I have a highly intelligent and successful ‘left brained’ colleague and friend who ‘gets it’ when it comes to understanding that data and fact sheets do not communicate meaning. This software developer, entrepreneur, certified project management professional, author, award-winning speaker and CIO of a medical practice knows that all the data in the world will not convey key messages, prompt engagement, nor influence behavior. I’m sharing his words and hope you find them of value, as do I. I’d love to hear your thoughts!
“What is the value of collecting and analyzing data if it doesn’t change thinking or behavior?
Too often we settle for data dumps that give the “illusion of understanding.” Why? Because that is how we were taught. And the results can be very costly, and in the case of the Challenger Disaster, even deadly.
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It’s not the data that convinces us, it’s how we feel about the data that convinces us.”