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In Defense of Which CEOs?

“Chauffer-driven limousines, millions in stock options, golden parachutes. It’s no wonder bosses’ pay and perks can rankle,” write Ray Fisman and Tim Sullivan of The Wall Street Journal. The writers argue that “many CEOs are overpaid—or even paid for incompetence, but you can only appreciate good performance once you understand what a leader does.” But is this a balanced understanding of where CEOs are in terms of the reality on the ground?

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Governance/Compliance January 17 2013

The Reasons—and Risks—Behind Corporate Social Responsibility

Editor’s note: To analyze the value of so-called corporate social responsibility, Ethical Chic –from which the following is excerpted–takes an in-depth look at six companies known for CSR qualities—deservedly or not: American Apparel, Apple, Starbucks, Timberland, Tom’s of Maine, and Trader Joe’s.

Fran Hawthorne CEO Briefing Newsletter , Governance/Compliance , Leadership & Strategy January 14 2013

Personal Use of Corporate Jets: A Call For the End of this High Flying Corporate Perk

While use of company aircraft is a common perk for many CEOs, a noted governance expert suggests that a formal policy for its use is the best way to protect the company and the CEO from unwanted shareholder lawsuits.

Dr. Charles Elson, Christine Azar & Charles B. Vincent CEO Briefing Newsletter , Governance/Compliance December 27 2012

Six Ways to Boost the ROI of Your Strategic Alliance

Since the 1990s, numerous studies have shown that 40% to 60% of strategic alliances do not meet CEO and senior [...]

Pamela S. Harper and D. Scott Harper CEO Briefing Newsletter , Governance/Compliance , Operations December 21 2012

Michigan Will Win Business from Right-to-Work Switch

Michigan Republican Gov. Rick Snyder and a Republican-dominated legislature have pulled off a breathtaking political move and made Michigan the 24th right-to-work state. But it remains unclear what difference this will make over the long term for the state – and whether it will boost Michigan’s lowly 46th place in Chief Executive’s annual survey of CEO perception of the Best and Worst States in which to do business.

Dale Buss CEO Briefing Newsletter , Governance/Compliance December 20 2012

2012 CEO Outlook

In the wake of the 2008 financial collapse, the Great Recession, continuing rates of high unemployment, record and growing government [...]

Dale Buss CEO Interviews , Governance/Compliance December 17 2012

5 Ways to Improve Board Risk Oversight

“Tone at the top” is a term often used to describe how an organization’s leadership creates an environment that fosters ethical and responsible business behavior. While tone at the top is important and a vital foundation, is it enough?

Jim DeLoach CEO Briefing Newsletter , Governance/Compliance December 5 2012

On Track for an Early Exit? Three Ways to Defy the Statistic

A decade ago, the average tenure of a Fortune 500 CEO was 9.5 years. Today? 3.5 years. Looking at recent stumbles at Best Buy, Yahoo, HP and elsewhere a pattern of sorts emerges that may be instructive for leaders looking to beat the odds.

Paul Heagen and Bob Parsanko CEO Briefing Newsletter , Governance/Compliance November 29 2012

CEO Experience Didn’t Help on Election Day

America to ex-CEOs: We don’t care about your CV.

Dale Buss CEO Briefing Newsletter , Governance/Compliance November 15 2012

Why CEOs Are More Vulnerable

From board clashes to activist investors more leaders find themselves besieged and many find it necessary to yield to insurgent demands—or be deposed. Some like H.J. Heinz’s Bill Johnson find a middle path.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Governance/Compliance October 25 2012

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