Editorial Calendar 2015

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January/February 2015

Cover: Leslie Wexner, Chairman and CEO, L Brands

Best Companies for Leaders
Annual ranking of 40 best global and 10 best private companies for developing and growing leaders within. Examines leadership development ROI and direct involvement of the CEO.

Regional Economic Development Report: Southwest
A state-by-state look at what the region has to offer businesses and why CEOs choose to locate or operate there. In addition to new developments and incentives, the report examines changing competitiveness within the region and how incentives compare among areas. Writer: Warren Strugatch

ERPs for SMEs
What are the best practices when it comes to implementing Enterprise Resource Planning systems? Some CEOs complain about cost overruns, about not having the right people with the right skills sets, and about the difficulty of integrating an ERP system with other legacy systems. Here are the solutions to those problems. Writer: Bill Holstein

Gigafactory Ripples
Nevada has been given unprecedented credibility as a manufacturing site just because Tesla decided to break ground in Reno on a site for its proposed “gigafactory.” California is being given a fresh look because of how assiduously it  chased the gigafactory; and the siting community is taking a closer look at some of the “soft” factors that Tesla considered because of its progressive clientele, including states’ stands on gay marriage. Writer: Dale Buss

Eight Technologies That Will Change Your Business Writer: Warren Strugatch

Event Coverage: Highlights of CEO2CEO Leadership Summit Writer: Jennifer Pellet

Columns and Departments

Making Technology Work How CEOs can avoid misconnecting with customers when marketing digitally. An expert  focuses on this critical technology issue facing many CEOs and how best to address it.

Sonnenfeld Yale School of Management’s Jeff Sonnenfeld opines on topical leadership, governance and enterprise issues facing business leaders.

Chief Concerns RHR International CEO Tom Saporito comments on organizational and leadership issues and what CEOs can do about them.

CEO Passions Profiles of CEOs exhibiting their passion for collectibles, art and specific items of rare or personal interest. Writer: George Nicholas

Executive Life Concierge services for CEOs. Writer: Michael Gelfand


March/April 2015

Cover: Andrew Liveris, Chairman and CEO, Dow Chemical

Regional Economic Development Report: Northeast
A state-by-state look at what the region has to offer businesses and why CEOs choose to locate or operate there. In addition to new developments, the report examines changing competitiveness within the region and the role incentives play. Writer: Warren Strugatch

When Second-to-Market Beats First-to-Market
Companies like Boeing, Kia and Samsung have found great merit in a second-to-market strategy, waiting for key competitors to launch a market-disrupting product and then quickly following up with a more substantive offering that includes many of the innovations from the earlier market entry. While there are often patent issues to consider, as the Apple-Samsung odyssey in the courts illustrates, this process of adaptive architecture can yield substantial financial gains. Being the first kid on the line, in fact, can backfire. Writer: Russ Banham

Taking 3D to the Next Level: What  CEOs Need to Know
Three-dimensional printing has been a promising technology for years, but finally it seems to becoming a reality for certain types of companies and products, including those who are small and mid-sized. It’s gone beyond mere prototyping to making real B-to-B products for real customers. Here’s a guide to what advanced firms are doing and what CEOs need to know. Writer: Bill Holstein

If I Knew Then What I Know Now
We asked seasoned CEOs one question: What one piece of advice or information have you learned in the course of your career that you wish you could have given your younger self? The piece would ideally include two photographs of the CEO; a contemporary photo and a photo of the CEO at the beginning of his career to underscore the passage of time and the point that the featured CEO is talking to him- or herself. Readers will find this approach appealing as we all wish we could speak to our younger selves. Writer: John Kador

Event coverage: CEO2CEO Leadership Summit Writers: Jennifer PelletCJ Prince

Columns and Departments

Making Technology Work What to do about runaway projects that too often exceed cost estimates and important deadlines. An expert focuses on this critical technology issue facing many CEOs and how best to address it.

Sonnenfeld Yale School of Management’s Jeff Sonnenfeld opines on topical leadership, governance and enterprise issues facing business leaders.

Chief Concerns RHR International CEO Tom Saporito comments on organizational and leadership issues and what CEOs can do about them.

