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GE CEO Jeff Immelt on the Future of GE-and of American Manufacturing

Not long ago, materials were cheap and labor was expensive. Today, the reverse is true, which is why it makes sense to re-shore production in many sectors. But more importantly, the product is increasingly part of the process, driving more companies to embed their know-how and innovativeness with the product itself, says GE CEO Jeff Immelt. That and the prospect of cheaper energy due to the fracking revolution will boost manufacturing in America.

JP Donlon CEO Briefing Newsletter , CEO2CEO Summit , Leadership & Strategy , Manufacturing , Operations March 10 2014

What Is “CEO Material?”

According to a recent Dallas Morning News story, a vast majority of Americans believe engineers are among the least likely professionals to succeed at the top of the corporate ladder. This, despite the fact that a third of all S&P 500 company CEOs had majored in engineering as undergraduates, according to a Spencer Stuart study. There is a reason why engineers make good CEOs…but don’t tell the folks in finance or sales.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter March 10 2014

Beyond ‘Fix or Fire’: 5 Steps to Manage the Maverick Executive

How should a CEO deal with a high performing executive who is nonetheless something of a rogue within the organization? Here 5 steps to take control of such situations.

Steve Axelrod CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy March 10 2014

4 Rules on How to Elevate Performance

Sixty years ago, Japan lay in a burned out heap of debris. America sent statistician and management consultant Dr. W. Edwards Deming to help – and indeed he did. What can American leaders, particularly those in manufacturing, learn from this historical improvement in culture to improve themselves?

Colin Baird CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy , Talent Management March 10 2014

Expect More Mid-Market Divestitures in 2014

Business owners are more interested in selling part of their companies rather than the entire enterprise. They’re also more inclined to divest significant assets to make investments rather than take on debt, and that 2014 and 2015 will be a buyers’ market. CEOs keen on opportunistic acquisitions may benefit.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy , Marketing & Sales , Mid-Market Company March 10 2014

Regional Report: Northeast

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

Warren Strugatch CEO Briefing Newsletter , Economic Development March 5 2014

What Are the True Implications for Manufacturers After the UAW Verdict at VW?

Manufacturing CEOs in the South and elsewhere heaved a sigh of relief after Volkswagen workers in Tennessee rejected United Auto Workers union representation. This isn’t the end of unionization attempts at transplants or suppliers.

Dale Buss CEO Briefing Newsletter , Manufacturing , Operations March 2 2014

6 Steps To Ensure Nadella’s Success at Microsoft

With the appointment of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella come expectations for him to make some quick changes. But is this wise? The six steps offered here could help guide any freshly minted CEO.

Aubrey Daniels CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy , Operations March 2 2014

Why It’s Better To Be The Best Rather Than The First

So many entrepreneurs want to have first-mover advantage. You feel compelled to get your breakthrough product into the marketplace ahead of the competition. You want the bragging rights of being the first and, of course, you know that because you’re ahead of the pack you will easily establish a dominant position. Right? Except, it’s not that easy. Here, a San Francisco entrepreneur shares lessons he learned the hard way.

Gurbaksh Chahal CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy March 2 2014

Does Your Wellness Program Hurt Your Profit…and Maybe Even Your Employees?

Suppose a vendor made you this proposal: “Pay us to take your employees off the job for medical tests that the government specifically says are unnecessary, and then send them to the doctor (at your expense) even though the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) says healthy adults don’t benefit from checkups. We also want you to bribe or even fine employees to drive participation. Despite this adverse morale impact and wasted time and money, we promise you’ll reduce your healthcare spending, mostly because we’ll make up the savings numbers.” Here’s a solution.

Al Lewis and Vik Khanna CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy , Operations March 2 2014

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