Our Books

Expert Witness Testimony in Compensation-Related Litigations by Michael Dennis Graham et al.

This book is designed to provide a new perspective on the role of the expert witness, going beyond the legal definition and requirements. For attorneys, it provides insight into finding the right expert for specific cases and preparing an expert for deposition and trial testimony. For consultants and others, it provides a roadmap for serving as an expert witness. For the judiciary, it provides a view to an expert’s approach to an assignment and the nature of the process, the reference materials and personal experience that supports their testimony.

People Strategy: The Revolution – Harnessing the Power of People to Build and Sustain Extraordinary Organizations by Michael Dennis Graham

Through this book we hope to open hands, minds, and hearts in organizations to a new world of opportunities. Today (in the early years of the second decade of the 21st century) the world’s population is something over 7 billion people. That’s a lot of people and a lot of potential brain power, buying power, and leadership power. This book can help organizations to connect to and capture this great potential by understanding the necessary value exchanges and engagement opportunities.

Employee Total Rewards Strategy: Creating a New and Relevant Strategy for Employee Total Rewards by Michael Dennis Graham, Ali Riyaz, Robert Cirkiel

From now into the future, we believe that Total Rewards are going to be the differentiator of great organizations vs. good ones. It’s the most powerful way to motivate employees to accomplish organization objectives. This book provides a step-by-step road map for the development of the appropriate Total Rewards Strategy to suit any organization’s broader organizational and people strategies. The reader will find in this book a way to break down the organization strategy into an operational set of principles that will result in a Total Rewards Strategy that directly supports desired outcomes.

Executive Benefits and Perquisites Rewards by Michael Dennis Graham, Robert D. Birdsell and Ali Riyaz

We all know executives and highly paid employees receive benefits and perquisites for the extra contributions and sacrifices they make to the organization. This book explains how to design and administer those critical programs to those critical people in an appropriate way that benefits the organization and stakeholders. This book, Executive Benefits and Perquisites Rewards: Introduces a new benefit framework for highly paid executives; Discusses how the sponsoring employer can appropriately deliver these benefits; Answers the questions critical to consider before embarking upon the advanced concepts in the book. What types of benefits do executives and other highly compensated individuals need that they cannot easily secure without the aid of their employer? What role is there for the employer? This and more, please read on…

Effective Executive Compensation by Michael Dennis Graham, Dawn Dugan, Tom Roth

When it comes to creating an executive compensation program, it can be hard to provide the company’s leaders with the incentive they need to continue doing their best, without becoming too extravagant. This book gives readers the techniques and understanding they need to design a rewards strategy that will motivate performers while benefiting the entire organisation. Taking a careful look at the complicated state of executive rewards, this no-nonsense, practical guide provides readers with a complete methodology for motivating management to accomplish critical business goals. Instead of a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach, the book uses case studies and examples to illustrate what factors should be considered – including corporate environment, key stakeholders, people and business strategy, and organizational capabilities – when designing a program that will benefit both their company, and the people who fuel its success.
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A Principled Approach to CEO Compensation and Contracts by Michael Dennis Graham

In this book we make the case for the genesis of the problem being that many CEOs are not operating under a “fair and reasonable value exchange” with the organization that they work for, and that there are very clear reasons why that is the case. We know you will gain insight from this book finding new ways to view, consider, and reframe your approach to CEO (and other executive) employment relationships consisting of compensation programs and contracts using the all-important concept of value exchange. Using a principled approach, appropriate tools, well thought out processes, and competent advisors you can’t go too far wrong.
Board of Directors Governance

Board of Directors Governance by Michael Dennis Graham

Contained herein, you will find the information necessary to answer these and many other questions about board governance. You will find a wealth of new perspectives on the relationship between and among directors’ roles, contributions, and organization performance. If you work for, provide products or services to, advise, or have any connection to or with an organization who has a board, or are a student of management and business this book is a must read! The information you will uncover in the pages of this book (and in research reports and other material found on Grahall’s website at can help you to effectively restructure your board governance to promote your business strategy, resulting in improved performance for your organization and its shareholders.
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Hedge Fund People Strategy: Human Capital That Supports Investment Excellence, Sustainability, and Growth by Michael Dennis Graham

