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3 Ways You Can Expand Your Business Into New Areas

More CEOs and business chiefs today are exploring a wider range of opportunities for their companies than they’ve ever considered before. That’s one conclusion of the recently completed 18th Annual Global CEO Survey by PwC. More than half of CEOs surveyed (56%) believe it’s likely that their companies increasingly will compete in new industries over the next three years. Three in 10 entered a new sector or sub-sector in the past three years, and 21% have considered doing so.

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Kai and Zen: 5 Steps to Making Good Change Stick

Change is inevitable and it's hard, but how you lead it sets the tone for your entire organization. While achieving short-term deliverables is possible using fear as your dominant motivator, the probability of making long-term improvements stick from short-term thinking, or from too big of an improvement project, is nil. That kind of change is bad. Make change good however, and the corresponding improvements become sustainable, and appreciated by those whose lives are influenced by it.

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CEOs Talk About Their 2015 Outlook

As they head into 2015, U.S.-based CEOs wonder if the economic glass is half-empty or half-full both in the United States and around the world. And for the first time since the Great Recession, their collective expectations for the New Year tip toward steady growth and a smoother path for doing business despite lingering questions about the strength of economic recovery.

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Stock Buybacks Are Becoming More Popular With CEOs

As CEOs watch the continued economic uncertainty around the globe, many remain hesitant to invest their companies’ cash in building factories, buying new equipment or hiring more workers. So, more of them have been turning to another way to deploy idle financial assets: buying back the company’s own stock.

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Pulte’s Richard Dugas Builds a Better Mousetrap

Richard Dugas, CEO of Atlanta-based builder and developer Pulte Group, took a company that had suffered a significant hit after the 2008 economic downturn and shifted the strategy from owning real estate to building and selling homes. Three years in, the company has paid down $1 billion in debt and reintroduced a dividend to its shareholders, one higher than it has ever paid before.

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