Why CEOs have Liberal Arts Degrees

Mills Scofield

They are leading global airline, chemical, healthcare, pharmaceutical, and financial companies, among others. A career advisor once told me that those who pursue liberal arts majors and enter finance, consulting or technology are not the exceptions.

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Why CEOs have Liberal Arts Degrees

Mills Scofield

They are leading global airline, chemical, healthcare, pharmaceutical, and financial companies, among others. A career advisor once told me that those who pursue liberal arts majors and enter finance, consulting or technology are not the exceptions.

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Introducing 100 Coaches: Pay It Forward Champions

Marshall Goldsmith

Former President, Dow Chemical USA. Darek Lenart – Senior VP HR, Finance MasterCard. His vast experience from serving on the Committees of Finance, Judiciary, Education, and Rules. Dear Friends, Greetings from Rancho Santa Fe!

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Where Are All The Great Careers? Hiding Right Here.

Rich Gee Group

Car Sales - If you get into the game, you can quickly become a finance or desk manager making $120+ a year. A friend of mine is a chemical plant manager and he said that he pays his engineers $110k and he is worried that they aren’t paying enough.

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Can Index Funds Be a Force for Sustainable Capitalism?

Harvard Business Review

These two trends may seem separate—or, some people believe, incompatible—but together I believe they have the power to improve finance’s role in the world. The goal of ARD is to produce denim in a sustainable way by tackling the three main ecological issues the industry faces: water, energy, and chemicals. Sustainability Social responsibility Finance & Accounting Financial Services Digital ArticleHiroshi Watanabe/Getty Images.

Why America Is Losing Its Entrepreneurial Edge

Harvard Business Review

In chemicals, energy, technology, beer and more, you can see a multi-decade trend toward the consolidation of behemoths. Economy Entrepreneurship Finance The U.S. is one of the few nations on earth where private, for-profit business formation is seen as a quasi-heroic act. The resulting entrepreneurial culture has captured the world’s imagination and driven the nation to great prosperity. Yet now it is clearly faltering.

What It Will Take to Fix HR

Harvard Business Review

Those conditions elevated the work of the finance function to the point that, today, the CFO helps to set the course of business, advancing an organization’s growth and improving its competitive position by identifying and resolving key financial constraints. Nearly 40 percent of the 312 CFOs and other executives participating in Deloitte’s 2013 Global Finance Talent Survey said they are either “barely able” or “unable” to meet the demand for the talent required to run their organizations.

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Building Your Brand “Buddy the Elf” Style – Part 1 :: Women on.

Women on Business

For others, adults, Buddy was a “chemically imbalanced” adult man who thinks and dresses like an elf running around through the streets of New York City.

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How Organic Wine Finally Caught On

Harvard Business Review

Since the advent of agricultural chemicals in the nineteenth century, a variety of people have warned of risks to public health and the environment, but these people largely struggled to attract an audience until the late 1960s, when organic farming, natural food stores and organic food start-ups started to gain traction. Kroeger/Gross/Getty Images. If you cannot remember the last time you had a glass of organic wine, you are hardly alone.

How to Know If a Spin-Off Will Succeed

Harvard Business Review

The outsiders provide new blood in support functions such as finance, legal, or administration. For example, after its spin-off from International Paper, Arizona Chemical drastically changed its market approach from a drive for volume to margin optimization.

The Game Buyers Play with Vendors

Harvard Business Review

The potential customer's VP of finance contacted Bill and asked him to prepare a proposal for a multimillion-dollar initiative. She had a good relationship with the CEO of a medium-sized chemical company and had done a lot of work with the customer over the years.

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Rethinking Your Supply Chain in an Era of Protectionism

Harvard Business Review

With all of the changes and uncertainty, companies in a wide range of industries – from autos and chemicals to electronics and appliances – are moving quickly to rethink supply chains and make them more resilient. Of the major manufacturing sectors, only chemicals, food, and beverages and tobacco products saw a meaningful increase in the number of firms. Most U.S.

Case Study: Culture Clash in the Boardroom

Harvard Business Review

The two went way back: Both had been with their German parent company, Almond Chemical, since 1999, when it first established operations in China. Since then Almond China had set up two joint ventures with local partners — the only way foreigners could do chemical business in the country. 2 Chemical Company, were very active. As he walked into the lobby of the Hilton, he ran into George Ho, the finance director for the joint venture.

Figuring Out How IT, Analytics, and Operations Should Work Together

Harvard Business Review

At a global chemical manufacturer, the IT function has a highly educated team of fewer than 20 statisticians, operations research professionals, and PhDs to develop advanced demand forecasting models, supply chain operational optimization, and raw materials for purchasing-decision support.

Solving the Twin Crises of Energy and Water Scarcity

Harvard Business Review

Automobile manufacturers, for example, create products that rely on metals, chemicals, oil, and gas, which are among the most energy- and water-intensive industries.

What Is the Business of Health Care?

Harvard Business Review

Kodak had built a successful enterprise producing cameras, film, and photographic paper and chemicals, but what people wanted was images, and so when a better way to get those images was found, its customers followed. A third signal is that health care financing is testing these pathways too. If we can get the images we want in a better way, why use photographic film, paper, and chemicals? What Business Are We In? The Emergence of Health as the Business of Health Care.

The Rise of the COO

Harvard Business Review

COOs are relatively common in service industries such as financial services, energy, information technology and telecommunications, but in manufacturing sectors — such as automotive, chemical, and pharmaceutical companies — they are relatively rare. Part of the problem may be in the backgrounds that companies desired: 85% of COOs had experience in operations, strategy, or finance. Does your company have a COO today? What role does he or she play in the organization?

