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Jun

01

2013

Effective Risk Management Supported by Internal Audit Activities

Contributed By Anthony Padilla Most businesses today face a shifting landscape led by economic uncertainty, closely followed by growing regulatory burdens. These variables add to an already full plate of risks facing owners, executives, investors, and boards. Enterprise risk is a collective term – it encompasses product, personnel, operational, regulatory, fraud, litigation, economic, country, credit and other risks which management has to address to varying...

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May

22

2013

Should Your Next Office be in Africa?

Contributed by Ed Trevisani As an executive that has worked in 40+ countries and managed a $350MM business where a good part of the responsibility covered emerging economies in Russia, CIS countries, the Middle East and Africa, there are some interesting learning points to consider if your company intends to expand into these Regions. Africa is a market full of opportunity and RISK. The World...

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May

06

2013

CEO Confidence Up, but Worries Persist About Staff Quality and Availability

According to the Q1 2013 Vistage CEO Confidence Index  CEOs are cautiously optimistic. The underlying strength of the economy is allowing CEOs to finally focus on the issues within their own businesses rather than worrying about the national economy and policies. The Confidence Index was 96.6 in the 1st quarter 2013 survey, up from 87.0 in the prior quarter and the highest level since last...

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Apr

30

2013

Get the Facts. Is the Temporary Workforce Here To Stay?

The job market has definitely changed from what prevailed throughout the 20th century. The trends we are now seeing is that there is a lack of job security and loyalty among companies and employees. Employees who have full time positions no longer expect to indefinitely keep those positions.  Here are some facts and stats to consider: According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average...

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Apr

26

2013

12 Signs That an Acquisition Will Crater

Contributed by Robert Sher I have noted previously that the most successful acquirers don’t see all acquisitions as being equally challenging. They know acquisitions fail on average 50% of the time, so they evaluate each deal on risk and complexity, then decide if they have the competencies to deal with them. They make deals with their eyes wide open. We have found 12 risks and...

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Apr

26

2013

The Company Culture Can Makeor Break a Company

Contributed by Lisa Gallagher The fuss about “Company Culture”:  Besides impacting the bottom line; the company culture drives the firm’s ability to attract the market’s best talent.  Take Zappos, for example, where employee attrition is an industry low of 5% and 75% of Zappos customers buy from them again.  Every great leader knows that getting the right people on the bus and retaining them is...

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Apr

26

2013

Aligning Philanthropy to an Organization’s Mission

Contributed by Andrew Rauch There are many interpretations and definitions for developing a mission statement, but the one that I like is, “a statement of an organization’s purpose for existing”. It goes to the heart of why an organization exists. For some companies, including my own, an important part of the mission is to create opportunities to be philanthropic. We believe that these opportunities to...

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Mar

22

2013

Leadership Styles for 2013 and Beyond

Contributed by Robert M. Donnelly It’s a fact that technology is allowing companies to increase profitability with fewer and fewer employees. Corporate earnings have risen at an annualized rate of 20.1 percent since the end of 2008. However, disposable income only grew 1.4 percent annually for the same period. Not only is the U.S. government now being forced to eliminate jobs in 2013, but sequestration...

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Mar

19

2013

Making a Business Partnership Successful

Contributed by JJ Richa Business partnerships have their advantages and disadvantages.  Taking on a business partner is like a marriage.  In general, partnerships are easy to get into and difficult to get out of.  Certain guidelines should be taken into consideration along with a path to follow – from dating to pre-­nuptial to marriage – all of which can be applied to a business partner....

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Mar

19

2013

How Mid-Market Companies Can Develop High-Performers

Contributed by Robert Sher For the last 12 years, Gallup polls consistently indicate that more than two-thirds of employees at U.S. companies are not motivated to be productive. They are either “not engaged” or “actively disengaged.” Even more important, companies with high “employee engagement” financially outperform those with low engagement. Clearly, low morale is widespread – and costly.  But how does this apply to middle-market...

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