Dan Bigman

Dan Bigman is Editor and Chief Content Officer of Chief Executive Group, publishers of Chief Executive, Corporate Board Member, ChiefExecutive.net, Boardmember.com and StrategicCFO360. Previously he was Managing Editor at Forbes and the founding business editor of NYTimes.com.

Stakeholder Capitalism’s Forgotten Stakeholder

If boards really want to make progress on ESG issues—not just for their companies but for society—they need to remember they can’t do it alone.

Remembering Arne Sorenson, CEO of Marriott And 2019 Chief Executive Of...

At a time of deep social division in America, Sorenson helped the nation's CEOs to reconsider their role in public life and was honored as CEO of the Year in 2019.

The True Meaning Of Bezos

Somewhere along the way to becoming one of the richest men in the world, Jeff Bezos also became the most influential and inventive business thinker of the last 50 years.

GameStop And What Comes Next

Market manias never end well. What’s at stake? Some quick thoughts.

Joe Biden And Leadership In Turbulent Times

[caption id="attachment_147294" align="aligncenter" width="696"] President Joe Biden[/caption] Leading up to Inauguration Day, my mind kept going back to an interview I did in late 2018 with historian Doris Kearns Goodwin on her then-new book, Leadership in Turbulent Times. We focused on the practical: What CEOs could learn from three of our most successful presidents, Teddy Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln and FDR, about how they bucked up their teams, got smarter by welcoming dissenting ideas (Lincoln wasn’t the only one with a cabinet of rivals), dealt with frustrations—and ultimately kept their sanity and good humor. But one part that stands out—at least today—was her response to my asking her about our era. She said: “One of the things that Teddy Roosevelt said was the way democracy would founder would be if people in different sections, and different regions, and different classes felt that the other people were ‘the other’ and that they didn’t feel a common sense of citizenry with them. “I guess when I look at how did we get through these times, it does give me a certain kind of reassurance from history that we ended up stronger than before because we did have not only the leaders but the citizens that bonded together with those leaders. “And if we’ve done it before,” she said, “problems created by man can be solved by man.” Not a bad thing to keep in mind, and something it seems Joe Biden has taken to heart. I hope we all do in the trying months ahead. The other thing—a bit more amusing—that stands out was a story she told me about a CEO asking her how the great presidents dealt with anxiety. I told them FDR was the kind of person who just believed that ‘As long as I’ve made a decision, as tough as it is, with the best information possible, in the time period I had to, I’m just gonna roll over and go to sleep. I’m not one of those carpet walkers that stays up at night wondering whether I’ve done the right thing.’ “When Lincoln was worried about what he was doing, he would stay up all night writing a memo about some decision that may not have gone well and figure out what he had done wrong so that it wouldn’t happen again. “So, I said to the CEO, ‘So how do you fall asleep at night when things are tough?’ And he said, ‘I take an Ambien.’”

Business Leaders Condemn Mob Assault On U.S. Capitol; ‘This Is Sedition’

Jay Timmons, who leads the largest organization representing American manufacturing, said Vice President Mike Pence should consider invoking the 25th amendment in the wake of Wednesday's violence. 'This is sedition and should be treated as such.'

Geography Is Friction

For smart companies, remote work could be most promising management development since the GI Bill birthed the information economy of the 1950s and 1960s.

Patrick Lencioni Exclusive: Discover Your Team’s Genius

Do too many of your company’s best ideas go nowhere? Why are some of your smartest people silent in brainstorming sessions? Best-selling author Patrick Lencioni offers answers to these and other key business questions with his most provocative—and productive—idea so far: The Six Types of Working Genius.

The Most Painful Lesson From The SolarWinds Hack

As companies get more sophisticated, hackers are finding new weak spots. Often, that means attacking a company through its suppliers.

Bank Of America CEO Brian Moynihan On The Lessons Of Rugby:...

In this debut edition of our new Corporate Competitor Podcast, Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan sat down with longtime Sports Illustrated Associate Editor Don Yaeger to discuss how sports shaped Moynihan’s professional trajectory.
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New Poll: CEOs Find Challenges In Using Customer Data To Drive Innovation

Ability to harness and sort through data for meaningful insights remains a hurdle, many say. “The key is...finding what is actually relevant.”


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CEO Confidence Jumps At Start Of 2022

Chief Executive’s January CEO Confidence Index poll shows growing CEOs optimism about future business conditions, with their rating hitting a six-month high.