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Work In Progress
Welcome to Work in Progress, a blog in which I try to be part observer, part adviser and part provocateur. I write about such issues as the "employment deal" between workers and organizations, people management strategies, advances in workplace technology and the social safety nets designed to catch displaced workers. I'm convinced the world is progressing toward an era of greater reciprocity between workers and employers, and organizations that get ahead of this trend are more likely to thrive.

'The Business Buffett Rule'

January 27, 2012
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For a company paying the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour (about $15,000 a year for a full-time worker), what if the total compensation for the CEO was capped at 100 times that? That means a CEO's annual income would be about $1.5 million. As pay goes, that's not peanuts. But it also is a far cry from packages that have ballooned for many execs into the tens and hundreds of millions of dollars.
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The Rising Price of a Cheap Retirement Plan

January 18, 2012
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For about 20 years, employers could erode the quality of their retirement benefits without paying much of a price. Those days are over. And wise employers are seeing greater retirement security for workers as a goal that helps both employees and the organization.
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When ‘Agility' Adopts the Symptoms of A.D.D.

January 13, 2012
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Hey edgy executives: Take a deep breath and stop hopping from one priority to another.
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Face It: Parting Is Such Tweet Sorrow

December 31, 2011
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We've been waiting for a case like this: a lawsuit in the U.S. over who owns a Twitter account, and over the related question of how much a social media “follower” is worth. The results of the case between mobile phone news site PhoneDog and a former worker could help clarify tricky issues around social media portability.
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The Age of the Less-Ambitious Employee

December 19, 2011
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The bottom line is that a corner office—with all its demands—is less appealing. Here's how one consultant describes a common mindset today: “The headache isn't worth it. I'd rather be able to spend time with the kids.”
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The SAP-SuccessFactors Deal: Could the Tail Wag the Dog?

December 7, 2011
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My main question is whether SuccessFactors CEO Lars Dalgaard can be happy as a lieutenant as opposed to the commander-in-chief.
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Ready for the Next New Deal?

November 29, 2011
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Don't be surprised if the U.S. decides to launch the Next New Deal in the next few years. And if it does, will your company be prepared for a tighter labor market and renewed growth?
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Black and Blue Over Black Friday

November 23, 2011
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It seems to me retail executives are going too far, letting business objectives blot out the bigger picture about the holidays and ignoring a cultural shift away from crass commercialism.
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Put Me in, Coach—or, Rather, Put Coaches in

November 17, 2011
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