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A compilation of recent, high-quality business insights from our businesses that brings together some of the best ideas and stories on Vision and Ideas, Strategy Execution, Top Leadership Effectiveness, and Talent and Succession.


The Advice I’m Giving CEOs This Year

"The best CEOs I work with are always learning," says Stephen Miles, founder and chief executive of The Miles Group. "The certainties of today – whether it's relying on a particular business model or banking on a 'category killer' or operating under a particular regulatory framework – can be up-ended and disrupted tomorrow. Corporate chiefs who internalize this reality are best equipped to steer their companies through disruption." Read More »




Stakeholder Overload and Other Challenges

The New Year promises to be a year of “stakeholder overload” for corporate leadership. The growing number of constituents weighing in on company operations—going far beyond activist investors and shareholders to include many more regulators, local governments, NGOs and a host of special interest groups—is placing greater demand on leaders and on the corporate brand itself. Read More »


SSA Notebook | Holiday Edition | Winter 2012

In the spirit of the holidays, we wanted to share two of this year’s most inspiring business stories – which I was exposed to at my recent Deming Center board meeting. The Deming Center for Quality, Productivity, and Competitiveness at Columbia Business School is a consortium of leading institutions chartered to create operational excellence in major corporations worldwide. The stories below feature insights from recent talks given by two outstanding leaders. Read More »


10 Key Challenges for CEOs in 2013

It's never been a more difficult time to be a CEO," says Stephen Miles, founder and chief executive of The Miles Group, which advises top CEOs and boards globally. "With 2013 around the corner, corporate leaders are facing some of the most challenging times of their careers. Companies' unprecedented exposure on the regulatory and reputational fronts requires that CEOs get in and manage a lot of this themselves, in addition to providing inspiring leadership in the face of so much uncertainty." Read More »


How to Coach Star CEOs

"For CEOs, there is no off-season," says Mr. Miles. "They need to constantly quarterback multiple constituencies as well as communicate effectively with their boards, and these interactions can challenge even the most talented corporate chiefs. Read More »


SSA Notebook | November 2012

Five Ideas That Made Us Think: 1) Why Business Execution Matters – A Lesson from Yahoo’s CEO, Marissa Mayer. 2) How Strategic Talent Management Drives Financial Returns. 3) Big Data is Getting Even Bigger. 4) In the Right Operating Conditions, Large Companies Can Innovate Too. 5) How (and Why) Executives Leaders Should Master the Art of Listening. Read More »


News & Insights

news HLG Adds Six Six new employees recently joined HLG at the Associate and Senior Associate levels across four of the firm’s offices. read more news HLG Expands to Geneva With the hiring of Mario Ottiglio, an experienced leader in international public affairs, the expansion will position HLG to enhance its services for the growing […] Read More »


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