Archive for November, 2014

Digital Relationships: An exercise in saving time or giving up control?

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Are your organizational systems defeating innovation and creativity?  Marvin Smith of Deliberate Synergy provides a framework for assessing your organizational systems to determine if they support or stifle innovation and creative thinking.
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The 7 steps for successful projects – What?

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Charles Patton examines how in order to launch a project and create a sense of urgency organizations must describe the results that are expected to be achieved: this is the “WHAT”. Answering the question WHAT does not describe the journey, rather it’s the destination. It’s “knowing where you are going “and this is a critical step to achieving buy in.
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Why Do So Many CEO Compensation and Employment Contracts Go So Wrong?

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Michael Graham examines the challenge of creating a responsible value exchange strategy to attract and retain the right CEO to head a business, while at the same time ensuring this is compatible with the over-all objectives and business strategy of the company.

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The Next Revolution in People Strategy May Not be so Much about People

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The problems of workers finding jobs will be exacerbated by the expansion of cognitive technologies  …thinking robots, if you will. Michael Graham looks at how the cozy synergy between increased automation and worker productivity (resulting in increased wages and job opportunities) seem to have derailed, leaving many workers un-and under-employed and the middle class at risk of obsolescence.


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Customers First, Investors Last: What Were They Thinking?

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All companies have stakeholders, which often have competing interests. In this article, Nancy May, President of Boardbench Cos. LLC., provides her thoughts on where corporate leaders should focus first, to ensure better outcomes for their companies, shareholders, and all stakeholders.


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Didn’t Split Dollar Life Insurance Plans Go Out With “High Button Shoes”?

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The renaissance of Split Dollar using loans as leverage can present an excellent opportunity to solve a number of issues facing executives today. As Bob Birdsell illustrates, this leverage allows participants to invest in the S&P that contains downside risk protection. And the only cost to the participant is the tax cost on the imputed interest tied the short term AFR and his/her cash contribution.


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Maximizing the Utility of Executive Retirement Plans

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In his article, “A New Look at Executive Retirement Plans,” Phil Currie of Fulcrum Partners explains why current downtrends may be compelling organizations and compensation committees to revisit a venerable standby in the benefit plan lineup: DC SERPs: the hardest-working component in a retirement plan line up.


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Organization Design for Business in the New VUCA Economy

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Your goal is to achieve competitive advantage. But is your company doing everything it can to succeed in this VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous) economy? Are you sure? Tim McConnell shares how organizational design can be a powerful tool for improving performance.


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Trick or Treat?: Fear and Anxiety in the 2014 Workplace

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Is fear subtly infused in your organization’s culture?   Jim Finkelstein, along with Sheila Repeta and Molly Gauss, share how organizations can identify and overcome the lethal culture killers: employee fear and anxiety. 
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