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February 19, 2012, Mark Lonergan
In the Middle Ages, serfs left the farms and began flocking to cities, learning trades as a way of supporting themselves. Guilds developed along with a prescribed process for transition from Apprentice to Journeyman to Master. Patrons of these skilled trades learned to appreciate the differences in terms of training and experience, paying the highest prices for goods created by the Master.... Read more »
January 20, 2012, Mark Lonergan
Over the past 20 years in Silicon Valley, I have seen public companies go from CEO-run organizations with little compensation scrutiny to Board-led companies with hard-working compensation committees and associated compensation consultants. It is often the board now that determines the pay structures of the companies they serve, with a critical eye towards prevention of overpayment of key... Read more »
November 17, 2011, Mark Lonergan
Like other Americans, I marvel at the creation of tent cities from Oakland to New York. Socially sensitive but deeply pragmatic, the people of the Silicon Valley seem puzzled by the encampments of angry and disorganized people popping up in all parts of our nation. I asked a friend recently why Silicon Valley has been largely left out of this budding social movement, why the tent cities... Read more »
October 10, 2011, Mark Lonergan
I met this morning with a couple of current public company Board Chairmen. Both are former CEOs for Top 10 companies here in the Silicon Valley. After forty years (each) of operating and board-level management experience, these two gentlemen are real experts about how great companies are built in the Silicon Valley. During our breakfast, our conversation drifted to a discussion of advice for... Read more »
September 11, 2011, Mark Lonergan
I am sure you all have been discussing Carol Bartz’ termination (over the phone no less) from Yahoo last week. As an executive recruiter for over 20 years and the veteran of many CEO searches myself, I often witness the state of the organization shortly after the senior leader has been issued his/her walking papers. The way a termination is done and the timing for a termination are often more... Read more »

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