CEO Passions Profiles of CEO exhibiting their passion for collectibles, art, and specific items of rare or personal interest. Writer: George Nicholas

Executive Life Getaways: Exclusive vacation resorts & escapes Writer: Michael Gelfand


May/June 2015

Cover: 11th Annual Best and Worst States for Business
Special report on Chief Executive’s annual survey of CEO perception of the competitiveness of the states based on: tax and regulation, quality of workforce and living environment. Explores why some states “get it” and others, well, not so much. Writer: J.P. Donlon

Time for Economic Development to Make the Next Great Leap
In the face of gridlock at the federal level, states and cities are turning to the economic development profession as never before for help in spurring their regional economies. The success of Austin, Tex.; San Diego, Calif; Research Triangle Park, N.C.; and Orlando, Fla. prove that what happened in Silicon Valley, Calif., can be replicated elsewhere. Dynamic innovation ecosystems do not have to occur as an accident. Writer: Bill Holstein

M&A Case Study: Growth Through Acquisition—How Hain Celestial Does it Without Tears
Research shows that over 50 percent of M&A transactions fail. So why are some companies and CEOs better at it than others? Irwin Simon has built Hain Celestial into the world’s biggest natural foods company through acquisitions, blending numerous small companies into a profitable multi-brand smoothie. Writer: Warren Strugatch

Is Right-to-Work Changing the Competitive Landscape?
Right to work is beginning to make the Upper Midwest more competitive in business siting and expansion. And while Indiana and Michigan so far have benefited from switching their status, pressures are building on Ohio, Wisconsin and other states as well not to be left behind. Are companies influenced in their plant location decisions and how are non RTW states affected? Writer: Dale Buss

Columns and Departments

Making Technology Work Time-to-Market—What to do when systems are too rigid, inflexible, or hard to change, causing product or service offerings to be delayed.

Sonnenfeld Yale School of Management’s Jeff Sonnenfeld opines on topical leadership, governance and enterprise issues facing business leaders.

Chief Concerns RHR International CEO Tom Saporito comments on organizational and leadership issues and what CEOs can do about them.

CEO Passions Profiles of CEOs exhibiting their passion for collectibles, art and specific items of rare or personal interest. Writer: George Nicholas

Executive Life What Five CEOs Drive to Work—and What They Drive for Play Writer: Bill Holstein


July/August 2015

Cover: 30th Annual Chief Executive of the Year
Who will be the peer-driven choice for the most outstanding CEO of the year? Will highlight what business leaders generally can learn from 2014’s beacon of excellence.

Regional Economic Development Report: West
A state-by-state look at what the region has to offer businesses and why CEOs choose to locate or operate there. In addition to new developments and incentives, the report examines changing competitiveness and emerging developments within the region. Writer: Warren Strugatch

Will Franchising Falter?
How is the McDonald’s decision by the NLRB affecting the great American franchising system? How are franchising CEOs and franchisee chiefs adjusting to the big change on the labor front? Are there other forces that are straining a system that has led to tremendous wealth creation in the U.S. and elsewhere in the post-World War II era? Writer: Dale Buss

Has Amazon Overreached?
The online retailer has long seemed like the most formidable Internet competitor. It continues to grow, forcing publishers and even rivals to bend to its will. It even jumped into the development of a smartphone. Yet despite this, the company isn’t meeting profit forecasts. Has Amazon overreached? Is it trying to be everything instead of doing what it does best? Could it be headed toward a fall? Writer: Russ Banham

Event coverage: Smart Manufacturing Summit III in Indianapolis, featuring manufacturing partner Cummins. Writer: Jennifer Pellet

Columns and Departments

Making Technology Work Are you concerned that your company’s use of Big Data and analytics isn’t state of the art? An expert focuses on this critical technology issue facing CEOs and how best to address it.

Sonnenfeld Yale School of Management’s Jeff Sonnenfeld opines on topical leadership, governance and enterprise issues facing business leaders.

Chief Concerns RHR International CEO Tom Saporito comments on organizational and leadership issues and what CEOs can do about them.

CEO Passions Profiles of CEOs exhibiting their passion for collectibles, art and specific items of rare or personal interest. Writer: George Nicholas

Executive Life Second homes for CEOs Writer: Michael Gelfand


September/October 2015

Cover: Excellence in Corporate Giving & Philanthropy
Which companies exhibit best practices in their giving, volunteerism and in-kind donations? How does giving dovetail with a company’s mission and goals? Which firms, large or small, are particularly clever and creative in involving one’s entire workforce? What is the nature of the CEO’s involvement and support? Do companies that give more perform better than others within their industry? Writer: C.J. Prince

Compensation Report
Chief Executive’s original research on private company CEO compensation will examine pay differentials by type of ownership as well as by a variety of dimensions: company revenue size, number of employees, growth rate, and level of profitability. Writers: Wayne Cooper and Reuben Andujar

Regional Economic Development Report: Southeast
A state-by-state look at what the region has to offer businesses and why CEOs choose to locate or operate there. In addition to new developments and incentives, the report examines changing competitiveness within the region and how CEOs view the region compared with other areas. Writer: Warren Strugatch

Time for Big Data’s Payoff
It’s been promised to transform how companies do business. What CEOs and industries are harnessing it in the most promising ways? Where are big opportunities being missed?

