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Manufacturers to D.C.: Make Us a Can-Do Nation Again

Prior to the President’s State of the Union address, National Association of Manufacturer’s (NAM) chairman Doug Oberhelman (CEO of Caterpillar) and NAM president Jay Timmons posted this article on Real Clear Politics offering a challenge to our political leaders in taking steps to revive manufacturing. They cite the Skills Certification System as a critical pillar in our manufacturing economy.

Doug Oberhelman & Jay Timmons CEO Briefing Newsletter , Manufacturing , Operations February 9 2014

Is Apple’s Magic Wearing Thinner?

Apple’s recent quarterly profits may have disappointed investors, but does this suggest that the magic is beginning to fade? The Apple strategy is proving to be both unconventional and extremely difficult to implement over a long period.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy , Operations February 2 2014

Coming to Grips with the Purpose of “Purpose”

In his observations of great and the good at this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the Financial Times senior editor observed one trend that didn’t receive much notice elsewhere: how to use the term “purpose.”

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy , Operations February 2 2014

Will Companies Drop Healthcare Coverage Because of ACA?

Will 2014 mark the beginning of the end for employer-sponsored health insurance as we know it? Target recently announced that it will no longer provide health insurance for its part-time employees. Trader Joe’s and Home Depot also made similar moves. Why? Some experts say it’s because of Obamacare. Others are not so sure.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Health/Benefits , Operations , Talent Management January 26 2014

4 Workplace Flexibility Trends for…2015

In this predictable interval of 2014 prognostications, let’s think a little further ahead.

Shani Magosky CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy , Operations January 26 2014

How Far Should States Go in Offering Incentives to Business?

In the tussle with state governments over tax breaks and incentives, sometimes companies blink first.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Operations January 20 2014

How to Get the Most Out of Your COO

When David R. Lumley, one of two co-chief operating officers at Spectrum Brands, was promoted to CEO in 2010, the maker of Cutter Insect Repellent, Rayovac batteries and other consumer products eliminated the COO position. Now, the Madison, Wisconsin-based company is considering reviving the job.

Fran Hawthorne CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy , Operations January 4 2014

How to Rein in Runaway Health Costs in Your Company

To heck with the exchanges. John Torinus, chairman of Serigraph, a West Bend, WI-based decorative and brand-related graphics provider, author of “The Company that Solved Health Care” and the forthcoming book, “Grassroots Healthcare Revolution,” tackled the difficult challenge of runaway costs, saying, “we did it. You can too.” Here he tells how to get started.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Operations December 1 2013

Using Genchi Genbutsu as the Ultimate ERP and Management System

Toyota Productions Systems’ (TPS) leadership and their employees refer to it as, “genchi genbutsu.” It is one of the most important and powerful analytical tools available to the executive today. What is it, and how can chief executives use the tool to help them improve their businesses and the performance of their employees?

Colin D. Baird CEO Briefing Newsletter , Operations December 1 2013

Regional Report: Southwest

A state-by-state look at what the Southwest has to offer businesses.

Warren Strugatch Economic Development , Operations November 25 2013

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