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1. Pot, patents, bribes & hacks

C-Suite Brief | Jan 29, 2015

Rae Ann S. Johnson, general counsel
Manufacturing is the No. 1 most cyberattacked industry. This creates substantial challenges for corporate lawyers, who also contend with disjointed marijuana laws, severe bribery penalties and shifts in patent law. Find out how companies are responding. Issues in Brief (01/28)

2. A pattern of growing trade imbalances

C-Suite Brief | Feb 19, 2015

Ernest H. Preeg, senior adviser for international trade and finance
The U.S. trade deficit in manufactures surged by $19 billion in the fourth quarter of 2014 and the Chinese surplus rose by $35 billion. U.S. exports for the year grew by 3%. Policy Analysis Blank (02/12)

3. Manufacturing growth: Better than it seems

C-Suite Brief | Jan 29, 2015

Daniel J. Meckstroth, Ph.D., vice president and chief economist
Major indicators paint a picture of positive but moderating growth. December's large gains in metals and high-tech and solid growth in nondurables were offset somewhat by losses in many industries. Economic Update Blank (01/28)

4. Oil demand: The other side of the equation

C-Suite Brief | Jan 29, 2015

Donald A. Norman, Ph.D., director of economic studies
The historical relationship between economic growth and oil consumption has changed in recent years. Even amid economic growth, consumption in the U.S. and European OECD countries is forecast to decline in the long term. Policy Analysis Blank (01/28)

5. How to get employees to be accountable for one another

C-Suite Brief | Feb 19, 2015

Real leadership is about helping those around you to do better, and creating a culture in which everyone tries to find ways to spur peers to new heights, says Natarajan Chandrasekaran, CEO of Tata Consultancy Services. "If somebody says, 'Hey, I see you're doing that, and I can give you a tip,' the person has to be open to hearing it and to want to hear it," he says. New York Times (tiered subscription model), The (02/10)

6. How Churchill grew into his leadership role

C-Suite Brief | Feb 05, 2015

Winston Churchill made many mistakes of action and judgment, including his embrace of the gold standard and views on Mohandas Gandhi, but he ultimately demonstrated the leadership his country needed during World War II, John Simpson writes. "It's an illusion to think he was just a rhetorician, a guy who skated over the issues. He was deeply immersed in all the detail, and all the technicalities. And that helped him to get the right answer," says Boris Johnson, mayor of London and author of a book on Churchill. Independent (London) (tiered subscription model), The (01/25) BBC (01/22)

7. Webinar: The global outlook

C-Suite Brief | Feb 05, 2015

Wednesday, February 25, 3 p.m. Eastern
Cliff Waldman will detail how the slowly broadening and strengthening U.S. rebound is countered by weakness and instability in other regions. He will also discuss the growth implications of volatility in oil, currency and equity markets. Register now. Webinar Blank (02/03)

8. Some states buck downward manufacturing trend in Jan.

C-Suite Brief | Feb 12, 2015

Midwest manufacturers posted strong growth in January despite a slowdown in the national manufacturing activity level. January's backlog of factory orders fell, and the manufacturing trade deficit continues to get worse, noted Daniel Meckstroth, chief economist for the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation. "The only good news in the report is that the employment index continues to signal a rising level of manufacturing employment," he said. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (02/02)

9. Manufacturing output ticks up in Jan., Fed reports

C-Suite Brief | Feb 19, 2015

U.S. manufacturing output edged up 0.2% in January, according to a Federal Reserve report. Compared with January 2014, manufacturing was up 5.6%. "Sentiment indicators, including the Purchasing Managers Index, imply moderate production growth and the continued gains in manufacturing jobs show that firms have orders and need to expand," said MAPI Foundation Chief Economist Daniel J. Meckstroth. "Lower energy prices have decreased costs and will boost consumer spending." IndustryWeek (02/18)

10. How to persuade people to embrace change

C-Suite Brief | Jan 29, 2015

Most people don't want to change and don't have to, writes Tara Seager. Thus, change initiatives need to focus on winning hearts and minds, overcoming fear and resistance, and modeling and reinforcing desired behaviors. "Leaders must influence people to join them on their journey," Seager writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (01/20)

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