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SmartBrief on Social Media, the daily snapshot of social media news and insights, has relaunched as SmartBrief on Social Business. This new focus reflects the broad changes to business in the social media era, from marketing to customer service to revenue models. As part of the relaunch, we’ve asked industry leaders to give their thoughts on what it means to be a social business.[…] Continue Reading »

Bill Swanson is North America CEO of Cartridge World, but he’s also the company’s global chief financial officer. I recently asked him how he came to hold both roles, how he balances and weighs those responsibilities, and how other companies might study a similar strategy and structure.

You have a finance background and came to Cartridge World as global CFO before adding the North America CEO role.[…] Continue Reading »

A new vice president (“Hank”) was hired from outside the company to fix the organization’s broken supply chain. He was put on a short leash: the CEO wanted to see results within three months.

With that fire lit under him, Hank wasted no time. During his first week on the job, Hank made the rounds, meeting with a cross-section of people throughout the organization and asked a series of questions, including: “Who’s not performing up to par?”; “Where is the dead weight?”; and “Where can we cut costs?”

These are all important questions, but this executive got the timing wrong.[…] Continue Reading »

“The difference between involvement and commitment is like ham and eggs. The chicken is involved; the pig is committed.” — Martina Navratilova

“The biggest differentiator of companies that excel in leadership development is the commitment and ownership of the CEO or top executive.” — Dan McCarthy

Don’t you hate it when people quote themselves?

It’s easy for a “chicken” CEO to just pay lip service to leadership development.[…] Continue Reading »

The year 2013 has begun, and with it a new year of scrutinizing CEO performance. It’s worth taking one last look at 2012′s poor performers to see what we can learn for this year.

In case you haven’t seen one yet, here’s a compilation of the 2012 lists:

1. The Bloomberg Businessweek Worst CEOs of 2012

Sydney Finkelstein, a professor at Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business, has been doing his list for three years now.[…] Continue Reading »