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Have you ever been so put off by bad selling that you simply walked, even when you were really, really ready to buy?  

My wife and I did just that yesterday – stunned that the retail establishment drove us do this in the midst of the worst recession most of us have ever seen. But the really sad thing to me is that management wasted all its marketing, branding and PoS advertising investments by cutting investments in its people.  Read the rest of this entry »


The last year has seen an increased focus on perceived excesses in executive pay, leading to a new level of involvement by the federal government. In particular, under the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 (EESA) and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), institutions that are receiving financial assistance through the Treasury Department’s Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP) became subject to several rounds of increasingly intrusive restrictions on executive pay. 

While these restrictions do not directly impact companies that are not participating in TARP, few companies will be immune from the impact of the legislation. A common question we are receiving from clients is how these rules and restrictions may affect their own companies and the future of executive compensation in the United States.

Click to read more on Hay Group’s view of key restrictions and their potential impacts

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