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Love this post Chuck. The only problem I think a lot of people have is knowing when the cow needs to be tipped. Incremental change can creep up on you especially if you aren't accustomed to looking for it.

(P.S.keep your clowder inside. Too dangerous outside for them!)

No, I am NOT following Jacque around this blog.

I really love the 'cow tipping' thing! About 50 years ago I wrote my first article in a magazine called, "Personnel". It was an AMA magazine. The title of it was "Job Evaluation at Xerox". I looked at that article this morning and it looks like it could be published again because many organizations are still 'doing it' the way we did it 50 years ago.

I have a theory of the 'sameness' that terrorizes our profession. For many years the content and ideas in our profession came from practitioners, college professors, and consultants. The old American Compensation Association used to be driven from the membership. Ideas like broad-based incentives, new approaches to skill and job valuing, flexible compensation, etc., came from the memvers actually working in the field. It was great fun and we 'tipped cows' as a 'hobby'. Goodness knows how many times you would see someone from an organization, college, or consulting firm grab a stick and run out into the field to 'tip a cow'.

Then about a decade ago that ended and American Compensation Association became something called World at Work and the history of being a 'member run' organization ended. Every 'blessed idea' now comes from employees of World at Work and the 'cow tipping' ended. How many cows do you think they 'tip'?

I don't know you, Chuck, but could it be that you are a 'cow tipper'? If you are it would be super to see you gather up a few practitioners and college types to run out in a corn field and tip a few cows with you.

I guess I would call myself a "cow tipper," Jay, and have the bruises to show for it . I've been doing this a long time (though less than 50) and have experienced the evolution of practice from trying out new ideas to the safety of repetition. New ideas still pop up constantly, but the culture of sameness and EASY button thinking often quashes much innovation before it can take root.

Few great ideas later enshrined as "best practice" were ever immediately adopted by all. Good stuff is constantly competing with "most commonly used" garbage routinely endorsed by lazy thinkers obsessed with followership. The hard thing is usually better than the easy thing, but guess which is often the most popular choice?

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