July 2013

By Don G. McDermott Public companies have long used stock options and other equity-based incentives to reward their executives. As a result, stock options have become an extremely lucrative portion of the total compensation for executives of publicly traded companies. Considering the enormous amount of wealth...

By Don G. McDermott Today's compensation approaches, like the rest of the business world, are changing rapidly. As a result, the bridge that connects compensation strategy to the overall business strategy may have been weakened by the frequent shifts that characterize business today. Consider the following scenario:...

By Dave Ryan At this point, most company executives agree that pay-for-performance plans are an effective tool not only to align the employee’s behavior with the company’s goals, but also to attract and retain the best talent. The question is, if they are so great, why...

By Dave Ryan Given the important and sensitive nature of compensation, I believe that credible and well-managed compensation programs are important to every company’s success. All companies face challenges like competition for critical talent, rapid changes in the business environment, and increasing investor, legislative or regulatory...