Leadership & Strategy

  • Mozilla’s Eich, and the Role of Personal Beliefs in Corporate Transparency

    Complete transparency can be challenging for companies of all sizes and sectors, but is a goal that should be strived for. As the resignation of Mozilla’s CEO Brendan Eich shows, the subject has never been more topical than it is today.

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  • 6 Tips for Improving a CEO’s Reputation Among Employees During a Crisis

    CEOs often have to make tough decisions involving mergers, acquisitions, layoffs, salary freezes and more. Certain events, even when they are the best decision for the long-term health of the company, can generate widespread fallout, including damaging the reputation of the CEO. Communications consultants David Johnson and Don Middleberg offer tips to help CEOs handle negative reputational issues.

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  • How to Restore Trust When Goals Aren’t Met

    In light of the news that the U.S. Federal Reserve has rejected Citicorp’s request to increase dividends and buy back stock, CEO Mike Corbat is now in a difficult position. He not only has to find another way to turn the company around, he will also have to regain the trust of all stakeholders. And the latter, some experts say, is as critical as the former.

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  • Lessons for CEOs from Mary Barra’s Ordeal

    General Motors CEO Mary Barra’s faced the firing squad during her two days of Congressional testimony last week on the ignition-switch recall fiasco. Now she has to figure out how to pivot to the future – by fixing the culture. It’s all about transparency and authenticity.

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  • Chevron CEO Shows Rewards of Standing up to Green Bullies

    CEOs often opt to settle suits brought by environmentalists and other third parties against companies all around the world. Chevron CEO John Watson just demonstrated the potential rewards of sticking things out and fighting for ultimate justice rather than kowtowing to the rabid complaints of extreme progressives wanting to stick it to “big oil.”

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Kaizen and Other Tools to Improve Culture and Boost Productivity

Don’t wait for a crisis to unhinge your strategic plans. CEOs can use the principles of continuous improvement to engage employees in ways that can improve productivity while creating a culture of direct involvement. Here’s how.

CEO Briefing Newsletter April 6 2014

Glassdoor Reveals the Highest Rated CEOs for 2014

LinkedIn’s Jeff Weiner, Ford Motor’s Alan Mulally and Edelman’s Richard Edelman take top honors among large companies. Intacct’s Robert Reid, Applied Predictive Technologies’ Anthony Bruce and Paylocity’s Steve Beauchamp led the way for small and mid-market size firms. The report also reveals which traits employees most value in their leaders.

CEO Briefing Newsletter , Talent Management March 31 2014

Business leaders, Millennials Agree on Worth of Sheepskin

There appears to be at least one thing new college graduates and established business leaders agree on these days: A college education is worth less and less in the job marketplace. Frustrated CEOs say colleges should do more to prepare students saying that merely having a degree doesn’t necessarily prepare them for the workforce.

CEO Briefing Newsletter , Talent Management March 31 2014

3 Reasons Why IT Frustrates CEOs and What They Can Do About It

While most CEOs realize that computers have produced significant productivity, many remain frustrated with their company’s Information Technology activity due to: 1) Poor communication, 2) Persistent Unresolved Difficulties; and 3) Surprises.

CEO Briefing Newsletter , Operations March 31 2014

Lessons for CEOs on Barra’s Response to GM’s Crisis

Is it possible for a CEO to bear the brunt of responsibility with a crisis that festered before she was in charge? Can a company with a poor track record in corporate integrity ever do enough with new transparency measures to acquire a good reputation?

CEO Briefing Newsletter , Governance/Compliance March 24 2014

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