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Outrageous Executive Compensation: Corporate Boards, Not the Market, are to Blame

October 9, 2012 by Edward Lawler

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Corporations in the United States have been widely criticized for their approach to executive compensation. This approach has produced extremely high levels of compensation that are highly dysfunctional.Considerable research shows that today’s high level of executive compensation has created an enormous societal gap between the top...[read more]

The Most Inane Question in Recruiting

March 15, 2011 by Ted Coine

Recruiters: you live this scenario every day. Your company needs to fill a position, so it's your task to find talent and start that conversation. Compensation is a key part of the equation. You and the recruit will skirt the topic for a while, most likely, but sooner or later you have to see if the pay fits the candidate. If yes, you...[read more]

Hitting Your Number & Other Follies

March 4, 2011 by Ted Coine
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If you haven't read The Wisdom of Crowds, by James Surowiecki, you owe yourself the treat. It's fascinating. The main premise is to show how our collective wisdom just plain crushes the expertise of even the highest-paid gurus, at least over the long-haul.Surowiecki also explores a number of side-issues, and he does it in the engaging...[read more]

Don't Just Win. Crush.

January 13, 2011 by Ted Coine

So you want to turn your company into a talent magnet?If so, you're savvy. You realize that the best companies attract, keep, and continuously inspire the best people - and that everyone else gets the leftover people, and so the leftover results.Recently we discussed pay as a threshold issue: "threshold" because generous pay is necessary...[read more]