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6 Tactics for Fending Off Activist Shareholder Attacks

Attacks on CEOs of large public companies continue to make the news daily. There are lots of ways for CEOs to try to ward off such threats—and most of them have to do with just running a company the right way, with a clear strategy, optimizing opportunities, minding the bottom line, and being able to think like both shareholders and corporate raiders. But what if the wolf is already at the door, and is winning your loyal constituents over to their side? What can and should CEOs do once an activist shareholder has selected him, her, the board or the company as his prey?

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8 Leadership Tactics From a CEO Who Orchestrated a Successful Turnaround

A CEO who’s an expert in communicating goals and ideals with the people in his company can go a long way in advancing progress or in turning things around. For Kim Yost, chief of a major mid-market retailer in the Midwest called Art Van Furniture, one key to such success has been his use of symbols, icons, slogans, self-published books and even an internal video network to motivate the troops.

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How the Bullish Dollar Is Challenging CEO Decision-Making

For many CEOs, the dollar’s rise can be a decidedly mixed blessing. And a bullish dollar can test the mettle of even the shrewdest business tactician. It’s possible, with quick action, however, to take advantage of the dollar’s rise or at least buffet companies against it. But the temptation to do so can also backlash fiercely.

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Strategic Agility: A Leadership Imperative for a Volatile World

Today’s volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) world threatens CEOs who don’t adapt. Still, many fight fires, exploit immediate gains and set plans as if the business landscape was stable—though it’s clearly not. To create sustainable value amid the high stakes of uncertainty, it’s imperative that leaders take a disciplined approach to honing their strategic agility.

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Why Tesla and Toyota’s Patent-Sharing Strategies Are Not for Everyone

Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda at least have agreed on one way to achieve their widely varying visions of the future of the automobile: open up their patents on the technologies they’re promoting in the hopes of encouraging other automakers to contribute their own efforts in that area and create a critical mass of technology adoption and development that will push the company’s choice of future power trains across the finish line first.

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