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I realize this post is focused generally on compensation. I am new to HR having spent years in IT. In the IT world, it seems no one can look past an 18 month planning window. This is partly due to technology changing so fast, the heavy weight of a large project portfolio and generally the perception there is no need to look past that point since we cannot control it anyway.

Thanks for the comment Charles.

I have also worked extensively in the IS/IT world in may past. Your 18 months estimate has been the case for a while. Unfortunately this has only more recently bled over into HR/Comp.

The reality is this: It is a key responsibility of HR and Comp to design programs to help offset this natural tendency for others to be nearsighted. When we lose our ability to see and plan for the future, there is little others can do to fix that.

When velocity accelerates while the line of sight contracts ... if your speed increases as your focus drops from the horizon to your toes ... only immediate events are noticed; foresight disappears and events pop up before your response cycle permits response. You either blindly charge forward into the dark or ricochet from one unanticipated collision after another. Very dangerous, as you noted, Dan.

Years ago I had a friend tell me the secret of racing a fast car. Beyond have a car that is capable of going fast a big key is to focus on where you are going, rather than on where you are. He mentioned that he had been taught to view where a curve ended, rather than where is was in the curve itself. Apparently, if your brain has a god idea of where it needs to get to, it will figure out a good path to get there.

This person is now retired, but was once a well respected executive compensation expert at some of the biggest firms. Perhaps we was trying to teach me a lesson on pay the whole time.

Consistent with your last comment, Dan, anyone familiar with methods to avoid collisions on race tracks knows that you should aim right at the spinning vehicle rather than attempt to steer around it. By the time your reflexes change your direction, the careening object will have moved into a path that no longer intersects with your new path. You are now moving towards where it was. The only way you are SURE to miss a moving target is by aiming exactly where it was before time changed and reality moved.

Likewise, you must lead a moving target in order to hit it.

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