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Energy, Growth and Prosperity

The U.S.’s prosperity has historically been fueled by affordable energy. But the inexpensive electric power that gave American businesses and the overall economy a competitive advantage over other regions is about to get a whole lot pricier, James Rogers, CEO of Duke Energy, told CEOs gathered for a Summit discussion on energy policy.Transitioning to a low-carbon world, he points out, ...

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Succession in Practice

While CEO succession is much in the news, it is often discussed from the point of view of board members, consultants and search firms. To understand the perspectives of today’s CEOs on succession planning, we spoke with 18 sitting CEOs, one recently retired CEO and one sitting chairman, as listed in the sidebar on p. 30. To gain varied perspectives ...

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Finding Funding

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Without easy access to bank credit lines, CEOs of companies that were not already well-capitalized must get resourceful to find the necessary cash to operate. While access to capital isn't exactly quick and easy, there are a number of ways for solid mid-size companies to ease cash flow even in the current financial freeze.

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Understanding China IV: Stability

To understand China, if Pride, Responsibility and Vision are the first three guiding principles (see previous issues), Stability must surely be the fourth. If one appreciates just these four overarching ideas and can recognize their countless expressions, one already knows a good deal about what drives this nation and informs its leaders.Stability is the watchword, and a good part of ...

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Two CEOs, One Strategy

Innovation is becoming the lens through which leaders are directing a laser-like focus on business transformation. It’s easy to see why. Margins and product life cycles are shrinking, competitive pressure is growing, and the need for customer responsiveness has never been more important. Every company needs an edge. Enterprise innovation is not the sole domain of the entrepreneur. It can ...

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The Significance of Marketing in Challenging Times

While most of the companies are busy cutting cost and downsizing budgets owing to the current economic crisis, industry pundits are of the opinion that it is not only essential to hold on to the existing marketing budget allocations, but also bolster them to extract maximum out of the opportunities triggered by the onset of recession.’   “Don’t cut that ...

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