Hedge Fund People Strategy: Human Capital That Supports Investment Excellence, Sustainability, and Growth is intended to provide readers with a perspective on the key dimensions of hedge fund people strategy and the organizational, talent management, compensation and employee relations practices in the hedge fund industry. More than just describing these practices, this book outlines why the practices need to be unique to each firm, and how firms can ensure that human capital is working as hard as the financial, intellectual, information, and other capital components demonstrated in today’s most successful firms.

This book offers an unrivaled look at one of the little discussed but critical success factors in the hedge fund industry, its people.

Fuse: Making Sense of the New Cogenerational Workplace by Jim Finkelstein

For employees and business leaders ages eighteen to eighty, a manual to building a team that’s electrified by cogenerational collaboration.

There’s no doubt that the differences between employees fresh out of school and their more seasoned counterparts are vast. Fuse will show you how to create a mashup that fuses the experience and command of Boomers with the technosmart and boundaryless thought of Millennials, getting you and your organization ahead.


Creating a Total Rewards Strategy: A Toolkit for Designing Business-Based Plans by Michael Dennis Graham, Todd M. Manas

Salary, bonuses, benefits and “perks” may be the most visible elements of a rewards program, but other components are just as valuable to employees. This comprehensive book and CD-ROM package shows how nonfinancial rewards can be quantified and combined with monetary measures in a way that complements business objectives.

The authors’ eye-opening research on what employees value is backed up by examples from their own consulting experience. The book’s step-by-step process features more than 100 practical tools for developing an “M3” rewards system based on money, mix, and message, and provides a blueprint for creating a custom-tailored rewards strategy to match an organizations specific goals.

Board of Directors Governance & Rewards

Board of Directors Governance & Rewards by Michael Dennis Graham

This book provides new perspectives on board governance and rewards practices that include the relationships between director’s roles, contributions, and firm performance. Through these insights readers can reconsider the complexity and interconnectivity of board governance and rewards. This book is founded on extensive research of a 1,000 company sample that uniquely replicates the publicly traded companies in the United States. It is the largest single representative sample aggregated to study board of director governance and pay. Using the insights contained in this book companies, CEO, and boards can effectively restructure board governance and director compensation to promote business strategy resulting in improved company performance.
The NPO Dlemma

The NPO Dilemma: HR and Organizational Challenges in Non-Profit Organizations by Tim McConnell

Finally – a book that is specific to human resources and organizational management in the non-profit sector. There are hundreds of books that have been written about managing human resources in the private sector and some that address HR management in both the public and the non-profit sectors, but we are indeed “different.” This book is a true reflection of the author and how his firm works with nonprofits. They are experienced HR professionals who understand the context in which we work because so much of their business has focused on nonprofits over the last ten years. “The content of this book is great; highly readable. I seriously wish I had a reference like this twenty years ago. Even the most seasoned manager will likely learn something new by reading this book.” Lynne Toupin, Former Executive Director, HR Council for the Non-Profit Sector, Ottawa, Canada.

Why Is My Coworker So Crazy? A little book about lack of cooperation in the workplace by Vito Pandolfo, T.D. Thornton, Anthony Diekemper

Why Is My Coworker So Crazy? is a ground-floor discourse that describes six of the most influential forces that promote lack of cooperation in the workplace. The work is based on the author’s experiences in consulting for his 17-year history coaching business owners and senior executives to promote behavioral changes within their organizations. The book is easy to read, easy to relate to and utilizes many short case stories to illustrate the practical aspects of the major concepts the author describes. The book has attained several endorsements by CEOs, Presidents, and a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology.