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Aug 16

CFOs expect to raise prices, but not employee pay

Posted by annearf in pricesJapaneconomyCFOCEO compensationcareer/management


The good: CFOs think the economy is on an upswing. The bad: They also believe the Japan disaster will impact the US. The ugly: More of them than before plan to raise prices. The uglier:  Even as CEO pay soars, most other employees can't expect the same for their compensation.

That's according to a biannual survey of CFOs conducted by Grant Thornton. It questioned 318 CFOs and senior comptrollers, 59 of whom were from the Northeast.

May 20

CFOs finally may stop sitting on all that cash

Posted by annearf in expansionDealsCFOsCash


CFOs around the world are feeling good--good enough to start spending some money.

But they're going to do so carefully.

May 18

The new Internet bubble: Poised to burst?

Posted by annearf in VCRiskLinkedInIPOInternet


Are we in a new Internet bubble? And will it burst, like the last one?

More to the point, when will it burst?

May 13

Is the economic recovery only for big businesses?

Posted by annearf in small businesseconomybig businessbank lending


The economic recovery, such as it is, has been a big business experience for  a while now, with small companies largely left out of the party.

And there's evidence that's still true.

May 06

Corporate boards: Still a white male club

Posted by annearf in Fortune 100corproate boardscareer/managementboard seats


Corporate boards still are overwhelming dominated by white males, despite years of efforts to change the situation.

But a new study shows that, between 2004 and 2010, women and minorities also overall have lost ground when it comes to board representation.

May 04

Top 10 business threats facing companies today

Posted by annearf in Riskeconomychief risk officerbusiness threats


What's the biggest business risk, according to managers around the world?

It's the economy, stupid.

Apr 29

"Risk-intelligent" boards should question assumptions, analyze strategy

Posted by annearf in risk managementRiskcorporate governanceboards


So how exactly should boards go about the business of risk management?

The answer: methodically and carefully, with a defined framework for structuring their activities, always informed by the need to align risk assessment to strategy.

Apr 27

Employee concerns about finances are hurting productivity

Posted by annearf in productivityexpensesemployeescompensationcareer/management


The C-suite may  be enjoying a compensation bumper crop, but the same can't said for everyone else. And that could be causing widespread employee preoccupation with money worries--and productivity losses.

In other words, if you have the feeling your employees are distracted, that's because they probably are. And they're worried about finances-their own, not the corporation's.

Apr 22

The AFL-CIO's push to vote against CEO pay

Posted by annearf in CEO compensationcareer/managementAFL-CIO


More moves in the say on pay arena. Looks like the AFL-CIO is making a big push, trying to motivate shareholders to take part in votes on executive compensation this season.

The ultimate goal, of course, is to voice discontent over executive pay. And in fact, as more and more proxies reveal evidence of significant increases in CEO comp, this year is shaping up to be a good one for using say on pay to curtail C-suite pay.

Apr 20

The US and technology adoption: behind the eight ball

Posted by annearf in World Economic ForumUnited StatesTechnologybiztech


The United States is a veritable slacker when it comes to the adoption and use of new technologies.

Those are some of the findings of a study from the World Economic Forum. It looked at 138 countries that comprise 38.8 percent of world GDP, using indicators ranging from patents to access to business telephone lines.

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