CEOs benefit from executive teams that keep the big picture in mind as data are presented and look beyond day-to-day operations, writes veteran CEO Joel Trammell. "[I]f you're not clear about what you need, not even the CEO will be able to help effectively," Trammell writes.
Small Business Administration chief Maria Contreras-Sweet says she's inspired by her mother, an immigrant who raised six children while working at a poultry processing plant. Contreras-Sweet's mother had confidence and raised her children to have the same sense of self-worth. "I think that's important to instill in our young girls -- that we matter, we deserve to be heard and we deserve to be treated equally," she says.
Leaders need to give their workers the space to succeed, but that doesn't mean taking a hands-off approach, writes Jennifer V. Miller. "The best leaders are still connected to those they lead, offering coaching, support and mentorship when needed," she explains.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is negotiating with lawmakers on an ethics-reform package that would apply to the state's politicians. Cuomo has said he won't go along with a pay raise for legislators unless they back stronger ethics rules.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which regulates power and gas markets in the U.S., and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission say they have achieved the cooperation agreement set out for them in the Dodd-Frank Act. The accord missed its deadline by three years. The agencies agreed on how to go about sharing information and working out jurisdictional conflicts.