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Women in the C-Suite: Some Good News, Bad News

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Spurred by the successes of women in shattering the glass ceiling to the corner office, the issue of how females are treated as business leaders continues to spawn fascinating new insights that CEOs and company owners – as well as their charges – can use to guide their decisions and their careers. The latest of these is a new study on female CEO pay.

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CEO Pay May Not Be as Big an Issue as it’s Built Up to Be

It’s clear that the zeitgeist has turned against outsized CEO compensation. But corporate boards of directors, and even rank-and-file shareholders, aren’t necessarily falling into the opposite camp these days when hot-button issues such as golden parachutes or exorbitant pay for business chiefs reach them for a vote. This is a perhaps-unexpected reality that some CEOs might be able to take to the bank.

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6 Tips for Selling Your Comp Plan to Investors

With proxy season upon us, board compensation committees find themselves having to defend the exec pay choices they made over the past year, and prove that they’re really “paying for performance.” Too bad so many boards and companies do such a poor job of telling this comp story. What are some of the biggest boners CEOs commit when selling your exec pay plans -- and how do you avoid them?

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Getting Real About CEO Pay

When CEOs exceed expectations or outpace rivals they tend to reap big rewards and when they fall short of financial hurdles they tend to lose out on pay and bonuses. According to a reports from the Wall Street Journal based on a study by Equilar more and more S&P 500 CEOs have been clearing or exceeding the goals set by directors. But is this the complete picture? Since when is public company compensation representative for all CEOs?

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How Much Does The Average CEO Really Earn?

Hint: it’s a lot less than what mainstream media reports imply. Of the roughly 30 million businesses in the United States, less than 6,000 are publicly traded on major stock exchanges. As anyone who gets his or her information from mainstream news and media outlets well knows, the spotlight and analysis for business (especially in regard to CEO compensation) are firmly focused on S&P 500 companies. That means that virtually 100 percent of media coverage of CEO compensation focuses on less than 8 percent of all public companies and less than .002 percent of all companies in the U.S.

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