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Goal Setting: Meeting Stakeholder Expectations in an Increasingly Dynamic and Complex World

The perennial challenge of setting meaningful, yet realistic, incentive-plan goals has become ever more difficult in an increasingly complex and rapidly changing business world. Companies now must also accommodate the growing importance of a range of stakeholders. Read more

Handling Say-on-Pay Aftershocks: How Directors Can Prepare for Elections After a Poor Vote Outcome

The say-on-pay vote, mandatory since 2011, has become a spring ritual for most public company comp committees. The votes typically go without a hitch. However, exceptions are notable: of Russell 3000 companies reporting results this year through mid-July, 5% have earned between 50%-70%, and only 2.5% earned less than 50%. Just 2% of all companies have failed to receive majority approval since 2013. Read more

Checklist for Total Shareholder Return Incentive Plans

Does your company’s total shareholder return align with its business goals? The "Checklist for Incentive Plans Total Shareholder Return," by Mark Emanuel, offers a list of common critiques of relative TSR plans. Download the full report now! Read more

The Compensation Handbook, Sixth Edition: A State-of-the-Art Guide to Compensation Strategy and Design

Seymour Burchman and Blair Jones contributed a chapter to the newly released sixth edition of the compensation handbook, "The Compensation Handbook, Sixth Edition: A State-of-the-Art Guide to Compensation Strategy and Design," published by McGraw Hill. The most relied-on guide in the industry—now with strategic insight for using compensation strategies and practices to create competitive business advantage. Read more

Executive Pay & Activism: NACD BoardVision 361º

Executive compensation is a perpetual hot-button topic—and one that activists frequently use to court shareholders. Roger Brossy, managing director of Semler Brossy, talks with Blair Jones, managing director of Semler Brossy, and Ken Bertsch, partner at CamberView Partners, about strategies directors can use to effectively communicate the principles that support the company’s pay practices. Watch the video now. Read more

Staying Ahead of Pay Practices

Public conversations about executive compensation tend to be spurred by the media and other entities that don’t have direct involvement in the creation and implementation of payment programs. The National Association of Corporate Directors’ (NACD) annual Leading Minds of Compensation event sought to hand directors the reins to guide and shape a smart dialogue on sensitive compensation questions. The Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City was the setting on March 3 for a slate of experts to speak to and answer questions about the latest compensation trends. Read more