Top nine questions about executive compensation and COVID-19

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first_imgLike many of you, I’ve learned a lot about myself during the stay-at-home order. Some good, some bad. It turns out that I am an excellent hunter-gatherer of scarce paper goods. And, I’m good at making pancakes. On the flipside, I am terrible at prioritizing my home chores. Put away boxes after moving six years ago – nope! Take the Roomba out of the box – too busy! Learn about non-avian dinosaur paleobiology – yes please!Thankfully credit unions have a guiding principle in navigating COVID-19 to help them prioritize amid the chaos, “people helping people.” As much as I love talking about executive compensation, it’s not the main focus right now. However, our current environment is an opportune time to evaluate your executive retention program. Eventually we’ll be back to our usual day-to-day activities, and retention of your tested high performers will be critical. In other words, your competitors will be eager to recruit your proven – and subsequently highly marketable – executives to steer them through the next challenge.My colleague Dan Mayfield, Managing Director of Gallagher’s Human Resources & Compensation Consulting practice, shares answers to nine common questions he is receiving from clients about executive compensation administration during this uncertain time. One piece of advice Dan offers is to maintain as much discipline as possible as compensation decisions during this stressful time could set a precedent for future challenges. In addition to retention questions, Dan addresses succession planning and perquisites. I recommend you check out Dan’s action items to identify any gaps in your current program.You can access the Top Nine Questions Asked about Executive Compensation and COVID-19 here »I hope that during this crazy time, you’ve found something you’re good at. In case you were wondering, I’m halfway through my 12-week dinosaur class! 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Liz Santos As Chief of Staff for the Executive Benefits practice, Liz supports the teams that design and service client benefit plans. Formerly BFB, Gallagher Executive Benefits consults with organizations on securing … Web: www.GallagherExecBen.com Detailslast_img read more

Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill basking in pride after Euro qualification

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first_img “We saw all the good things in Northern Ireland tonight. The bond between crowd and team is really, really strong.” Davis was a fitting figurehead on such a historic night, opening the scoring with a close-range finish then seeing an 18-yard header loop in to make the points safe. But his influence on this side extends far beyond two goals or one evening’s work. “Steven’s performance was out of this world. He is a magnificent captain,” said O’Neill. “Anyone in the squad will validate that opinion. “That gives you an indication of the type of player and person he is. “He’s never been unavailable, never asked for a rest or come off. “We’ve come from an era where Northern Ireland players were criticised for not being available at certain times, but in this squad we have real togetherness and spirit. “For those players who’ve been through campaign after campaign and been through loads o disappointments – and had a lot of criticism – this is their moment as much as it is mine. “The likes of Steven, Jonny Evans, Gareth McAuley, Chris Brunt, Aaron Hughes. You couldn’t meet better professionals.” Davis admitted Northern Ireland were “desperate” to guarantee qualification in front of their own fans in Belfast rather than leaving the moment for Sunday’s match in Finland. “It was a magnificent night and we couldn’t have asked for it to go any better,” he said. “It’s a dream come true. We were aware it could have gone to Sunday, we were prepared for that, but we really wanted to get it done tonight. “No better place to do it in front of our fans who have pushed us all along this campaign. “If you need motivation for this then there’s a problem. I think all the lads were desperate to get ourselves (to France). It’s a huge achievement for the squad and the country and we’re going to enjoy tonight and then look forward to Sunday.” Manager Michael O’Neill spoke of his pride at guiding Northern Ireland to their first major tournament in 30 years after a famous victory in Belfast. A brace from inspirational captain Steven Davis and a first international goal for Josh Magennis saw them to a 3-1 win over Greece and sealed passage to Euro 2016. It will be the country’s first summer finals since the 1986 World Cup, earning O’Neill and his squad a special place in Northern Ireland’s history. “It’s just an amazing feeling, thinking what we have to look forward to,” he said. “I’m very proud of what we’ve achieved and it’s the highest point of my career for certain, either as a player or a manager. “I have enjoyed this job, even when the results were difficult. I have enjoyed the challenge of trying to make an impact and improve football here in Northern Ireland and qualification for the Euros will do that.” O’Neill will not want for plaudits in the days or weeks to come, job offers too perhaps, but he has no intention of hogging the limelight. Instead he wants his players to take centre-stage. “This is a special moment for and I’m lucky my wife and kids were here tonight because they’ve not been since my first match,” he said. “It’s special to share these moments with the right people but it’s about the players. “To see their reaction is where I get the real buzz. Press Associationlast_img read more

