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Executive Compensation “Guiding Principles”


There are many opinions on pay levels and practices today – along with proposed approaches to designing and delivering them. How do influencers of these decisions identify the path forward? From where can they find sound advice? What is the best thinking on the unique complexities of your own organization?

To help address these and other questions, our executive compensation leaders are pleased to share our Guiding Principles, a conceptual framework and set of guidelines for how to best navigate the nuances of pay for senior executives. This powerful set of tools will help drive exceptional performance, create alignment with owners and focus management on creating value.

The "Guiding Principles" are a current, readily accessible and thorough body of knowledge, that include:

  • Insights and experience of more than 100 of our senior executive compensation consultants, shared via interviews and workshops.
  • Findings from the Independent Directors' Executive Compensation (IDEC) Project, which collected the views from hundreds of board members across various organizations and industries to develop core principles for the governance of executive compensation.
  • A continuous scan of the current executive compensation landscape based on legislative, regulatory and economic developments.
  • Research on executive compensation program effectiveness using our many proprietary surveys and databases and leveraging publicly available data.

To use the "Guiding Principles", please bookmark this page and visit often for regularly issued guidance delivered via narrative chapters, blog posts, videos and other resources. We plan to issue one chapter or key topic approximately every month, accompanied by a blog post and related video.

"Guiding Principles" by chapter

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Chapter one: Purpose and importance


  1. Chapter one: The purpose and importance of executive compensation

    February 6, 2018

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  2. Video: Why Willis Towers Watson created "The Guiding Principles of Executive Compensation"

    February 6, 2018

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  3. Video: The role guiding principles are intended to play in executive compensation

    February 6, 2018

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  4. Video: Why guiding principles are important in executive compensation

    November 6, 2017

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  5. Video: "The Guiding Principles of Executive Compensation" in summary

    February 6, 2018

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  6. Blog: "Guiding Principles" launch offers content-rich resource

    February 7, 2018

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  7. Blog: "Guiding Principles": Linking purpose to companies HR priorities

    August 8, 2018

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Chapter two: Overarching and operating principles


  1. Chapter two: Overarching and operating principles of executive compensation

    March 1, 2018

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  2. Blog: The evolution of overarching executive compensation principles

    February 16, 2018

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  3. Blog: Introduction to "The Guiding Principles of Executive Compensation"

    February 12, 2018

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  4. Blog: "Guiding Principles" ties executive compensation to purpose, mission and strategy

    March 21, 2018

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  5. Video: The overarching guiding principles for executive compensation: Purpose

    March 21, 2018

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Chapter three: "Guiding Principles" case studies – IPOs and spin-offs


  1. Chapter three: "Guiding Principles" case studies – IPOs and spin-offs

    May 1, 2018

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  2. Video: "The Guiding Principles of Executive Compensation" in service of an IPO

    April 30, 2018

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  3. Blog: IPOs and spin-offs case studies: Take a fresh look at purpose and executive compensation

    May 3, 2018

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  4. Video: A central guiding principle for executive compensation: Alignment

    May 22, 2018

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  5. Blog: "Guiding Principles": What captures the essence of executive compensation? In a word, "alignment."

    May 23, 2018

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Chapter four: The unique compensation needs of biotechnology start-ups


  1. Chapter four: The unique compensation needs of biotechnology start-ups

    June 26, 2018

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  2. Video: "The Guiding Principles of Executive Compensation" at work in the bio/pharma/life sciences industry sector

    June 28, 2018

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Chapter five: Balancing tips for walking the health care incentives tightrope


  1. Chapter five: Balancing tips for walking the health care incentives tightrope

    November 1, 2018

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  2. Video: "The Guiding Principles of Executive Compensation" at work

    November 1, 2018

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  3. Blog: "Guiding Principles": Health Systems — Use alignment, engagement and accountability to improve compensation structures and performance

    November 1, 2018

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Chapter six: Respecting family values and competitive realities in a nonpublic company


  1. Chapter six: Respecting family values and competitive realities in a nonpublic company

    October 10, 2019

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  2. Blog: "Guiding Principles": Applying Overarching and Operating Principles in Nonpublic Companies

    October 10, 2019

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