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Equity Compensation can be an integral part of building and expanding your business, but it also can be daunting to determine what’s fair for both parties. Our guide will help you get started in the right direction and keep you current with the latest rules and legal regulations.

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How to Fix Oversize Executive Compensation

BusinessWeekA new study recommends a tweak to the Tax Code: Let companies deduct bonuses only if they give all their workers the same incentive packages

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CEO Equity Compensation Calculator

BSG Team VenturesA guide on how to establish fair market compensation when it comes to CEOs of privately held companies.

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How to Tie Equity Pay to Long-Term Performance

HBRIt's all very well to say, as do other participants in this debate, that companies must tie equity compensation to long-term shareholder value. The devil is in the details.

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When Executives Sell

Kellogg InsightsIt’s no secret that executives often sell substantial amounts of their equity holdings in their firm. This begs the question of how firms re-contract with executives after they sell these shares.

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A New Approach To Equity Compensation

InvestopediaInvestopedia explores the new accounting standard that requires companies to deduct the amount of share-based (equity) payment granted to their employees on an annual basis.

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Equity as Compensation

Inc.In this article, Inc. summarizes their top articles related to equity compensation.

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Shared Capitalism at Work

Employee Ownership, Profit and Gain Sharing, and Broad-based Stock Options

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Disclosure of Equity Compensation

Disclosure of Equity Compensation Plan Information from the SEC.

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Equity on Demand: The Netflix Approach to Compensation

Netflix adopted a series of unique employment practices that were meant to attract, retain, and motivate employees to make through the bubble in the late 1990s and beyond.

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Incentive Effects of Equity Compensation:  Employee‐level Evidence from Google

The authors examine whether differences in stock exposure motivate differences in performance using data from Google. 

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Equity Compensation at Private Firms: How to Compete for Executive Talent

This article summarizes how privately held companies can create long-term equity incentives for upper management while maintaining control over the ownership of the company.

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Executive Equity Compensation and Incentives: A Survey

In this survey, the auhors provide a synthesis of the major research findings, as well as the fundamental controversies and unresolved issues about equity incentive.

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Compensation and Conflicts of Interest

BLike his peers, compensation consultant George Paulin helps decide how much CEOs are paid. He explains why the advising process is being criticized

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Popular Stories

Follow These 4 Simple Steps To Avoid A Hiring Crisis

Entrepreneur Entrepreneurs often make poor decisions about hiring and staffing because they are stuck in crisis mode: They need help immediately. Stephen R. Covey popularized this notion with the "Urgent/Important Matrix" in his 1994 book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. With this matrix, Covey...

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How Do You Help Your Employees Find Flow?

HBRGreater employee freedom can create a better sense of “flow,” which enhances engagement, retention, and performance. This can be achieved by loosening your grip on work practices — but you don’t have to let go completely: remove obstacles, set boundaries and meaningful goals, then let work...

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The Best Business Is Personal

CEO.comWhat’s the biggest cause of wasted resources in nearly every company today? The answer might surprise you. According to the Harvard Business Review, most people spend countless hours at work doing a job that no one hired them to do: managing their reputations and hiding their inadequacies from...

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7 Things Great Employers Do (That Others Don't)

GallupTo understand what drives that tremendous advantage, we looked for contrasts between these businesses and a much larger set of companies we know to be struggling to turn around bland and uninspiring workplaces. We found seven elements in place at the companies with spirited employees that are...

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Macy’s CEO Explains Why He’s Against Raising The Minimum Wage

Business InsiderMacy's CEO Terry Lundgren believes that raising the minimum wage would result in fewer jobs for Americans. "What you really have to be careful of is you don’t want to raise the wage and lay people off in order to be able to afford it because that would be the opposite of what we are all trying to...

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How To Build The Right Team For Your Startup

Fox BusinessIn the startup world, things are different. When the momentum is building and things are moving fast, your company begins to feel the push that comes with an early rush of success. The call to scale comes soon after. Assuming you have all the necessary prerequisites to scale (a demand for your...

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Diversity Is Not Just A Buzzword

CEO.comDiversity has become the third rail of business. No one knows this better than Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, who received a firestorm of criticism recently for his ill-considered response to the accusation that his company lacked gender diversity. Companies are fond of proclaiming that they...

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Why Golden Parachutes Are Bad For Business

FortuneNow that David Letterman is leaving his Late Show on CBS, his former protégé Craig Ferguson reportedly stands to make at least $8 million -- but not for replacing him, since Stephen Colbert has actually landed that gig. Ferguson gets compensated simply for not landing Letterman's spot, which...

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Why Women Should Negotiate For Higher Salaries

BusinessweekWomen, who make an average of 77¢ for every dollar men do, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, have it especially hard when it comes to getting paid. For women, learning to aptly negotiate—a crucial aspect of long-term professional success—is replete with obstacles. They’re often cited for...

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Are CEOs Staying At Their Jobs Longer?

ForbesThe reduction in firings contributed to CEOs staying in their jobs longer. The average tenure is now 9.7 years, which reverses a decade-long trend of shorter stints in the top job.

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If You’re Not Using Big Data To Hire, You’re Missing Out

Entrepreneur According to a survey by Silicon Valley Bank, 90 percent of startups believe finding talent is their biggest challenge. Yet, a solution to this problem could lie with Big Data -- massive amounts of structured and unstructured data that's difficult to process using traditional techniques.

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How To Spot A Toxic Leader

CEO.comSigmund Freud once remarked that all his life he wrestled with “the demon” – the demon of irrationality. When individuals in positions of power refuse to acknowledge the extent to which irrationality governs their lives, the entire organization suffers. Business executives are tasked...

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Why You Can’t Be Friends With Your Employees

Business InsiderLast week, I worked with yet another business owner who had doubts about letting go of an underperforming, troublemaking employee. Why? She has only a few employees, and they are a tight-knit group. Friends, she said.

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5 Questions Your Employees Are Afraid To Ask You

IncWhen you are busy running a business, providing a culture of communication is often not as easy as you would think. In a fast-growing, fast-moving company, providing ongoing feedback to your employees can fall by the wayside, but it is a critical component to better performance.

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Tech Firms May Find No-Poaching Pacts Costly

Yahoo!A high-stakes negotiation is taking place in Silicon Valley among some of the biggest names in the industry — Apple and Google among them — over accusations that they were involved in a collusion to prevent their employees from being hired at rival companies. The employees filed a class-action...

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