Category: Articles for CEOs

21 Lessons From Jeff Bezos’ Annual Letters To Shareholders

Each year, Jeff Bezos writes an open letter to Amazon’s shareholders. Over the last two decades, these letters have become an unparalleled source of insight into how the world’s richest man — and his company — think about customers, innovation, building products, and more.

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PwC’s 21st Annual Global CEO Survey (2018)

Despite highly publicised handwringing over geopolitical uncertainty, corporate misbehaviour, and the job-killing potential of artificial intelligence, PwC’s 21st CEO Survey reveals surprising faith and optimism among chief executives in the economic and business environment worldwide, at least over the next 12 months.

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How CEOs Can Work with an Active Board

At companies of almost all sizes, across all sectors, boards are undergoing a profound transformation. Largely as a result of intensifying shareholder intolerance of mediocre or poor corporate performance, the ceremonial boards of the past are being replaced by active boards that are more demanding of managers and more intrusive in their affairs.

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The CEO guide to China’s future

For ten years or more, China has been a uniquely powerful engine of the global economy, regularly posting high single-figure or even double-digit annual increases in GDP. More recently, growth has slowed, prompting sharp falls in international commodity prices and casting a shadow over the near-term prospects for developed and emerging markets.

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The CEO guide to boards

To help CEOs and board chairs, as well as executives and directors, build strong boards, this McKinsey Quarterly CEO guide synthesizes multiple sources to make quick sense of complex issues in corporate governance.

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How new CEOs can boost their odds of success

The success of CEOs is deeply linked to the success of the companies they lead, but the vast body of popular literature on the topic explores this relationship largely in qualitative terms. The dangers of these approaches are well known: it’s easy to be misled by outliers or to conclude, mistakenly, that prominent actions which seem correlated with success were responsible for it.

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Decoding leadership: What really matters

Telling CEOs these days that leadership drives performance is a bit like saying that oxygen is necessary to breathe. Over 90% of CEOs are already planning to increase investment in leadership development because they see it as the single most important human-capital issue their organisations face. And they’re right to do so: earlier McKinsey research has consistently shown that good leadership is a critical part of organisational health, which is an important driver of shareholder returns.

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The New CEO’s Guide to Transformation

How do you turn ambition into sustainable results?

New CEOs and senior executives often take over with a mandate for change and a short window of opportunity. To create lasting results — and fundamentally improve the company’s performance — leaders often need to launch a transformation programme. A structured four-step process can help flip the odds in their favour.

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CEO takes 90% pay cut to make employees happy

Dan Price, CEO of Seattle-based payment processing company Gravity Payments, has taken the decision to introduce a new minimum wage of $70,000 (£47,000) for his employees, while reducing his own salary by 90 per cent.…

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Risk and the Unmarried CEO

A new Wharton paper, “Status, Marriage and Managers’ Attitudes to Risk” examines the role that marital status plays in the investment decisions of CEOs.

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