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Linking Executive Pay to Performance

With all of the public outcry against executive compensation and irresponsible corporate behavior, April Fool's Day seems like the perfect day for offering solutions. My solution is to link executive pay to lottery ticket sales. Employees often have a good sense of when things are amiss. I've actually observed the formation of lottery ticket pools at work when things aren't going well. Large employers with cafeterias on the premises could add lottery ticket dispensers. When the employees are paying for their lunches, they could add a lottery ticket to their purchases. Executive compensation should be inversely proportionate to lottery ticket purchases. When sales are up, the workers realize that something is amiss and are desperate for a way out - no matter how improbable. After all, you can't fool all of the employees all of the time.

Published Wednesday, April 01, 2009 7:37 AM by John Paul Cook
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Paul White said:

John,

That's inspired!  Though April 1st was yesterday for us now, I'm going to pass your suggestion on to the others here and see if we can't get it implemented.  I'll let you know what the executives say!

Thanks for brightening my morning.

:D

</Paul>

April 1, 2009 3:56 PM
 

jchang said:

look, a top ceo can make a big difference in a companies financial performance. lets make this work both ways. employees can use X dollars each month from their paycheck.

Option 1: Employee can buy company stock, which is a reflection of confidence in the ceo, hence his pay goes up

Option 2: Employee can buy a lottery ticket, in which case money is also taken from the ceo salary as additional contribution to the lottery prize.

April 2, 2009 1:56 AM

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About John Paul Cook

John Paul Cook is a Technology Solution Professional for Microsoft's data platform and works out of Microsoft's Houston office. Prior to joining Microsoft, he was a Microsoft SQL Server MVP. He is experienced in Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle database application design, development, and implementation. He has spoken at many conferences including Microsoft TechEd and the SQL PASS Summit. He has worked in oil and gas, financial, manufacturing, and healthcare industries. John is also a Registered Nurse who graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Master of Science in Nursing Informatics and is an active member of the Sigma Theta Tau nursing honor society. He volunteers as a nurse at safety net clinics. Contributing author to SQL Server MVP Deep Dives and SQL Server MVP Deep Dives Volume 2.

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