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Emotions Play Role in Decision-Making
Feelings take precedence in decision-making for senior business leaders, according to a study on emotions and business. Researchers also discovered that executives believe values, company culture and reputation are just as important as big data when it comes to making decisions.

High-Performing Companies Pay Executives Differently
High-performing companies design their executive compensation programs differently from many other organizations, according to a new study by consultancy Towers Watson.

Proximity to CEO Drives Marketers’ Pay
Chief marketers who report directly to CEOs are likely to earn more than their peers, according to a new study by the 7,000-member Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Council.

How to Present Metrics that Matter to Senior Leaders
Making presentations to C-suite executives can be a nerve-wracking proposition for even seasoned HR leaders. Top executives aren’t shy about showing their impatience with reports that don’t quickly address their key concerns or that fail to draw a connection between workforce data and financial results. 

Reputation Matters
Impressions are a finite resource, which is why first impressions count. Yet now, more than ever, personal recommendations are spoiled by bad first impressions, and brand advocacy is sullied by negative PR.

Should You Tell Employees They're High Potential?
Should leaders tell employees they have high potential? There are pros and cons to doing so. 

Make HR a True Business Partner
ORLANDO, FLA.--An “HR business partner” is a strategic contributor who understands and plays a role in achieving the vision, mission, goals and results of the organization, explained Louisville-based consultant Sandy Allgeier, SPHR, at the start of her seminar, “HR Business Partners: A Consulting Skills Model,” in June at the 2014 Society for Human Resource Management Annual Conference & Exposition.

What Should Every HR Leader Know?
ORLANDO, FLA.—When it comes to strategic planning, HR professionals have to move from being the reactive problem solvers within their organizations to being adaptive and proactive, those attending a session titled “Strategy! What Every HR Leader Should Know,” at the 2014 Society for Human Resource Management Annual Conference & Exposition were told recently.

LinkedIn Among Best Places to Work
Computerworld’s 21st annual 100 Best Places to Work in IT for 2014 is out and among those on the list are Quicken Loans, Coca-Cola Enterprises, LinkedIn and Noah Consulting. 

Be Ready to Admit When You’re Wrong
PHILADELPHIA—Agility and innovation are critical to leadership success, but leaders also need to be able to admit mistakes, said National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) CEO and Chairman Brian France, speaking June 18, 2014, at the Wharton Leadership Conference at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. 

Study: Time with the Boss a Good Thing
Studies show spending more time with your boss and building a positive relationship with him or her are good ways to advance your career. 

Leading in Uncertain Times
PHILADELPHIA—In uncertain times, leaders should take a hard look in the mirror and strive “to create certainty, stability and confidence,” advises Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, the 20th chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force.

Firms that Fail to Innovate May Face Financial Risks
NEW YORK —Organizations are most fragile as they transform an idea into a product or new business and move from plan to reality. To succeed, companies shouldn't be afraid to embrace their 'inner MacGyver,' one expert says.

Women and Office Politics
Many women may cringe at the mere thought of office politics, but experts say businesswomen who aspire to executive posts avoid workplace dynamics at their own career peril.

Make Ex-Employees Brand Ambassadors
A strong employer brand cuts through the noise of social media, creates opportunities for recommendations, and gives talent (past, current and future) a sense of positive identification with your company.

When HR and CFOs Collaborate
Companies perform better, have better employee engagement and experience higher degrees of productivity if their chief human resource officers (CHRO) and chief financial officers (CFO) have strong relationships.

HR Can Strengthen Women’s Leadership
The loss of opportunity when women continue to be marginalized in today’s corporate environment has a negative impact on our economic landscape. Here are ways HR managers can help fortify women’s leadership.

CEOs Likely to Overestimate Strategy
New research reveals that CEOs are much more likely than lower-level executives and managers to overestimate their organization’s ability to translate strategies into successful business plans.

Leadership Firm Finds Racism--in Typos
Typos have long been the pet peeve of recruiters, HR professionals, proofreaders and editors. But, according to a new study from leadership consultancy Nextions, people are less likely to see typos when they think the author is white.

How to Improve Employee Engagement
According to Gallup’s latest State of the American Workplace report, 70 percent of U.S. employees are either “not engaged” or “actively disengaged” at work—at a cost of $450 billion to $550 billion per year. 

Execs Prefer to Hire from Within
A survey of business leaders nationwide revealed that 71 percent of them prefer developing current employees’ skills to move them into more-senior roles over hiring external candidates.

Focusing on High-Performers Puts Enterprise at Risk
Federal HR Chiefs Embracing Change
CEO Pay Soars
New Report on Executive Pay
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