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Great to have this perspective. This made me think about the US House of Reps insistence to vote again and again to show their disapproval of the new health care structure. I have seen compensation pros do the same thing. "I told you so" is seldom a great way to build consensus. Reminders that you think someone else's decision is wrong is like to just make that person not want you around for the next decision.

Excellent reminder.

And you have to be big enough to be able to handle the consequences should the alternative go wrong. As Dan says, without the "told you so".

This makes sense for strategic incentive type work. Years ago, I assessed a job as non-exempt. My HR manager as well as the department manager wanted the job to be exempt. I repeatedly questioned their reasoning and pointed out the checklists I had done. At that point, I had already made some many CLMs that one more did not matter. I really do wish I had pressed the issue more. Of course, a year later one of the 43 employees in that group, reported their inappropriate status to the DOL. ALL 43 of them got back overtime wages for the year in question. Shortly after the audit I left for another position which was much more rewarding (as people listened as well as paid better). I never said I told you so to that HR Manager, which I so much wanted to, but I certainly couldn't stop thinking it!

What a great article! Serves to remind us we're not "God" nor have super-powers, and are there to enable the business (which is a big enough role) not to drive it.

Great article and reminder. An adage comes to mind whenever providing recommendations that are not accepted - remember this isn't personal, it's businees. I try to instill that attitude with the compensation analyst that work for me simply so they don't get so caught up in the "drama" and lose their objectivity.

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