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Wall Street Leans Toward Female Leaders 
Want your company to have a healthier bottom line? Put a woman in charge. A new study shows companies with better financial performance have more women in leadership roles. Those findings are backed by other research—and experiences on Wall Street.

Emerging LEAD(HR) Conference Focuses on Leadership Skills
Lead. Excel. Aspire. Develop. The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is gearing its two-day Emerging LEAD(HR) Conference around those concepts as it prepares to kick off its inaugural event Sept. 30 at the Wynn Las Vegas in Nevada.

CEO Departures Rise
Turnover among chief executive officers (CEOs) in the United States rose slightly in July 2014, as 105 of these top-level executives announced their departures, according to a new report by Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc., a global outplacement consultancy.

CEO Pay Up But Bonuses Shrink
Pay for chief executive officers at the largest American companies increased from $9.3 million in 2012 to $10.1 million in 2013, largely due to a vigorous U.S. stock market, according to consultancy Equilar Inc.’s 2014 CEO Pay Strategies Report. However, stock options are making up less of senior leaders’ total compensation, researchers found.

Emotions Play Role in Decision-Making
Feelings take precedence in decision-making for senior business leaders, according to a study on emotions and business. Researchers also discovered that executives believe values, company culture and reputation are just as important as big data when it comes to making decisions.

High-Performing Companies Pay Executives Differently
High-performing companies design their executive compensation programs differently from many other organizations, according to a new study by consultancy Towers Watson.

Proximity to CEO Drives Marketers’ Pay
Chief marketers who report directly to CEOs are likely to earn more than their peers, according to a new study by the 7,000-member Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Council.

How to Present Metrics that Matter to Senior Leaders
Making presentations to C-suite executives can be a nerve-wracking proposition for even seasoned HR leaders. Top executives aren’t shy about showing their impatience with reports that don’t quickly address their key concerns or that fail to draw a connection between workforce data and financial results. 

Reputation Matters
Impressions are a finite resource, which is why first impressions count. Yet now, more than ever, personal recommendations are spoiled by bad first impressions, and brand advocacy is sullied by negative PR.

Should You Tell Employees They're High Potential?
Should leaders tell employees they have high potential? There are pros and cons to doing so. 
LinkedIn Among Best Places to Work
Computerworld’s 21st annual 100 Best Places to Work in IT for 2014 is out and among those on the list are Quicken Loans, Coca-Cola Enterprises, LinkedIn and Noah Consulting. 

Be Ready to Admit When You’re Wrong
PHILADELPHIA—Agility and innovation are critical to leadership success, but leaders also need to be able to admit mistakes, said National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) CEO and Chairman Brian France, speaking June 18, 2014, at the Wharton Leadership Conference at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. 

Study: Time with the Boss a Good Thing
Studies show spending more time with your boss and building a positive relationship with him or her are good ways to advance your career. 

Leading in Uncertain Times
PHILADELPHIA—In uncertain times, leaders should take a hard look in the mirror and strive “to create certainty, stability and confidence,” advises Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, the 20th chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force.
When HR and CFOs Collaborate
Companies perform better, have better employee engagement and experience higher degrees of productivity if their chief human resource officers (CHRO) and chief financial officers (CFO) have strong relationships.

HR Can Strengthen Women’s Leadership
The loss of opportunity when women continue to be marginalized in today’s corporate environment has a negative impact on our economic landscape. Here are ways HR managers can help fortify women’s leadership.

CEOs Likely to Overestimate Strategy 
New research reveals that CEOs are much more likely than lower-level executives and managers to overestimate their organization’s ability to translate strategies into successful business plans.

Leadership Firm Finds Racism--in Typos
Typos have long been the pet peeve of recruiters, HR professionals, proofreaders and editors. But, according to a new study from leadership consultancy Nextions, people are less likely to see typos when they think the author is white.

How to Improve Employee Engagement
According to Gallup’s latest State of the American Workplace report, 70 percent of U.S. employees are either “not engaged” or “actively disengaged” at work—at a cost of $450 billion to $550 billion per year. 

Execs Prefer to Hire from Within
A survey of business leaders nationwide revealed that 71 percent of them prefer developing current employees’ skills to move them into more-senior roles over hiring external candidates.

Focusing on High-Performers Puts Enterprise at Risk
Federal HR Chiefs Embracing Change
CEO Pay Soars
New Report on Executive Pay
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When Female CEOs Fail

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