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Thanks, Chuck. Your piece has so many great quotable quotes that I am tempted to quote almost all of it.

Many people in other functions fail to realize that we have come well past the days when compensation and reward professionals were viewed (albeit wrongly) as people who largely messed around secretly and mechanically with numbers from 'confidential' sources in some backroom or dark basement. Today, real value addition and contribution accrue from leveraging the broader, deeper, wiser, and better seasoned perspectives and prescriptions of compensation and rewards professionals to positively and measurably impact intermediate outcomes as well as the ultimate results of organizations. Our VUCA world requires more seasoned reasoning. Thanks once again, Chuck.

Gray hair?

But, Chuck, I thought in the age of "OMG! How can you possibly still be using an iPhone 7? That is so OLD!", that any technology, idea, policy, process, or concept that was more than three-years old was to be considered obsolete, probably heretical, or at the very least, highly-suspect!

And if that is true about technology, processes, and policies, well, people can't be far behind, right?

Yet, you seem to be openly suggesting that there is a degree of wisdom, expertise, and experience that comes from using and applying skills (and from occasionally failing).

And THAT is a refreshing concept in today's environment.

(By the way, I am always struck when watching old movies from the 30's, 40's, and 50's that so many of the major characters and extras have gray hair. They had gravitas. But, when you watch more current movies and TV, seasoned actors/extras tend to be far less common.)

Hey Joe, check out LinkedIn or even Facebook (I'm sure there are other examples). Everyone pictured is twenty-something years old. Too often experienced people (or seniors) tend to be stereotyped as doddering old fools whose opinions should be ignored as ancient history. As a culture, we tend to value the new and shiny, while anything with dents and scratches is either an antique or simply junk.

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