Cover: 31st Annual Chief Executive of the Year
Who will be the peer-driven choice for the most outstanding CEO of the year? Our cover feature will profile a business leader who exemplifies strong leadership and has a track record of sustained performance. An in-depth interview with the CEO of the Year will highlight the lessons business leaders can glean from 2016’s beacon of excellence.
Smart Manufacturing Summit IV
Eighty percent of U.S. manufacturers say digital operations are a “critical driver of manufacturing competitiveness,” according to a recent survey. Yet only 13 percent feel that their own organization has digital manufacturing capabilities. This feature will explore the insights about 21st century manufacturing that CEOs, including Harley-Davidson’s Matthew S. Levatich, share at Chief Executive‘s Smart Manufacturing Summit held April 6-7 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Why and Where Companies Are Reshoring
How some companies are re-defining their global value chains
One-third (37 percent) of manufacturers with annual sales above $1 billion and 48 percent with sales in excess of $10 billion say they are planning or actively considering shifting production facilities from China to the U.S. Statistics from The Reshoring Initiative show that Ford shifted 3,250 jobs from Mexico to Ohio and Michigan, ranking second to Walmart among companies reshoring over the previous five years. The world’s largest retailer reportedly moved 4,444 jobs back to the U.S. from a variety of countries, while General Motors brought 1,800 jobs from Mexico into the U.S. This feature will examine the reshoring trend these and other companies, including supply chain company Flextronics, hair products company Farouk Systems, electronics company NCR and aerospace giant Boeing, demonstrate, looking at how fundamental assumptions about labor and productivity in our economy have changed and how companies respond to incentives. Contributor: Bill Holstein
Corporate Citizenship: Radical Engagement
Traditionally, companies have relied on corporate social responsibility (CSR) as a way to engage with stakeholders, yet less than 30 percent of CEOs believe their companies engage successfully. Drawing on personal experience, Johne Brown offers an insightful op-ed that demonstrates how integrating societal and environmental issues in a companies strategy and operations can be a key differentiator for companies and the CEOs who lead them. Contributor: Johne Browne, former CEO of BP
Surefire Ways to Keep Your Best Employees from Leaving
The traditional ‘rank and yank’ method of evaluating employees annually has not worked well for many companies. Managers still tend to pick employees who are most like themselves and formal annual reviews are increasingly viewed as ineffective. More and more companies, including Accenture, Microsoft, Medtronic and Adobe, have dropped are shunning traditional methods in favor of other systems, some based in part on ideas crowdsourced from employees. This feature will explore new methods of evaluating and incentivizing employees, such as Adobe’s Check In, in which employees “check in” with their bosses for real-time discussions about how things are going regularly throughout the year. Contributor: C.J. Prince
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 select major metro areas, regional industry clusters and cooperation initiatives between states. Contributor: Warren Strugatch
Plane Advantage: The Benefits of Business Aviation
Business aviation offers CEOs a business tool that can help augment productivity, create time and generate unprecedented efficiency. This 3-part series will cover CEOs and their companies that utilize business aircraft daily to gain a competitive advantage. In addition to analysis and recommendations for choosing the best business aviation services, the series includes business aircraft acquisition strategies, insights on charter, fractional ownership and jet card programs. Series will be included in the March/April, July/August, November/December editions. Contributor: Mark Patiky
Columns and Departments
Making Technology Work In each column an expert presents a critical technology issue facing many CEOs and offers steps on 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 explores organizational and leadership issues and what CEOs can learn from the experiences of their peers.
Executive Life Luxury keepsake watches for collectors and CEO aficionados. Contributor: Michael Gelfand
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