Day: July 1, 2020

Summer reading 2020

This year, perhaps more than ever, we need to take time away from our laptops and videoconferences and try to clear our minds. Here are s+b’s suggestions for recent business reads that can help you slow down and still keep up with the most compelling new ideas and insights. (They won’t hurt your RoomRater score, either).

Humankind: A Hopeful History

by Rutger Bregman (Little, Brown, 2020)

In his new book, historian Bregman assembles impressive evidence in support of his contrarian take — that “most people, deep down, are pretty decent.” He writes that it is “a persistent myth that by their very nature humans are selfish, aggressive and quick to panic.” Like all myths, this one has little basis in fact, but it remains extremely powerful.


The Power of Experiments: Decision-Making in a Data Driven World

by Michael Luca and Max H. Bazerman (MIT Press, 2020)

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3 Key Things Companies Need to Consider About Stock Options Right Now

Here’s what you need to know about stock option compensation strategies.

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Stock option compensation strategies are hard for small firms and startups to get right even in the best of times given the myriad of rules that apply. The Covid-19 crisis has made it harder, underlining the importance of smart planning around equity-based pay to avoid unexpected tax outcomes for companies and employees.

One problem is the market volatility that has accompanied the pandemic, and the potential for more to come. Depending on where the options were priced when they were issued, this could either result in a lack of incentives for employees because their options are severely “underwater” or an unexpectedly large windfall for them that could hurt current shareholders.

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