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Thank you Dan for this post. Having taught physics to high "schoolers" many years ago, I found your article to be entertaining and informative. One thought that came to mind when you referred to the locomotive is that as compensation professionals we need to get out of our cubes and learn how to drive through rough terrains. Our ability to forecast consequences is directly related to the good relationships we build with the leaders of the business we support. When we drive through the different "neighborhoods" we learn about the topographic nature around us. We also get more information on the leading indicators instead of the lagging indicators. This improves our preparedness to respond and makes us look smart! Not a bad deal to be smart and work in compensation!


Excellent point and one of my favorite reasons to ride on a train!

Back in the world of physics...The law of conservation of energy states that the total energy of an isolated system remains constant—it is said to be conserved over time. Energy can neither be created nor destroyed; rather, it transforms from one form to another. For instance, chemical energy can be converted to kinetic energy in the explosion of a stick of dynamite.

A consequence of the law of conservation of energy is that a perpetual motion machine of the first kind cannot exist. That is to say, no system without an external energy supply can deliver an unlimited amount of energy to its surroundings.

In the world of compensation you must be constantly moving throughout an organization to gain and give energy in the form of information and understanding.

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