Monthly Archives: April 2015

GARY KAPANOWSKI: CEO pay soared 12% in 2014

The average worker’s salary increase of 3% does not compare the annual pay for CEOs of 12.1% last year, the fastest increase since 2010. Higher pension values, larger annual incentive payouts and higher values of long-term incentives all contributed to the large increase. The segment in size for CEO pay increase indicate that small-cap companies […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Average worker must work 127.7 years for 1 year of CEO pay

Everyone can see this in everyday life.  The average pay of chief executive officers working for the largest 3,000 companies in the U.S. climbed to $6.4 million in 2014 from $5.5 million while wages and salaries rose around 3% for most Americans workers in 2014.  Utilizing data from the Social Security Administration indicate the average […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: $70,000-a-year minimum wage

It’s interesting to see the different strategies implemented by organizations to retain or gather talent.  In this article, we see that one company is doing the opposite by raising employee pay while inflation is flat or negative at the same time the executives are reducing their salaries while the average is over 26%.  This might […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Want to reduce inequality? Boost productivity

One of the great questions of our time is how can we promote equality.  It is easy to point out the times when there are unequal practices.  One way to promote equal practices is to support productivity.  The customer wants their product at the price they are willing to pay at the time they want […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Battle of the burgers between Shake Shack vs. In-N-Out

Just as the boxing fight of the century will occur on May 2nd, the battle for the hamburger will occur in California when Shake Shack invades the home base of In-N-Out.  Each establishment has their focus on fresh ingredients, goal not to franchise, and loyal customers.   Which one do you prefer? Article Link: Gary […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Could the Islamic State and al Qaeda reconcile?

One of the great questions of this decade will be if Islamic State and al Qaeda will be around in 2030.  The current history lesion points towards democratic societies surviving all challenges.  Although there are several cases of stalemate, the democratic societies have continued and prospered while the other societal offerings have seen various degrees […]