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A decade ago, the skill set of the HR leader was defined by the classic 80/20 rule: 80% HR administration, 20% business. Today, this rule has been overturned. A company’s HR executive is a critical component of the leadership team. CEOs are increasingly pulling HR professionals to the leadership table, asking them to play a more strategic role and requiring that they have a firm understanding of the business and its long-term goals.[…] Continue Reading »

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In February, CVS announced it would stop selling tobacco products, and take a $2 billion hit to the bottom line, because they were starkly at odds with the company’s core purpose of promoting customer health. Larry Merlo, president and CEO of CVS Caremark, said in a news release, “Ending the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products at CVS/pharmacy is the right thing for us to do … to help people on their path to better health.[…] Continue Reading »

The Young Entrepreneur Council is an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. YEC recently launched StartupCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses. Read previous SmartBlogs posts by YEC.

As a CEO, how can I get honest feedback from my team?

1. Be open

I think it starts with you as CEO in the beginning.[…] Continue Reading »

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When I e-mailed my great idea to the CEO, I was pleasantly surprised by the fast response. He loved it and wanted me to discuss it further with one of his deputies.

While he might have preferred that I submit the idea using our corporate crowdsourcing platform, he was pleased with my initiative and my interest in improving our firm.[…] Continue Reading »

Interviews and panels at conferences tend to go one of two ways: The speakers are engaging, prepared, skillful and interactive, or they are dull, don’t mesh well with each other and have little new to say. In both cases, and even on all but the best of the best panels, the speakers are all tremendously confident their opinions and projections are correct, and they substantively agree with one another.[…] Continue Reading »