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Published on: Friday, January 04, 2013

Federal Reserve Offers Companies a Roadmap for Growth in 2013

Posted By: Joseph Daniel McCool
Filed Under: leadership, joseph daniel mccool, growth, federal reserve, economic trends, business climate
The recent, unprecedented move by the Federal Reserve to tie an eventual increase in short-term interest rates to certain unemployment and inflation targets now provides business leaders with some of the policy-making guidance they can use to assess the business climate for growth in 2013 and beyond.

What the Federal Reserve did, in essence, was to remove a bit of uncertainty from the minds of CEOs, CFOs and investors, too, by telegraphing interest rate hikes based on unemployment and inflation thresholds rather than forecast dates roughly 24 months into the future.

That was a positive sign that may just give the federal government the momentum it needs to spur CEO confidence in the economy and push companies to start hiring again by pushing beyond the kind of partisan politics that has had business leaders shaking their heads in resignation for far too long.


Published on: Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Follow the Leader: Lynda Gratton

As the business world continues to globalize and a projected five billion people become socially and professionally interconnected over the next 10 years, London School of Business professor Lynda Gratton sees many possibilities for the future of work.

So what are the implications — and potential — for high performing individuals and teams? And what will organizations expect of executive leaders that they aren't now providing?


Published on: Thursday, December 27, 2012

Career Advice from World Leaders

Posted By: Robyn Greenspan
Filed Under: world business forum, robyn greenspan, leadership, management, wbf, executives, wobi
I've referred to the annual World Business Forum as a two-day crash MBA headlined by all-star professors. If the event is the course, then the executive summary would be the textbook.


The economic challenges of the past four-and-a-half years have stifled executive compensation, save for the incredibly overcompensated (and in some cases, completely shameless) big company CEOs we've read too much about during that time.

For the vast majority of executives, there's been scant — if any — movement to the upside in salary and bonus terms, and far greater pressures on their ownership shares or stock options, in some cases putting them underwater for some time. But there is light at the end of the tunnel… actually, maybe even sooner.


In this candid conversation with ExecuNet, innovative branding strategist Russell Stevens shares his views on why social engagement is so important to business today, the future of monologue brands, and other aspects of executive life.

He says there is an incredible amount of downward pressure on CMOs to do more with less and that advertising on TV is not the only way to build a brand, nor does it guarantee engagement. He states that if "marketers can figure out how to engage people, at scale, using all this great media, you now have a much more emotionally engaging, but measurable, way of connecting with people. That's the foundation toward moving toward social media."


Finding new ways to do business is always a challenge, but for success in an ever-changing world, business leaders today must be willing to try new things and remain extremely flexible. Read what some of the world's greatest innovators had to say in this ExecuNet exclusive.

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