Live long and prosper. A hope we all share.
Prosper and live long. Oddly enough, the theme of Total Rewards.
I don't mean this to be a cheesy allusion. I've just been noticing a bunch of things as I read through the acknowledgements of Leonard Nimoy's career -- or as many of us know him, Commander Spock. And as I was reading, my mind was ready to make connections to our work since it was time to write this blog. If you're in the compensation business, you've got to love, love, love logic, after all.
Known for playing a character who had little truck with human emotions, Spock's insistence on logic got me thinking that he might be a good blog topic. Logic is fundamental to compensation work and a competency that our best practitioners name when they describe leadership in our field.
Our work will not produce useful results unless we are sticklers for logic. For example, alignment between our recommendations and business results is impossible unless we pursue it with keen analytic skills, a sense of objectivity and logic.
And, just like Spock, we won't work on things until we see the logic in it. We know what bad odds deliver.
Of course, as with Spock, we run into some contradictions. If you spend your career searching for objective logic, you'll often grow biased toward emotions as unnecessary distractions. And many in our profession are in that category, or at least struggle to get out of this type of comfort zone.
An old accusation, heard too many times? Here's the reason I bring up this broad generalization today. One of the news commentators mentioned Spock's character will continue to, "inspire our imaginations" for a long time to come. Boy, did that get me thinking.
Isn't that what we strive for when we talk about engagement? Employees whose imaginations are inspired by their work and their alliance with their company? Who will boldly go, and so on . . .
So here's my point. It's far more likely that our work will have meaning and impact if we keep working to understand what emotions have to do with it. We have a responsibility to spark something that "inspires the imagination" of employees, and need to stay committed to refining our ability to do so. And our work (in plan design and implementation strategy) needs to acknowledge human weaknesses, even when we don't personally share them -- something that Spock was highly respected for accomplishing in spite of his own comfort zone.
The good news is that as we get better at it, it is far more likely that we will live long and prosper in the compensation profession . . . and I bet you don't want to miss that Episode.
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