Compensation is typically viewed from the tangible angle. In our work life we consider compensation our salary, certain benefits, the bonus. I would always add to it as well the working tools which my company allows me to use (laptop, phone), where and how I can work and many more. There are other things which might be less tangible, for example, getting an internal promotion (moving up a rank). All of them are very important and also have a strong impact on how we feel about our job and how we feel regarded. Yet there is the intangible and hard to measure. For me this is how do my peers and colleagues view me.
I can say that I have been honoured to work with very talented people who have also become friends in many cases. I have announced to them that I will be changing roles within the company. The change implies a shift in region but also functions, thus my interaction with them will be strongly reduced.
The reaction is something which has overwhelmed me. I got very nice, very personal emails which were simply awesome and very touching. I have always tried to make sure that in my interactions with the people there was a reason to smile for them. Sometimes achieved by saying things in a way which probably few others would do, sometime by stretching some boundaries, but always!!!! with a smile! I wanted to make a shout out to Stefan Haertelt who has dedicated to me this beautiful Poem. It has blown me away every single time I read it.
“Dear Carsten, do not go gentle into the North,
old time should burn and rave at close of the day,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light in North.
Though Wise men at their end know dark is right,
because their words had forked no lighting they
do not go gentle into that good night.
Good Men in the PreSales & CoE wave by, crying how bright,
and wish you all the best on your way,
do not go gentle into the North”
It is based on the this beautiful Video
The words Stefan has dedicated to me have really moved me and are on what I call the intangible values. It shows me that I must have done things right with my peers to receive that sort of appreciation. It does humble and move me a lot and I promise to never got gentle and to continue to be who I am.
Thank you for the intangible compensation, thanks to Youtube it has become tangible!