Why baseball should be brought back to UW

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first_imgThe University of Wisconsin hasn’t had a baseball team in 28 years. The last time the Badgers fielded a team was for the 1991 season, and it doesn’t appear that they will be fielding a new one anytime soon.Like other UW sports teams, the baseball team competed in the Big Ten conference, where they won Big Ten championships in 1902, 1912, 1930, 1946 and 1950. But the team didn’t manage to win another conference title in its final 41 seasons.The Badgers were fairly mediocre over the years, ultimately becoming one of the least successful programs in the country. The team recorded a 6-22 record in its final season.The team was cut from the university in 1991 to eliminate a $1.9 million debt in the athletic department, who today is prospering from the successes of numerous teams, including football, men’s basketball, men’s and women’s hockey, men’s and women’s track and field, and women’s volleyball.Wisconsin varsity baseball has been gone for 27 years, is return possible?Jeff Block already revived baseball at the University of Wisconsin once. Now, he plans to do it again. In the Read…The Badgers happen to be the only Big Ten university without a baseball team, but fielding one in the near future seems unlikely based upon Athletic Director Barry Alvarez’s lack of interest in doing so over the last several years.Jeff Block, the current head coach of Wisconsin’s club baseball team, has received nearly 8,500 signatures on a petition to bring a baseball team back to the university.Instead, Alvarez and the rest of the athletic department here at Wisconsin have chosen to invest nearly $130 million into renovations of Camp Randall Stadium — easily enough money to field a baseball team for years to come.Block’s team has even proven to be competitive. The Division-I team went 19-4, including 12-0 in the conference, to finish ranked No. 7 last season. This team has proven tough against other club baseball teams, including some others the Big Ten, demonstrating that Wisconsin has the foundational culture and skill to field a varsity team that can compete at the varsity level.But the athletic department is still disinterested. Senior Associate Athletic Director Justin Doherty has stated in the past that “Our goal currently is to remain as competitive as we can in the sports we currently sponsor.”So while Wisconsin could field a baseball team, the university is actively electing not to do so because it supposedly isn’t in their best interest. This point-of-view does make some sense — Alvarez likely wouldn’t want to fund a team that may struggle to win games early on after Wisconsin’s athletic programs have seen great success under his stewardship.Still, this disregard for bringing America’s pastime back to UW does not benefit the university whatsoever, because it is clear that a Wisconsin baseball team would draw significant interest from both students and alumni, especially those who have never before experienced college baseball.No man’s Land: The journey of UW baseball’s final head coachHe had coached baseball at the Division I level for 21 years and then one day in May of 1991, Read…The community would welcome a varsity baseball team, as support for the team wasn’t the issue when it came time to end the program in 1991. In fact, based upon the nearly 8,500 people who have signed Block’s petition, it is safe to say that the student body and the community of Madison as a whole are again ready for baseball to be a part of the UW experience.The Badgers would draw interest from the campus and surrounding community alike, and this can be demonstrated by the success of the Madison Mallards of the Northwoods Baseball League, an amateur team who has been playing in Madison since 2001. The Mallards have drawn large crowds for years and even won league championships in 2004 and 2013.Madison Area Technical College also fields a baseball team, which has seen success in previous years, including a 35-22 campaign in 2018 that featured a 17-6 home record.The success of its neighboring college demonstrates just how good Wisconsin could be at varsity baseball, who could utilize students on the current club team as well as players from other surrounding colleges like MATC.So, Madison is a place that has enough potential fan support for a baseball team here at the university. To me, it is frustrating that the athletic department and university are unwilling to even hear people like coach Block out and give them the opportunity to prove that reviving the baseball program is the right choice for Wisconsin.There are numerous reasons why Wisconsin should revive this program, including an already supportive fanbase, a really good club baseball team and the potential for even more revenue to enter the athletic department. Conversely, there are few reasons why they shouldn’t.In the end, it is sad knowing that Wisconsin hasn’t fielded a varsity baseball team in nearly 30 years, yet they continue to field a great club team and they also have local teams in the Mallards and MATC that have proven their worth to the community. All that I ask is that Wisconsin gives another opportunity for the baseball program, for the sake of our campus and for the Madison community.last_img read more

Southgate salutes Rooney after England retirement

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first_img0Shares0000Wayne Rooney scored 53 goals in 119 appearances for England © AFP/File / Ben StansallLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 24 – England manager Gareth Southgate has paid tribute to Wayne Rooney’s “fantastic career” after the Everton forward retired from international duty.Rooney announced on Wednesday that he was bringing down the curtain on his England era after scoring 53 goals in 119 appearances. Southgate had called Rooney to offer him a place in the England squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovakia in September.But instead former Manchester United star Rooney told Southgate he wanted to concentrate on club football following his close-season move back to Everton.“I know I speak for everyone when I congratulate him on a fantastic international career,” Southgate told reporters on Thursday.“He said he had been thinking long and hard about the decision and he had decided he was going to announce his international retirement.“We then talked for another half an hour about why I was calling and the possible role I saw him fulfilling because I think as a manager you always want to prod to see ‘has he thought about this decision?’.“He clearly had and I totally understood his reasoning, moving to Everton and the fresh opportunity he has got there.“I thought there was a role that he could play for the squad but by the same token I fully understand his rationale.”Rooney is England’s all-time leading scorer and most capped outfield player, yet some question whether he deserves to be ranked among his country’s all-time greats because of his disappointing performances at major tournaments.England never made it past the quarter-finals of the World Cup or European Championships with Rooney in the side.– ‘Door always open’ –But Southgate, who had begun easing Rooney out of the squad last season, insisted the 31-year-old deserved to be ranked alongside England icons like Bobby Charlton, Bobby Moore and Gary Lineker.“It would be a good moment to recognise what an outstanding player he has been for England,” Southgate said.“I have seen some debate around ‘is he a legend or isn’t he?’.“If you are the most capped outfield player and the record goalscorer I’m not sure what else you have to do to be called a legend.“He has represented his country with incredible pride and has kept coming back even when there has been a lot of criticism towards him, and his level of performance has been outstanding.”It is a measure of Southgate’s respect for Rooney that he even left the door open for a possible return to the England squad if he changes his mind about retiring in the future.“I said the door was always open and because of the way he has been playing at the beginning of the season he is in the right frame of mind, that’s why I made the call this time,” he said.“I don’t see why you ever shut the door on anything as players.”Southgate also said he would be willing to bring Rooney into the England set-up if he wants to go into coaching once he hangs up his boots for good.“He’s been a pleasure to work with and I am sure at some point in the future there could be some involvement with England,” he added.“I think generally we’re trying to engage former England players more than we have done in the past. Help them along their coaching pathway if that’s the way they want to go.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more