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1. Trends from year one of conflict minerals reporting

C-Suite Brief | Apr 09, 2015

In a recent webinar, two Deloitte CPAs provided a comprehensive review of manufacturers' reporting practices and expectations for year two's disclosure requirements. Watch the full recording for the extensive Q&A covering executives' top conflict minerals concerns -- including smelter lists, penalties and IPSAs. Blog Blank (04/03)

2. Latin America's outlook: Adjusting to less favorable external conditions

C-Suite Brief | Apr 30, 2015

Fernando Sedano, Ph.D., economic consultant
Three factors are behind Latin America's depressed business environment: lower commodity prices, corruption scandals in numerous countries and concerns about financial stability arising from massive capital outflows. Economic Update Blank (04/28)

3. U.S. manufacturing's first contraction since the Great Recession

C-Suite Brief | Apr 23, 2015

Cliff Waldman, director of economic studies
During the first quarter of 2015, U.S. manufacturing suffered its first output contraction since the Great Recession. American factories are confronting numerous headwinds, including diminished export competitiveness as a result of the rising dollar. Economic Update Blank (04/20)

4. 9 questions to ask before giving a presentation

C-Suite Brief | Apr 23, 2015

The best presentations begin with careful consideration of the audience, according to an excerpt from the book "Presentations." Presenters should consider nine questions, ending with, "Will you or someone else hold them accountable for what happens during or after the presentation?" Harvard Business Review online (tiered subscription model) (04/17)

5. The U.S. needs a more competitive corporate tax system

C-Suite Brief | Apr 16, 2015

A white paper from the MAPI Foundation and NAM notes that the U.S. corporate tax system is a drag on manufacturers' global competitiveness. The paper looks at tax rates in developed countries and finds that the United States is at a disadvantage. Policy Analysis Blank (04/13)

6. Oil: What's up? What's down?

C-Suite Brief | Apr 23, 2015

Donald A. Norman, Ph.D., director of economic studies
U.S. oil inventories have soared and are at record highs while the number of active rigs is down. A decline in U.S. production will put upward pressure on the price of oil, as will world consumption, which is expected to continue growing. Issues in Brief Blank (04/20)

7. Ethical CEOs deliver better performance, study finds

C-Suite Brief | Apr 16, 2015

Executives with high moral standards tend to deliver better corporate performance, according to a study by KRW International. CEOs who received high character ratings generated an average return on assets of more than 9% over two years, close to five times higher than what CEOs with poor character ratings were able to do. Harvard Business Review (tiered subscription model) (04/01)

8. What is Lean, and why does it matter for leadership?

C-Suite Brief | Apr 30, 2015

Lean strategies aren't just for manufacturers -- they can also be a valuable approach for leaders looking to improve their skills, argues Jacob Stoller, author of "The Lean CEO." Lean leadership focuses on making the most of the people in your organization and stripping away what doesn't add value. "[T]he Lean journey allows the CEO to naturally evolve from reactive day-to-day decision maker to proactive teacher, coach, and strategist," Stoller writes. Leadership Now (04/22)

9. Why traditional time-management strategies don't work anymore

C-Suite Brief | Apr 30, 2015

Traditional time-management strategies do not prepare workers for the modern pace of business life. Companies need to offer training that helps workers understand their roles, deal with distractions and manage workflow. Harvard Business Review online (tiered subscription model) (04/22)

10. N.Y. senator touts bill supporting "manufacturing universities"

C-Suite Brief | Apr 23, 2015

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., is drumming up support for the Manufacturing Universities Act of 2015, a bill that would offer financial incentives to 25 colleges designated as "manufacturing universities." The schools would work to connect students to manufacturing opportunities, boost programs that support manufacturing skills and collaborate with local companies, according to the bill. Daily News (New York) (04/19)

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