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Emerging Markets Are Starting to Unravel for Some Companies

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Coca-Cola and McDonald’s are the latest global firms to experience the slowdown taking place in emerging markets where U.S.-company CEOs have put a great deal of effort recently. Company chiefs also are being pressed in unprecedented ways by so-called rising “global challenger” companies that are taking more share in their domestic emerging markets and even venturing more boldly than before into western markets.

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Unleashing High-Potential Talent in Your Organization

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High-potential talent is a critical business differentiator in the human age. Organizations that successfully identify, develop and maintain a steady stream of “ready now” leaders gain measurable financial performance advantages over their peers.

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Why a Brilliant Business Strategy Isn’t Enough

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Many leaders believe that having a first-rate business strategy is the key to bolstering a company’s growth, gaining a competitive edge and increasing shareholder value. But if that’s true, why do so many companies with great strategies fail? And what then, is the real key to success?

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The Biggest Ethical Mistakes Made by CEOs and How to Avoid Them

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I was recently asked about the biggest ethical mistakes CEOs make. In 35 years as an ethics consultant, I have seen some doozies. After all, you only hire an ethics consultant if you face an ethical dilemma. And once an ethical mistake occurs, it is extremely hard to set things right with the public and media, who already may believe that companies routinely engage in unethical conduct. The truth is that most of these mistakes are entirely avoidable—if you are on the lookout for them. Here are the top 5 ethical mistakes I've seen made by CEOs.

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A Call to Action—More Board Involvement in Strategy

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“Where was the board of directors?” That is one of the questions I am asked most frequently.  And it’s a good one.  Readers and audiences wonder how a well-educated and experienced board could allow a company—like Blockbuster, Hostess, RadioShack, Sears, Circuit City and Blackberry, to name a few—to fall into bankruptcy, or a situation where the future looks dismal, perhaps impossible.

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IBM Should Take A Strategy Lesson From Alibaba

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For years, IBM’s leaders didn’t take strategy lessons. They gave lessons, as the company’s strategy served as an example for others to follow. But with sales stagnating lately, it may be time for company leaders to get a strategy lesson—from an unlikely candidate: Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba Group.

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Should You Do Away With Weekly Meetings?

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Dilbert’s pointy-haired boss goes ballistic when challenged about the value of the day’s big meeting: “I called this meeting, and it’s not a meeting until someone’s time gets wasted!” That’s not far from the truth, though the motivation for meetings at most large companies is usually more benign.

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McDonald’s CEO Reveals the Brand’s 4 Biggest Problems

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McDonald's is struggling to get back on top. The fast food giant reported Tuesday that global same-store sales dropped 3.3% in the third quarter. And the company has lost market share to fast-casual brands like Chipotle and better-burger restaurants like Five Guys. 

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Leadership Lessons From Charles Schwab’s Former CEO

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David S. Pottruck has a new book out this week, called Stacking the Deck: How to Lead Breakthrough Change Against All Odds. I talked to him about his career and what he learned about leadership along the way. Here are edited excerpts of our conversation.

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