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CEO Compensation. “I’ll drink to that!”

There’s been no shortage of articles in newspapers and magazines about excessive executive compensation in recent years. But sometimes it’s useful to look at things from a different perspective.

Students from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit recently organized a very interesting show called Common Sense. Here’s what they say on their website.

COMMON SENSE is an art exhibit that examines the American Dream. Through a series of thirteen works, the exhibit questions assumptions about the country’s history while it shows our common goals and dreams. It illuminates inequalities in our society and the difficult choices we must consider. Finally, Common Sense suggests possibilities for the future.

COMMON SENSE is an experiment. In this Age of Information, we explore what role art and design can and ought to have in digesting and disseminating knowledge. In light of America’s can-do spirit and resourcefulness, we use commonplace materials, as well as found objects,to populate the exhibit.

COMMON SENSE is a celebration that hopes to make some truths more evident and inspire visitors to imagine a better nation.

Here’s an interesting, thought provoking piece on ceo compensation.

From the project website:

The ratio between the average salary and the average CEO salary in America has changed dramatically in the past 50 years, from 1:25 to 1:275.  Is this a sign of the strength of American companies, or is it a sign of megalomaniacal greed?  Who, and how, do we value individuals and their work in our society?  Has “top talent” recently performed to the heights suggested by their salaries?

For the curious: in Germany, the ratio is 1:14, and in Japan, a CEO only makes 11 times as much as the average manufacturing employee.

Check out the entire exhibit here.

via Fast Company Design – Infographics of the Day (July 14, 2010)

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Peter A. Mello, Founder/Editor Founder of Weekly Leader and Sea-Fever Consulting, LLC, a leadership development and strategic communications consultancy. Previously, CEO of an international nonprofit organization and COO of a national insurance/risk management services firm. Peter has been leading people and managing organizations for over 30 years, writes a leadership column for MarineNews magazine and blogs about maritime culture at Sea-Fever. Follow him on Twitter.

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