Morning Coffee Apr 16 2012

Deconstructing the Hierarchy at Goldman Sachs

By julie steinberg

There are two sides to every coin, and sometimes one is shinier.

According to Goldman's proxy statement, Lloyd Blankfein earned $12 million for his work in 2011, down 35.5% from a year earlier, a decline that makes sense given the firm's lackluster performance.

But under reporting requirements for the Securities and Exchange Commission, he earned $16.2 million, up nearly 15% from 2010. Under those guidelines, his pay includes compensation such as stock options that rolled over into 2011.

Altogether, he earned a $3 milion cash bonus, $10.7 million in stock awards and a $2 million base salary. Last year, Goldman increased salaries for top executives to $2 million from $600,000.

His No. 2, Chief Operating Officer Gary Cohn, earned $15.8 million, up 14% from a year ago, under SEC guidelines, while Chief Financial Officer David Viniar raked in $15.8 million, up 13.3% from the year earlier period.

J. Michael Evans, who some see as a successor to Blankfein, earned $15.7 million.

Meanwhile, elsewhere in Goldmanland, the New York Post reports that tensions are running high between Blankfein and Cohn, due to the latter's wish to get to the top of the chain sooner rather than later. Take that for what it's worth, but Monday mornings are always best served with a dollop of Shakespearean successor drama.

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Woman at the Top (WSJ)

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Poaching Away (FT)

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Coming For Your Bonuses (BBC)

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Neat and Tidy (Business Insider)

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The Price of a Bet (Bloomberg)

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Buzz Around the Office

Protect Ya Head (YouTube)

A zany football helmet commercial from 1932.

List of the Day: Using Humor

Humor can be an effective way to ingratiate yourself with colleagues and bosses. Just don't take it too far.

1. Be careful with sarcasm. You don't want people to misconstrue your words.

2. Deploy humor to make people feel more comfortable.

3. Stay away from sensitive topics.

(Source: Forbes)

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