Tag: Boards

Tesla’s $2.3 Billion CEO Compensation Package

Tesla’s $2.3 Billion CEO Compensation Package

Tesla CEO Elon Musk's $2.3 Billion compensation package is an example of poor corporate governance and a self-serving Board (ACCESS Our Commentary HERE). For examples of how to run a business well and fairly compensate CEOs for performance - look no further than CoStar (tkr: CSGP) and SS&C (tkr: SSNC). Our CSGP and SSNC data … Continue reading Tesla’s $2.3 Billion CEO Compensation Package

CEO – Executive Team – Board (“CEB”) Alignment<span class="badge-status" style="background:red">Premium</span> 

CEO – Executive Team – Board (“CEB”) AlignmentPremium 

CEO tenure is getting shorter and we believe a primary cause is less than optimal alignment between CEOs, Executive Team members and Corporate Boards. Alignment Scale Exercise On a scale of 1-10 (10 is best) where would you rate the level of alignment between yourself and your direct reports? Between yourself and your Board of Directors?You may … Continue reading CEO – Executive Team – Board (“CEB”) AlignmentPremium 

7 Rules for Keeping Activist Investors Away

7 Rules for Keeping Activist Investors Away

The following 7 rules apply to public companies across a variety of industries - particularly to Enterprise Software, FinTech and Information Services companies. 1.) Make Your Numbers 2.) Regular, Transparent Investor Communication 3.) Drive Expanding Operating/EBITDA Margins 4.) Don’t Stockpile Cash 5.) Control Waste 6.) Use Debt as a Tax Shield 7.) Board Composition – … Continue reading 7 Rules for Keeping Activist Investors Away

Steve Jobs vs. Tim Cook – Innovator vs. Operator – It’s In Their DNA

Steve Jobs vs. Tim Cook – Innovator vs. Operator – It’s In Their DNA

Personality Analytics Holds the Key as to Why Apple Was More Innovative Under Steve Jobs than Tim Cook Apple has lost its creative mojo under Tim Cook. Incremental product enhancements have become the norm, replacing a time when revolutionary new products, space age design and landmark advertising was the standard. What changed? Look no further … Continue reading Steve Jobs vs. Tim Cook – Innovator vs. Operator – It’s In Their DNA

3 Rules for Tech CEOs

3 Rules for Tech CEOs

1.) Be Bold: Similar to VCs, public investors want to invest in a bold vision. (See Tesla). Why does TSLA enjoy a premium valuation to other Auto OEMs? Answer: Musk’s vision and spin. 2.) Don’t Be Bullied by Investors – Dictate Your Story: Tell the Street you plan to take margins down temporarily to pursue “X” initiative. … Continue reading 3 Rules for Tech CEOs

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Your CEO’s Personality Influences His/Her Ability to ScalePremium 

It is true. Your CEO’s personality influences his/her ability to scale (among other things). It may seem self-evident. One’s intuition may suggest such a relationship between personality traits and workplace effectiveness. Well, it is more than a hunch. Published research demonstrates a relationship between CEO personality traits and company performance. Gow, Kaplan, Larcker and Zakolyukina … Continue reading Your CEO’s Personality Influences His/Her Ability to ScalePremium 

We’ve Been Critical of Xerox Since 2012

We’ve Been Critical of Xerox Since 2012

We have been critical of Xerox’s (tkr: XRX) senior leadership since 2012 when I wrote a letter to former Xerox CEO Ursula Burns advocating a strategic M&A plan (read my letter here). We agree with Messrs. Icahn and Deason that XRX put itself up for sale. Listen to our recent CEORater Podcast on the subject: … Continue reading We’ve Been Critical of Xerox Since 2012

Corporate Governance & Communicating Your Long-Term Strategy

Corporate Governance & Communicating Your Long-Term Strategy

BlackRock (tkr: BLK) is going "activist" within the passive investment (i.e. index funds) side of their house. Regardless of whether or not you agree with the approach (we don't entirely agree with the social activist element nor the activist approach to passive funds) there is great merit to the idea of holding public company management … Continue reading Corporate Governance & Communicating Your Long-Term Strategy

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We Have Entered an Unprecedented Era of Shareholder Tolerance It is interesting that corporate boards and institutional investors are willing to tolerate “Distracted CEOs” and founder CEOs who wish to exercise outsized control of the companies they founded. Both are examples of poor corporate governance. Our definition of a Distracted CEO is the CEO that … Continue reading Distracted CEOs and CEO OverreachPremium