An Obvious Place to Cut Costs


Executives Take Company Planes as if Their Own – New York Times

I don't know if Intel's CEO uses the corporate jet as his own, like other CEO's do. But, that's one place I would look to start cutting costs at big corporations. CEO's are overpaid as it is, so let's pull the personal corporate jet perk to start.

If your CEO is yelling at you to cut costs, (OK, I don't know that Otellini was yelling) maybe they should look in the mirror first. I suspect just buying them first class commercial tickets would be much much cheaper.

It would make me mad as a customer, an employee, and a tax payer (thanks to the big tax writeoffs the companies get) for providing this luxurious perk.

By the way, that's a real childrens book
. I see a sequel, “Slumgullion and His Private Jet.”

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker, and podcaster with experience in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. Mark's new book is The Mistakes That Make Us: Cultivating a Culture of Learning and Innovation. He is also the author of Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More, the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, and the anthology Practicing Lean. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus.


  1. A good starting point would be with the IRS. When the CEO uses the corporate jet for personl use – or brings his spouse or a friend along – he has to report income based on the cost of a First Class Ticket for that route.

    Instead, he should be accountable for an allocated portion of the ctual cost of the jet.


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