The CEO-as-Health-Adviser: Redefining the Role of Executive Leadership

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A CEO is, in the truest and most expansive definition of the word, a chief executive officer. Which is to say, that role covers all the things a company does, from creating and shipping goods and services to shaping the workplace culture and corporate philosophy that sets the tone for employee satisfaction. The chief responsibility of a CEO is to ...

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A Leader for All Seasons: Resolution in the Face of Illness

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In the course of writing about the importance of legacy, and because it is apple (and Apple) season, allow me to share with you some additional points about the influence an inspiring leader can bequeath to his or her supporters. With regard to Steve Jobs, a singular personality of charisma, showmanship, excitement (not for nothing did he describe Apple’s devices ...

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The Rise of Fracking and the Goal to Keep Machinery Running: Expert Guidance and Wise Instructors

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Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” is an increasingly important source of energy exploration within the United States. Its economic influence is substantial, and its political significance is beyond dispute. Concerning the latter, I understand and respect that there are differences of opinion about fracking in general. But the best way to avoid any problems, to the safety of individual workers, neighboring ...

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“Groupoff”: When Discounting Your Brand Means Destroying Your Value

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A note to readers: My passion for brands is just that, admiration – even awe – for companies that maintain a mystique about their respective businesses. Indeed, so great is the power of some brands that they inspire their own rites of initiation, consumer conclaves, secret menus (particularly among a West Coast burger joint, which now extends to Arizona, Texas ...

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Follow the Leader – It’s More than a Game; It’s about Being Engaged

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When people are led, they are more likely to be engaged. People who are managed do what is necessary and no more. Getting your team successfully engaged in the “work at hand” has been a challenge for all leaders since the beginning of time. Having your team engaged is especially important as employers of all shapes and sizes struggle with ...

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What’s the Big Fuss about Corporate Inversions?

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So what is a corporate inversion, and why are so many companies moving their parent company to Ireland? It all revolves around Ireland’s favorable tax policies and the U.S.’ antiquated corporate income tax system. While most countries require their citizens (i.e., real people) to pay tax on their worldwide income, few countries require the same of corporations outside of the ...

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The Making of a Great Communicator: Acknowledging Your Supporters

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If I have one piece of advice about leadership, and I have many lessons I can share about this subject, it is to be a great communicator. Rather, it is critical to acknowledge and respond to the very people, who, because of their own modesty and excess deference to authority, do not expect a person of power to notice an ...

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A Stanford Education in Midland, Michigan: Universal Truths About Business Success

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Here is some advice for aspiring entrepreneurs and established executives: If you seek a Stanford education, then visit Midland, Michigan. More precisely, travel to the offices of Stanford LP Gas, headquartered in Midland, which is also home to Chemical Bank and the Dow Corning Corporation. In this community of canopied stores, public parks and personal philanthropy – amidst 110 acres ...

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4 Reasons No One Has Ever Seen Your Website

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As a small business, entrepreneur, or organization leader, you spend a lot of time sweating the details on your website.  You agonize over each image selection and debate the relative benefit of words like “customer-driven” and “best-in-class”.  You make sure that you have all of the relevant details in there, like how to contact you or where to buy your ...

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The Zen Of Logistics Management For CEOs

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As the CEO of a company that offers products or services to consumers, it’s essential to become very good at logistics. This will not only keep customer’s satisfied, but make your business one of the top performers in your industry. Why Logistics Is Important In essence, astute logistics management helps your company handle all the changes happening in your organization, ...

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