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Two-Plane Habit: GE Exec’s Travel Latest Example of Wasteful Corporate Culture

GE shareholders and much of the business world were surprised to learn about the wasteful business travel practices of recently retired CEO Jeff Immelt. The WSJ reported recently that for much of his tenure at GE, Immelt traveled in a … Continue reading

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On the Court or in the C-Suite, Leaders Embrace Win-at-All-Cost Drive at Their Own Peril

The NCAA basketball kickback scandal is just getting started and it’s already bagged a big one – Louisville’s Rick Pitino, who was forced to resign after details of the wide-ranging probe were unveiled. Expect many more heads to roll as … Continue reading

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Study Finds Public Losing Patience When CEOs Act Out

Add Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, Amazon’s entertainment chief Roy Price and KB Home’s Jeffrey Mezger to the growing list of executives making headlines for the wrong reasons. One of the most powerful producers in Hollywood, Weinstein was forced out after … Continue reading

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Uber Leadership Vacuum Exposes Strings Attached to Startup Financing

The executive leadership vacuum at Uber and a series of PR missteps and management blunders is exposing the contentious push-pull dynamic between private equity and venture capital investors and startups that usually plays out behind the scenes and rarely makes … Continue reading

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President Not Alone in Cavalier Approach to Protecting the Digital Crown Jewels

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Crass Executive Spending Puts Leading Veterans Charity under a Cloud

As obvious as it seems, abusing an expense account with lavish personal spending is one of the most common ways a CEO can get into trouble. Being an executive comes with reasonable perks that are necessary and helpful to doing the job. But some people get carried away and forget that these funds are not for their personal use and enjoyment. Continue reading

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Office Romances Doubly Dangerous for CEOs

It seems we can’t go for more than a few months without a CEO’s romantic entanglements getting him into trouble. The latest victim, if you can call him that, is former Stryker Corp. CEO Stephen P. MacMillan, who was recently … Continue reading

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What to do when your successful business unit is sold

Success is sometimes rewarded in strange ways, such as when a company sells off a highly profitable business unit in order to raise cash (as Nestle did when it bought Cadbury and as Barnes & Noble is considering doing with … Continue reading

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What’s the Best Way to Take People With You to a New Company?

I’ve devoted a couple of blogs (here and here) to what things executives should and should not take with them when they change employers. Simply playing that part right can help avoid litigation with former employers. Where it gets really … Continue reading

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Mandatory Retirement Age Policies Not so Mandatory

Two recent high-profile executive retirements, both citing the companies’ mandatory retirement age policies, raise the question “how can mandatory retirement age policies be legal?” The truth is, most of them aren’t. Neither IBM CEO Sam Palmisano nor Freddie Mac Chairman … Continue reading

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