Beach Walk 129 – Math With Rox

Let’s do some math and see how to use consciousness to conquer greed.

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I think as humans we are transitioning from pure “old brain” behavior to more conscious choices. Jen was talking about this in her and Kent’s video review of “An Inconvenient Truth.” It’s more efficient perhaps to change ourselves than to wait for others. We don’t have to be at the mercy of our fear and greed; we can choose to act otherwise, without losing the thrill of the game that so many enjoy.

I found the original source for the study I mentioned regarding average CEO pay. I was then shocked to read that CEO pay is actually 821 times more than a minimum wage worker. As recently as 1978, the CEO pay was only 78 times more than a minimum wage worker.

So today I propose a plan for changing how money gets distributed in a company. Ben and Jerry came up with it first, but they were sooo radical, with only a 5x differential between top and bottom pay scales, that they were dismissed by most “serious” business people. I think it is time to revisit the concept.

I think companies can arbitrarily set salary levels to more fairly compensate each employee, and if all employees benefit when the company is more successful, then I believe they will pull together to produce a better product – good for the company, its employees, and the customers who buy the stuff the company makes.

Here’s Dilbert’s take on the topic.

Hawaiian words
Hoʻokaulike: to balance

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  1. As simple as I can make it, The WORLD needs to see this Beach Walk show. GREAT, GREAT show.

  2. So much for ‘old’ math and ‘new’ math. Here’s to ‘Roxy’ math! Making conscious choices for empowered living for all people. Yeehaw!

  3. Fortune throws out the “last century” playbook for CEO’s, right in line with what we’ve been talking about here.

  4. I read an amazing article by Robert Samuelson in Newsweek (print) lambasting CEO pay. He is normally a conservative editorial writer. But look at these quotes:
    CEO’s “seem to regard being a multimillionaire as an entitlement befitting their position.”
    They have “contrived a moral code that exempts them from self-control, a moral code that justifies grabbing as much as they can.”
    “They are slowly becoming a threat to the very system they claim to represent.”

    I think it is more effective to change from within, rather than being the battering rams on the outside. Let’s look for more evidence of CEO’s acting less selfishly and more reponsibly towards their companies and their communities.

  5. Sen. Jim Webb mentioned this out of control ratio of CEO pay to average worker salaries in his response to Pres Bush’s speech last night.
    Read and watch it here.


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