Tag: CEO

Leadership and Teamwork

I grew up playing sports and have often looked back at those experiences to gain perspective on how a group of individuals might work together for a common goal. As I reflect on what caused certain teams to excel while others failed, I repeatedly come back to the subject of leadership. I believe the difference […]

Do Shareholder Rights Matter to Obama?

I was amazed when I first learned that the Obama administration had requested the resignation of GM CEO Rick Wagoner. After thinking about it for a few minutes, I became dismayed. Did Rick Wagoner deserve to lose his job? I don’t know. But I do know that it is not the role of government to […]

An Executive’s Thoughts on Executive Pay

Imagine for a moment that you own a company. Unfortunately, your company, like many companies recently, has experienced some problems that have put its mere survival in question. You’ve taken action, removed the employees who were responsible for creating most of the problems, and even brought in a new senior executive — a seasoned industry […]

A New Twist on Discrimination in Hiring

Here’s the scenario: As the human resources director for your company, you’re asked to sit in on the selection process for your company’s next CEO. After an intense screening process, you have three candidates to be the next leader of your company — a white male in his early 70s, a male in his 40s […]

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

HR manager Paul Knoch reviews the book The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni. The review counts this business fiction as a quick, informative read that would be of use to almost any HR practitioner who must work with a team of employees. Have you ever wondered why your team of smart, competent, […]

Compensation: How Do We Calculate Premium Pay for Employees with Certifications?

I would like direction on how to determine additional premium pay for employees with certifications, such as a Certified Public Accountant. Is there a general rule or guidance on determining premium pay? I appreciate your help. — Allison in Sacramento   Sometimes premium pay is tied to shift work, temporary assignments in other locations, or […]

HOT LIST: Bestselling Business Books on Amazon.com

Amazon.com updates it’s bestselling business book hourly. Here is a snapshot of what books were hot this morning — Monday, May 12. 1.The Post-American World. “This is not a book about the decline of America, but rather about the rise of everyone else.” So begins Fareed Zakaria’s important new work on the era we are […]

The Three Signs of a Miserable Job: A Fable for Managers (And Their Employees)

HR manager Paul Knoch reviews the book The Three Signs of a Miserable Job: A Fable for Managers (And Their Employees) by Patrick Lencioni. Review highlights book’s examples of why some companies’ cultures are attractive to employees while other companies struggle with low morale and high turnover rates. I first became interested in reading The […]