Is Your CEO Willing To Have a Cut in Pay?

September 27th, 2009 by admin

Here are the 10 largest (by revenue) U.S. public companies where CEO pay cuts took place:

General Motors (reduced to $1)
Ford Motor (reduced by 30%)
Sears (reduced by $50K)
FedEx (reduced by 20%)
American Express (reduced by 10%)
Motorola (reduced by 25%)
Eaton (reduced by 6 weeks’ worth of pay)
Continental Airlines (reduced to $0 for Q3 and Q4 of 2008)
EMC (reduced by 15%)
Cummins (reduced by 10%)

In this economy, it may require a cut in pay to remain strong or have a business to survive. Are you or is your CEO willing to take a cut in pay?

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What Does it Mean to be LEAN?

June 17th, 2009 by admin

Lean is about having a drive for simplicity and the power of knowledge.

One of the biggest areas that is forgotten in Lean is respect for people. If a company has properly trained individuals they can in many cases help your facility make a profit. Laying people off and eliminating jobs is not lean. The company may not have as much in salaries, yet they are losing the knowledge their employees have which could make a difference in their success. Lean is about thinking for the long-term, not the short-term.

People are not a liability that accounting professionals tries to impose on a business. Employees that are  properly trained, supported, and acknowledged for their value in the company are an asset.  Knowledge,  and experience cannot be measured on a accounting balance sheet.  Employees are worth far more than what we pay for a simple pair of hands.

With this downturn in the economy all businesses should look at Toyota. They have not downsized any one in their fleet of employees. They are making a profit. When we do not use the talents of the staff we have, companies are bound to not be at their top best.

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