July 29, 2006, on this blog: A true story
From this experience, I learned several lessons:
1. If you ever encounter a consultant from the Hay Group, keep one hand on your wallet and never turn your back.
2. Americans find any public discussion or comparison of income distasteful and grounds for extreme defensiveness. They might be willing to talk publicly about the intimate details of their sex lives or their gastrointestinal functions, but not about their salary.
3. This reluctance to speak transparently about income does not serve most people well, but serves some people very well indeed.