Leadership/Management

Excellence in Embedding Creativity

Long before Apple icon Steve Jobs resigned from the helm of the technology giant last August, industry observers began mulling Apple’s hypothetical future without him. The questions loom larger since his death in October. Will the company that forever changed mobile computing with revolutionary devices such as the iPod, iPhone and iPad continue innovating at the same extraordinary level and pace under successor CEO Tim Cook?

Do CEOs with Military Experience Outperform Others?

Since the military produces many leaders, it’s no wonder that many go on to work in business (though that number is lower than you might imagine). So how does military service translate into better serving of shareholders from the C-suite? In the stereotypical view of military life, a few people at the top give commands, and everyone down the line salutes and does what he or she is told. But if that picture was ever true it is certainly not true anymore.

What an Outside Facilitator Can Do for You

No matter how hands-on you usually like to be as a business leader, in the case of running meetings at a retreat, it’s often...

The CEO’s Guide to Executive Retreats and Board Meetings

Of all the responsibilities you might typically associate with being a CEO, planning an executive retreat isn’t one they teach you about in business school. However, a recent survey of CEOs conducted as part of Chief Executive’s February CEO Confidence Index research clearly shows that many of today’s CEOs consider their role in arranging retreats an important task—something they consider well worth their time and energy.

Leading a Cultural Revolution

When Keith Williams took the helm of Northbrook, Illinois-based Underwriters Laboratories in 2005 the 118-year-old company was floundering. The company’s UL Mark—the symbol it...

5 Lessons from FedEx CEO Fred Smith

Fred Smith founded FedEx in 1971 with borrowed money and has grown it into a $42 billion company, so it's safe to say he knows more than a little bit about management. Here are five lessons that CEOs can learn from Smith's experiences. The first: don't hide failures, use them to improve.

Do Better CEOs Get Better Feedback?

CEOs who thoughtfully and methodically approach their staff with specific questions about their company, leadership and strategy can cultivate not only valuable feedback, but build a culture of give and take that may boost productivity and make a good leader into an even better one. Here are some examples of how CEOs have used feedback to strengthen their organization.

What’s New in Business Management?

Every CEO should be developing a strategy to inculcate innovation in the fabric of their company so that they have a sustainable unique value proposition which gives them a competitive advantage by creating an emotional bond with their customers.

Organizational Change: Three Keys for Lasting Success

It’s a tough challenge to successfully manage change while maintaining day-to-day operations, yet in today's fast-paced global business environment change is inevitable. Here are 3 keys to lasting success.

Being “Authentic” Doesn’t Give One License To Be An Ass

The guy who told us to “Think Different,” who strived for perfectionism, scrutinizing his products along with everyone around him, never really turned the lens inward on himself because he didn’t have to.
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CEO CONFIDENCE INDEX

CEO Confidence In 2021 Economic Recovery Strengthens In September

In a survey of more than 600 CEOs, 4 out of 5 forecast a positive business environment by this time next year—if a vaccine is found and the presidential election goes off smoothly.