CEO Transitions

Every year, Spencer Stuart monitors S&P 500 companies for CEO transitions. Over the past six years the number of CEO transitions has been consistently in the 50’s. The last dip in the numbers was in 2012 in which 37 CEOs transitioned. Last year the number of transitions was down from 59 to 55. Where the … Continued

Future of the CMO

Of all the roles under pressure in the C-suite, the CMO might be the most scrutinized executive level position. CMOs on average have the shortest tenure of any C-suite role, and Coca-Cola, famous for its marketing campaigns for nearly a century, has eliminated the position. So what does the Future of the CMO role look … Continued

Changing Expectations for CFOs

The role of the CFO is evolving and everyone is taking notice. In the last few months, McKinsey, Harvard Business Review, Deloitte, and Accenture have all published articles on the changing expectations for CFOs. With advancements in technology like blockchain, machine learning, and big data, CFOs understand they need to change in order to deliver … Continued

Human Capital Management Insights For CEOs

A couple of recent posts on the McKinsey website caught our attention. If you’ve read our blog, you know we’ve written about the importance of culture, millennials, and the changing nature of leadership. So when we listened to these interviews, we found them interesting and enjoyed the human capital management insights for CEOs they provided. … Continued

What it Feels Like to be a CEO

The only constant in the world is change. Attributed to Heraclitus (500 BCE), technology has increased the rate of change we deal with on a near daily basis. In the executive ranks, the ability to navigate change is felt most acutely by the CEO. A recent article by Egon Zehnder explores what it feels like … Continued

New CEO Challenges

A recent article in the Harvard Business Review (HBR) reviews the findings of interviews with 20 current and former CEOs, where nearly half said the job was not what they expected. The study set out to find the biggest new CEO challenges and best practices they can apply when stepping into the role. Interestingly, the … Continued

Redefining the CEO

As we have often written, soft skills have become as important as technical skills. This has become especially true in the C-suite. CEOs are no longer able to operate as the smartest or most powerful person in the room. The idea of, “I’m the boss, do as I say,” is outdated. Today’s CEOs are operating … Continued

8 Books Every CEO Should Read

Whether you’re an avid reader or you always find yourself trying to carve out time to read, finding a good book can be a challenge. With a busy schedule and more and more business books being published every year, we’re making it easy for you. Here are eight books every CEO should read. The Hard … Continued

Digital Mastery in the C-Suite

Digital is not a new buzzword in the C-suite, yet it is one of the hardest terms to quantify from a capabilities standpoint. Whether your company is just getting started with digital adoption, or you’re a leader in your industry, you’d like to be able to say that you’ve achieved digital mastery in the C-suite. … Continued

Top 8 Ted Talks for CEOs

The best way to turn newly learned skills and practices into habits is repetition. However, day to day demands can quickly erode our best intentions. Key items on our to-do list get put on the back burner and eventually forgotten. To help keep best practices top of mind, we looked at fifty of the most … Continued