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1. 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)

2. 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)

3. Why is capital investment lagging?

C-Suite Brief | May 14, 2015

Capital investment, a major contributor to productivity and economic growth, has lagged since the end of the dot-com bubble in 2000, according to a new report from the Aspen Institute and the MAPI Foundation. One factor is the U.S. corporate tax structure, which creates a competitive disadvantage in global markets. Policy Analysis Blank (05/06)

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. 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)

6. Masters of money

C-Suite Brief | May 07, 2015

Cliff Waldman, director of economic studies
Cliff provides a primer on the roles of central banks and explains how monetary policy is shaping the global picture. Manufacturers should take note, considering that they are increasingly doing business on a world stage. Issues in Brief Blank (05/05)

7. How Johnson Controls finds and develops tomorrow's leaders

C-Suite Brief | May 07, 2015

June 4, Chicago
Succession planning is a common concern for MAPI member companies since many executives are becoming eligible for retirement. At the Talent and Leadership Forum, the third of MAPI's June HR Forums, Lisa Spitzer will explain how Johnson Controls is preparing for this shift by using learning agility as a tool in identifying promising talent. Forum Blank (05/05)

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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