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7 Charts Show How Political Affiliation Shapes U.S. Boards

Harvard Business Review

Both Republicans and Democrats say the most effective board committee is audit/finance. chemicals, metals & mining, paper & forest products). Are corporate boards as polarized politically as the general population?

Boards Aren’t the Right Way to Monitor Companies

Harvard Business Review

The company provides services in a myriad of industries, such as health care, water treatment, aviation, and financing. One of the key functions of a board of directors is to oversee the CEO to ensure that shareholders are getting the most out of their investment.

80% of Companies Don’t Know If Their Products Contain Conflict Minerals

Harvard Business Review

This regulation came as a result of concerns that the exploitation and trade of conflict minerals by armed groups was helping to finance conflict in the DRC region and contributing to its emergency humanitarian crisis. Manufacturing used to be highly vertically integrated in the U.S. For example, Ford’s River Rouge plant not only assembled cars but also made its own steel, glass, fabrics, power, and cement on-site.

What Businesses Need to Know About Sustainable Development Goals

Harvard Business Review

For most governments, financing the global goals campaigns will be a stretch; governments have already reneged in the past on commitments for similar targets. Dave Wheeler FOR HBR. The UN General Assembly held its regular meeting in New York this fall.

If the U.S. Gets into a Trade War with the EU, It Will Lose an Ally in Pressuring China

Harvard Business Review

SOEs receive preferential access to land, finance, telecom, hydrocarbons, and electricity. billion in subsidies included solar panels, chemicals, pipe, steel wire, wheels, wind towers, and kitchen appliances. Monty Rakusen/Getty Images. The European Union’s recent announcement that it is preparing to retaliate if the Trump administration imposes tariffs on EU-made autos leaves no doubt that EU-U.S.

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Have a Real Impact; Keep Your Day Job

Harvard Business Review

James is using his expertise as a chemical engineer to develop new business models for base-of-the-pyramid consumers. Matt Ellis at CBRE, a global leader in real estate services, is designing financing structures that will provide capital for clients' energy efficiency initiatives.

A Board Member’s Guide to Corporate Political Spending

Harvard Business Review

Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens wrote in the Citizens United campaign finance decision that “Business corporations must engage the political process in instrumental terms if they are to maximize shareholder value.” The 2016 U.S.

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Joint Ventures Reduce the Risk of Major Capital Investments

Harvard Business Review

Ageas contributes its expertise in insurance product design, marketing, finance, and risk management, while the partner, often a well-embedded local financial institution, contributes its customer portfolio, distribution channel, brand, and relationships.

Making Sense of the Many Kinds of Impact Investing

Harvard Business Review

For instance, Triodos Sustainable Trade Fund provides finance to farmers whose cultivation practices are more sustainable in places like the Palestine Territories, Thailand, and the Dominican Republic, avoiding traditional chemically-intensive fertilizer in delicate ecosystems.

The Buzz on Green Business in China

Harvard Business Review

Of these 5 articles, some were self-explanatory: " Nation spurs development of new, green technologies " " VW: Tooling up for sustainability " " Batteries still drag green vehicle effort " Two articles didnt scream sustainability until you read them: " Chemical company paints rosy picture for the future ," which opens with the question, "How can a chemical company earn more money through eco-friendly products?"

Overcome Your Biases and Build a Great Team

Harvard Business Review

The leading executive recruitment firm Egon Zender, as part of talent evaluation at the time of Dow Chemical’s merger with Rohm and Haas in the Spring of 2009, described us as the “best CEO university” they had ever seen. I had an unlikely journey to the top.

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Gloominess About the US Economy is a Choice

Harvard Business Review

But an awful lot of these jobs command very high-wages in law, finance, accounting, consulting, advertising, engineering, design, software, healthcare, scientific research, architecture, entertainment, hospitality, and many other areas. All this talk about permanent unemployment in the United States is making people nervous.

What See-Through Pants Can Reveal About a Company's Weaknesses

Harvard Business Review

For years, the creative side of the company was the top priority, leaving things like finance, IT, and HR to suffer (yes, they tried to run their operations on spreadsheets). SSRIs alter serotonin metabolism, but those changes don’t explain why the drugs work, and researchers have given up on the highly marketable but too-simplistic view that depression is just a matter of a chemical imbalance. Downward Dog, Perhaps. Lululemon, the upscale retailer of yoga clothing, is doing great.

The 10 Most Important Sustainable Business Stories from 2014

Harvard Business Review

All the major players in the personal care product value chain — the giants of consumer products, chemicals, and fragrances — were there (as was I). The general topic was how this group could reduce the physical and chemical impacts of all those gels and liquids we use on our bodies, and the group will continue to work together and convene to tackle thorny issues in the value chain. Financing the clean economy.

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Sears Has Come Back from the Brink Before

Harvard Business Review

Concerns that it wouldn’t have enough cash to finance its holiday stock has apparently led to the company to sell real estate, spin off its Lands’ End brand, and raise $625 million in unsecured loans and equity warrants. At the hoary age of 128, it had already beat the odds twice over when it lost its place to chemical maker LyondellBasell at close of trading this year on September 4 th.

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Why This Health System Offers Refunds to Dissatisfied Patients

Harvard Business Review

In one instance leaders rounding in our chemical dependency treatment center learned that the plastic-covered pillows so common in hospitals were a major source of patient dissatisfaction for an unexpected reason: when some patients experience withdrawal, profuse sweating on a plastic pillow can be very unpleasant.