Are Patents More Trouble Than They’re Worth?
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, announced that the electric car maker is giving up its patents, returning them to the public domain, because their benefits no longer compensate for their costs. Are patents still the crown jewels of intellectual property? Do the costs of defending patents make sense? Do patents stifle innovation? Can the patent system be repaired? Is there a better way to protect intellectual property? A number of younger CEOs have concluded that, on balance, patents no longer provide protection and impose considerable direct and indirect costs. Silicon Valley CEOs, especially, are dubious about patents and the costs of defending them against infringers and patent trolls. A discussion of the entire patent issue, pro and con, driven through the testimony of specific CEOs with skin in the patent game. Writer: Bill Holstein

Sidebar:  Will examine the case that Big Pharma CEOs often make—that patents still represent an indispensable asset of their businesses model. Offers the counter-argument.

How Distribution and Logistics Technology Is Transforming Business
More powerful software is becoming available that allows manufacturers to simulate what a product would look like and how it would perform. This is greatly speeding up delivery of new products and is also speeding up the process of innovation even at SME firms. Writer: Russ Banham

Event coverage: Chief Executive of the Year Celebration at the New York Stock Exchange and CEO roundtables

Columns and Departments

Making Technology Work How best can a CEO measure his company’s investment in IT? One can’t manage what one cannot adequately measure. An expert will focus on this critical technology issue facing CEOs and how best to address it.

Sonnenfeld Yale School of Management’s Jeff Sonnenfeld opines on topical leadership, governance and enterprise issues facing business leaders.

Chief Concerns RHR International CEO Tom Saporito comments on organizational and leadership issues and what CEOs can do about them.

CEO Passions Profiles of CEOs exhibiting their passion for collectibles, art and specific items of rare or personal interest. Writer: George Nicholas

Executive Life Private aviation. Writer: Michael Gelfand


November/December 2015

CEO Outlook 2016
Chief Executive asks CEOs of companies of various industries and firm size to opine on the challenges ahead for their firm and for business in general. Writer: Dale Buss

CEO Wealth Creators
Who is generating real value? This is the 7th annual ranking of CEOs who have generated real economic—as opposed to accounting—value as measured by EVA Dimensions’ metrics, economic value added (EVA) and market value added (MVA). These identify top companies that create real returns in excess of their risk-adjusted cost of capital. Writers: Bennett Stuart and Drew Morris

Regional Economic Development Report: Midwest
A state-by-state look at what the region has to offer businesses and why CEOs choose to locate or operate there. In addition to new developments and incentives, the report examines changing competitiveness within the region and how CEOs view it compared with other areas. Writer: Warren Strugatch

Instructive Failure
All CEOs are afraid of failure, but the best CEOs know how to manage that fear and engage with the reality of failure. This is an article about success–about how CEOs and their organizations can more effectively drive innovation, disrupt markets, improve operational effectiveness and grow. Not simply by relying on the usual levers of leadership: charismatic inspiration, committed teamwork, brilliant strategy or technological wizardry. But by exploiting a different resource altogether—the often discussed but still poorly understood territory of failure: the “other ‘F’ word. Writer: Russ Banham

The Proliferation of Media and the Risk of Over-Communication
Are some companies over-communicating with their constituencies, especially customers and consumers? At a time of social-media mania, do all their tweets, Facebook messages and email blasts have too much to say—and risk really important messages getting lost? Writer: Dale Buss

Columns and Departments

Making Technology Work How to rapidly incorporate new technology into product or service lines. An expert will focus on this critical technology issue facing CEOs and how best to address it.

Sonnenfeld Yale School of Management’s Jeff Sonnenfeld opines on topical leadership, governance and enterprise issues facing business leaders.

Chief Concerns RHR International CEO Tom Saporito comments on organizational and leadership issues and what CEOs can do about them.

CEO Passions Profiles of CEOs exhibiting their passion for collectibles, art and specific items of rare or personal interest. Writer: George Nicholas

Executive Life Corporate incentives. Writer: Michael Gelfand