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Creating Smart Splits: 3 Tips for Managing Your Talent During a Divestiture

As CEOs reassess their portfolios due to heightened competition, divestitures are playing a more important role in corporate strategy. In particular, there was an exceptional increase in high-profile announcements in the U.S. technology sector in 2014. The total value of first-half 2014 transactions jumped 62% over the value of transactions in the first six months of 2013. Mega-deals accounted for more than 35% of total first-half 2014 deal value, including five deals worth more than $43 billion each—a level of activity not witnessed since before the financial crisis.

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Wal-Mart’s Wage Move May Have Opened Pay Increase Floodgates

Wal-Mart’s high-profile move to raise its minimum wage was aimed at least in part at boosting its reputation among certain constituencies. But what ever the motive, the action now looks like it may have been inevitable given other rising market forces at work. It’s also apparent that Wal-Mart's maneuver may have set in motion a trend that could affect just about any company with hourly employees.

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Should You Be Jumping on the ‘Higher Wage’ Bandwagon?

For CEOs who continue to look for signs that the U.S. economy is really in lift-off mode, new developments in wages are nudging them closer to becoming believers. There are more signs, both statistical and anecdotal, that American wages are on the rise, and some CEOs are actually leading that charge. Should you be part of that trend?

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For Better Results, Forget Stretch Goals and Lower the Bar

As you review last year’s business results, you’re likely working with your leadership team to help its members develop 2015 stretch goals for themselves and their organizations. However, since most executives think that goals motivate, they believe wrongly that a stretch goal has the added value of challenging people to do more than they otherwise would.

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3 Ways to Boost Revenue Through Increased Employee Engagement

Company performance can be directly linked with employee engagement, with new data in an Aon Hewitt survey suggesting that higher levels of engagement breed improved worker performance. The survey also revealed that employers and businesses with the highest quantifiable levels of workers outperform average companies by 6% in sales growth, 4% in operating margin and 6% in total shareholder return.

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