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Articles from September/October

Defined-Benefit Pension Plans: The Staying Power of Deficits
Despite better-performing stock markets and proposed accounting changes, defined-benefit pension plans still remain underfunded and risky, these coauthors state. However, despite the fact that some companies are closing down their defined-benefit plans...
Immunity from Implosion: Building Smart Leadership
At the top of every "smart organization" is "smart leadership," vital, open-minded leaders. Moreover, these leaders and their organizations have an early warning system that enables them to remain "smart," and ahead of their competitors. These authors,...
Individual and Collective Leadership in the Boardroom: Why Feedback Is Vital Even at the Top
If evaluating boards of directors was a product the "evaluation" would be just beyond the product launch stage. Indeed, it's only in the past few years that more and more companies have started to conduct evaluations. This may explain why the potential...
Leading Creatively: The Art of Making Sense
Relying on formulas and the tried and true is not an unreasonable approach for a leader to solving a problem. But solving many of today's complex problems - and ultimately, outflanking the competition - requires creative leadership. Specifically, today's...
Pricing for Growth and Profits
Many companies have a significant opportunity to improve their top- and bottom-line growth by improving their processes and execution on pricing. As these authors point out, senior management teams must summon the analytical skills and courage to confront...
The Natural Next Step: Cross-Enterprise Leadership(TM)
As Peter F. Drucker believes, "decision-making is the specific executive task." And in today's complex, ever-evolving business environment, any single decision invariably reverberates throughout the entire organization. What if a company moves its manufacturing...
The New World of CEO Succession
Despite urgings and admonitions, many boards still pay far little attention to the issue of succession management. The resulting exercises in both bad leadership selection and bad leadership, which are often public, can cripple an organization and its...
Why Making the Decisions the Right Way Is More Important Than Making the Right Decisions
Many managers disdain "process" - organizations that put a premium on "the way things have always been done around here" over those that champion bold and rapid decision making. Ironically, as this author states, making the right decision is less important...
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