Strategy

CEOs are leading in a time of constant transformation and relentless pressure, facing unending streams of decisions that must be made—at lightning speed, with imperfect information. At the same time, they must manage the risks those decisions pose to their companies and ensure that leaders lower down in the organization are armed with the data
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Valorie Burton grew up participating in track and gymnastics until she reached high school, at which point she discovered two life-changing activities: cheerleading and leadership. An only child and daughter of a career military man, Burton took naturally to leadership on the first real “team” she ever joined. Although she recalls being a bit too
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Thanks, Omicron: So far, 2022 feels like an extension of last year’s psychological slog of employee illness, supply chain snarls, operations chaos, and death by meetings about vaccines. Though many balance sheets ended 2021 on a high note, those earnings came at a personal price to executives. Leaders have been burning the candle at both ends and are now exhausted. And anxious. According to a Bloomberg
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Like other CFOs, Alex Amezquita at Herbalife Nutrition is looking back at the past year’s myriad challenges as he sets forth his capital priorities for this year. “This is the time when we set our budget, discussing what we’re going to be spending money on,” said Amezquita. “Current macroeconomic conditions influence the `what,’ but the
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In 2013, the monetary authority of Singapore said it had uncovered an interest-rate bid-rigging scandal involving some of the world’s largest banks. Three years later, a pair of Cayman Islands hedge funds, FrontPoint Asian Event Driven Fund, and Sonterra Capital Master Fund sued the banks in federal court in New York. The lawsuit referred to
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Science confirms what many executives already know: that good leadership goes deeper than being smart, skilled and visionary. The true influence of a great leader can be measured only by their impact on others. After all, a leader’s behavior directly affects the energy of their people: in one study, 59% of people said their leader
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As 2022 dawns with the biggest spike in Covid cases yet seen, perhaps it’s time for CEOs and senior leaders to rethink the crisis. I’m not talking about vaccines, or masks, or back to the office strategies anything like that. I’m talking about bolstering your mental health and your team’s mental health. I’m talking about
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As a successful entrepreneur and now EVP of Personal Growth Solutions at the John Maxwell Company, Becky Bursell knows that the “greatest frustration for leaders is not understanding where to spend their time.” Bursell created an amazing hack to help her solve this challenge: “I learned to focus more on wins and then to sign
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As we head into the end of the year, it’s instructive—and fun—to take a look back at our most-read stories of 2021. It’s an eclectic reading list that speaks to the interest of our CEO readership in continual improvement, helping their people. And lists. • Up For Grabs: The Best & Worst States For Business
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Globalization. Climate change. Consumer awareness. Social activism. Supply chains buckling. Every time a board of directors looks up, a new issue arises. It’s no longer the classic board game of Risk, governed by diplomacy, conflict and conquest. Of all those issues in play, ESG (environmental, social and governance) now looms largest. It covers a wide
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The next time you find yourself interviewing somebody for a position at your company, follow Ryan Alford’s advice: look for candidates who show strong evidence of having done their homework and arrive prepared to show you more than their record of accomplishment. Yes, their experience and skills count, but they are probably not as important
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In the American business world, there is a generally accepted, and often unspoken, etiquette that most businesspeople follow. Be on time, dress professionally, use a firm handshake, make eye contact, show initiative, be respectful of your superiors and so on. Take a look around the world, however, and you will find widely diverse protocols that
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The executives I advise have been reflecting on the year to date, encouraging their teams to finish strong. As they prepare budgets and refresh strategy, they’re also thinking about the year ahead. Most are identifying specific steps they will take to ensure 2022 gets off to a good start. Review the business context Executive conversations
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