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New Data Helps Manufacturers Determine Where to Expand

The 2014 Manufacturing and Logistic Report gave Michigan, Indiana, Iowa, Oregon and South Carolina an “A” for manufacturing health, while five states received Fs and 10 received Ds.

Lynn Russo Whylly Manufacturing July 7 2014

Manufacturing Is on the Rise Across 15 Sectors

The Institute for Supply Management’s (ISM’s) New Orders Subindex rose slightly—from 56.9 in May to 58.9 in June. The increase was subtle on a month-over-month basis, but of more significance, it was the highest reading since December.

Lynn Russo Whylly Manufacturing July 7 2014

Lessons in Corporate Culture From General Motors

The current series of quality issues that have resulted in the deaths of drivers of GM cars highlights a number of challenges in corporate culture and ethics for CEOs.

Bob Donnelly Change Leadership , Innovation , Leadership July 7 2014

Should Other CEOs Follow Tesla’s Musk and Open Their Patents?

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, has shaken up the auto industry again, this time by announcing that Tesla Motors will let other companies use its patents. The move has other CEOs wondering if this a strategy they would benefit from.

Dale Buss Manufacturing July 7 2014

A CEO Checklist for Adopting Real-Time Pricing

For generations, we have lived in a world of static pricing, which, by its nature, has translated into losses of customers when prices are set too high and losses of profits when prices are set too low. In response, adjusting prices in real time to reflect continuous changes in consumer demand and underlying supply costs has become increasingly common.

Alok Gupta and John Parker Dealmaking/Negotiations , Marketing & Sales , Profitability/Growth July 7 2014

1-800-Flowers’ Second Blooming

Jim McCann talks about sowing the seeds for future growth at a mature company.

Jennifer Pellet Innovation , Marketing & Sales July 7 2014

B2B CEOs Must Align Their Companies to Maximize Growth Potential

B2B business is booming and has been for some time. The B2B sector is undeniably a huge driver of the economy, and in many ways, there has never been a better time to be a B2B business. But conversely, there has never been more competition either, and significant challenges lie ahead.

John Neeson Profitability/Growth July 3 2014

Texas Is Getting Good Marks for Handling Growth

The eyes of the U.S. economic-development community are upon Texas as it prepares to accommodate 4,000 jobs in the move of Toyota’s North American headquarters to the Lone Star State over the next few years. And staring over their shoulders are CEOs and business owners looking on with excited curiosity as they ponder the possibility of following in Toyota’s footsteps and moving to or expanding within Texas.

Dale Buss Best & Worst States , Best & Worst States for Business 2014 July 3 2014

10 Things CEOs Are Doing to Stay Fit and Focused

On the heels of the shocking announcement last week that JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon has been diagnosed with throat cancer, this is the perfect time to remind all CEOs of the importance of staying fit and healthy.

Lynn Russo Whylly Health & Fitness July 3 2014

The M&A Market Is Heating Up. Is the Time Right to Make a Move?

The M&A market is going to be hot this summer. That means that as the velocity of spending increases, small to mid-sized business valuations across the nation will increase as well. For CEOs looking to strengthen core competencies through acquisition or divest non-core capabilities, the timing might be right to make such growth-related decisions.

Rick Andrade Mergers & Acquisitions July 3 2014

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