As they plan ahead CEOs must ponder an important question: how can they best connect with a new generation of employees and consumers who won't necessarily look, think or act like them?
If we focus solely on Mayer's, or any other CEO's, beauty, does that take away from their otherwise commendable accomplishments? Are we simply pointing out what society has long drilled into our mindsets -- that life is easier when you're attractive -- or are we adding the issues of sexism as it affects the perceptions of women in business?
Real innovation isn't in a job description or new title, it's a way of life.
You don't have to be J.K. Rowling or John Grisham to tell good stories. But you do have to be convinced that what you're doing is important. And you have to want to motivate the people around you to join in with your vision.
Looking ahead to the new year, one wish I have for 2014 is that more CEOs will make New Year's resolutions to dish out straight talk about their company's performance.
If we can educate organizations, in particular board members, on the virtues of humility and the destructive consequences of narcissistic and charismatic leadership, we may see a smaller proportion of entitled, arrogant, and fraudulent CEOs -- to everyone's benefit.
As information increasingly dulls the senses and muddles our brains, and as transparency becomes the norm, building enduring reputations grows in importance.
Portfolio company CEOs and VCs are feeling as good about the future as they ever have, with a stunning 86 percent of CEOs who plan to raise capital, saying it will be the same or easier to do so as compared to last year.
The article is designed to make not only its readers feel bad, but also some of the CEOs included in it. Just think how awful Unilever CEO Paul Polman must have felt when he realized his 6am rising time is simply not good enough.
What causes someone like Bill Gates to go from piecing together computers in his garage to building a colossal empire making him one of the richest men in the world? Join me today on my journey to greatness as together, we get inside the mind of business great Michael Szabados.
Collaboration is often missing from the workplace, particularly between the genders. At least that's the complaint of many women in many industries.
Like most women, I never really valued our amazing ability to multi-task until I became a working mother. I think although this innate ability in us is always "on," it really develops into our secret weapon as we get older and have more responsibilities.
If you ever truly want to be a leader, then you have to start by leading. This is through your actions not your position.
For many years, Great Clips CEO Rhoda Olsen followed the business advice of her big sister, a successful, trail blazing, whip-smart lawyer in New York City: Don't wear pants, don't have coffee with secretaries, and don't learn how to type.
CEOs and other leaders, in the corporate world and beyond, should do more than follow the news on the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare). They should also ask themselves what they would do if they were in President Obama'a shoes.
As I thought about all the questions that came to mind regarding unnovation vs. innovation, I began to instantly think about how abstract and unorganized my thoughts were.