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How to Navigate Past Revenue Inflection Points

Why do otherwise strong companies stop growing? Is it a sales or product issue? Does a key market dematerialize? Here are some proven ways to jump over hurdles for growing firms.

Christine Comaford CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy , Operations August 23 2013

Strategies for Coping with Obamacare

Some small-businesses are thinking of splitting their firms or taking other steps to avoid the associated costs and regulatory burdens of the Affordable Care Act. Most owners have other less-radical options for maneuvering around the law’s provisions such as transforming their workforce to part-timers, reducing their workers’ hours or even lay off staff in order to remain below the thresholds established under the act. Under the law, firms with 50 or more full-time-equivalent employees will have to provide “minimum essential” and “affordable” coverage, or pay a penalty for each employee in excess of 30 full-time employees.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy , Operations August 23 2013

Nine inventory management mistakes—and one easy solution

Managing excess inventory is a challenge in even the most efficient organizations. Overage issues can drain profitability and take your focus away from core business priorities. When faced with excess inventory, many companies try the following common—though misguided—strategies. But there’s one solution you may not have tried.

Gary C. Smith CEO Briefing Newsletter , Operations August 9 2013

Six Ways to Boost the ROI of Your Strategic Alliance

Since the 1990s, numerous studies have shown that 40% to 60% of strategic alliances do not meet CEO and senior [...]

Pamela S. Harper and D. Scott Harper CEO Briefing Newsletter , Governance/Compliance , Operations December 21 2012

Quality and Safety Are Cited Among Top Concerns of Manufacturers and Consumers

87% of manufacturers agree that government regulations are increasingly stringent. 90% of manufacturers are convinced that innovation is becoming more important. 75% of manufacturers think that consumers are more concerned about the ethical and fair treatment of workers at all levels of the supply chain. 42% of consumers strongly believe that manufacturers need to improve product quality. These are among the key findings of a recent Underwriters Laboratories annual study of manufacturers and consumers.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Operations December 20 2012

A Renaissance for American Manufacturing?

Greater stability, productivity and innovation—along with a shift in comparative labor-costs—are restoring the made-in-America advantage.

Dale Buss Operations September 14 2012

Avoiding the “Hazards” of Operational Excellence

The tendency of teans to see markets from the perspective of their own products rather than the eyes of their own customers can lead to a myopia that can lead even well performing companies astray. Here’s how to correct that.

Jason Green and Taddy Hall Operations September 10 2012

Myths and Misrepresentations About Income Inequality

One of the main pillars supporting the income inequality debate has been found to be seriously flawed throwing doubt onto the claim that the rich are getting richer. In addition, there is much confusion in the public discourse when politicians talk about the wealthiest Americans. Income is not wealth — and the whole tax controversy is about income taxes.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Compensation , Operations , Talent Management July 26 2012

How to Get the Most from Your Chief Supply Chain Officer

Supply chain management is no longer just about reducing costs.

John Kador Magazine articles , Operations , Supply Chain/Logistics July 13 2012

How Procurement Innovation Can Drive Productivity Gains

A recent McKinsey study identifies technology innovations in supply chain integration as the ideal path to productivity gains necessary for increased competitiveness. Procurement is an easy way to start.

William Gindlesperger Leadership & Strategy , Operations June 23 2012

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