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Is Short-Term Behavior Jeopardizing the Future Prosperity of Business? (CHRO Strategic Implications)

October 2015 | Publication

Managers of public companies are under constant pressure to meet quarterly guidance and maximize profits, often at the expense of future profitability. Business leaders must act to ensure that the drive for short-term performance doesn’t come at the expense of sustainable value creation. Through their knowledge of the business and its human capital, CHROs are in a unique position to help senior management and boards of directors drive performance through HR- and talent-related policies that support the company’s long-term strategy. Tactics for driving performance include strategic workforce planning, forward-thinking executive compensation design, and communication to and engagement of internal stakeholders in long-term strategy.

Explore our full portfolio of thought leadership on short-termism here.



Donna Dabney

Former Executive Director, Governance Center


Melissa Aguilar

Former Researcher, Corporate Leadership
The Conference Board


Gad Levanon, PhD

Vice President, Labor Markets
The Conference Board

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Alex Parkinson

Communications Institute Co-Leader
The Conference Board
Parky Communications

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Douglas Chia

President, Soundboard Governance LLC



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