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Turns out some CEOs are genuinely out to make a difference. Craig Golding/AAP

Take heart, charity stunts can make CEOs better people

It's easy to be cynical about charity drives like the Vinnies CEO Sleepout. Are they just PR stunts or can they make a difference beyond fundraising? Our study shows they can, and they do.
While some CEOs have been critical of Trump and his policies, most have tried to stay neutral. Reuters/Carlos Barria.

Most CEOs aren’t abandoning neutrality on Trump – yet

Despite a growing list of reasons why business leaders might oppose the president or his policies, more than two-thirds have remained steadfastly neutral.
The bravado of bank CEOs in Australia has left a trail of scandals that may take years to fully uncover. Dean Lewins/AAP

Why CEOs need to embrace fear

Positive emotions, such as passion, have an established foothold in airport books on great leadership and executive coaching seminars. However, overemphasising "positive" emotions can be problematic.
Today’s corporate CEO has more in common with Che Guevera than meets the eye. Lena Wurm/Shutterstock.com

How corporate CEOs found their political voice

CEOs used to stay steadfastly neutral on divisive social and political issues. Those days are over, meaning today’s chief executive increasingly resembles Che Guevera.
Office perks like slides down stairs may not be the best way to motivate good behaviour. Scott Beale/Flickr

The science of business decision making: giving out perks doesn’t necessarily lead to results

Business Briefing: the science of business decision making. The Conversation14.3 MB (download)
Research shows paying people more can actually lead to worse decisions. Getting the best results from executives requires understanding our complex motivations
CEOs who are more confident are less likely to sell their own stock in a company. www.shutterstock.com

Overconfident CEOs are less socially responsible

If a company is led by an overconfident CEO, the firm is less likely to invest in corporate social responsibility measures like workforce diversity.
Banking inquiries in their current form serve as political theatre, rather than as a genuine form of accountability. Lukas Coch/AAP

Banking inquiry findings – ask the wrong questions get the wrong answers

Members of House Standing Committee on Economics should be asking the directors of Australia's Big Four banks (not the CEOs) different questions, if they really want the right answers.

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