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Strategic Work Valuation: Compensating the Right Executives the Right Way

Doing the right thing in compensating executives is trickier than just following what the market pays; one must consider what’s right for the company. Strategic work valuation balances factors relating to both the external market and the internal business strategy to help companies better align their talent and business strategies and focus the compensation spend on positions that have the greatest impact on business results. Read the entire article (PDF) written by Blair Jones. Read more

Structuring ’Unassailable‘ Executive Compensation Programs

When it comes to executive compensation plans, so many companies these days have taken the approach of “following the leader,” thinking it will keep them safely under the radar. Unfortunately, such thinking can lead to a lost opportunity. We have developed three tactics to make programs as unassailable as possible. Read the entire article (PDF) written by Blair Jones. Read more

Should Do, Can Do, Will Do: Setting Incentive Goals That Yield Results

Without appropriate goals and measures, business results could be neutral. This article focuses on the identification of appropriate performance measures for all organizational levels and setting mutually supportive goals that reinforce key strategies and lead to improved shareholder value. Read the entire article (PDF) written by Seymour Burchman and Blair Jones. Read more

Don’t Follow the Leader: The Present State of Executive Equity Compensation

The pressure is on to abandon once-popular equity vehicles, particularly stock options, which have taken the heat as a prime instigator of executive pay excess. The right LTI design for a given company should be based on a careful consideration of the needs and characteristics of the company, its shareholders and its employees. Read the entire article (PDF) written by Seymour Burchman and Blair Jones. Read more

Director Pay: The ‘Why’ Behind the ‘What’

Establishing principles to address specific pay program amounts and components will help the Board to ensure that decisions regarding director pay are made thoughtfully, holistically, and accurately. Read the entire article (PDF) written by Blair Jones. Read more

Proctor and Gamble’s Balanced Approach to Long-Term Incentives

Rather than following the trend of discarding stock options as the primary LTI vehicle, Procter & Gamble considered what role LTIs (and specifically stock options) should play for their people in the future. They used P&G’s business and people strategies as the basis for a balanced, full-scale review of their global LTI practices. Read the entire article (PDF) written by Blair Jones. Read more

Trends in Director Compensation

In the wake of corporate scandals, increased regulation, and heightened institutional investor interest in board activity, we have seen a commensurate change in both pay levels and pay structure. This change reflects the greater time and effort required of board members, as well as the greater risk these individuals face. Read the entire article (PDF) written by Blair Jones. Read more