I hear a lot about data, a lot about analytics and a lot about the need to be numerate. I don’t hear much about being a free-thinker, being creative or being brave and bold.
I find that peculiar.
If you said to most CEO’s would you rather a creative, free thinking, bold and brave HRD or a data rational, analytical, numerate one? My guess is that most, would opt for the former. But strangely, we don’t talk about these elements. We don’t value them.
Why do we value BIG DATA and not BIG THINKING?
Data is the shroud that weak people, weak thinking uses to wrap a justifying existence around itself. Data is the reason that we can prove any argument that we want.
Data is a wanton whore waiting to please its next master.
Data would have told you not to carry out most of the major innovations that have changed our world. Data did not show that people wanted the internet. Data did not show that microwaves would be popular and (more closer to home) data did not show that erotica would be a best-selling genre in 2012.
Data is promiscuous.
I’m numerically literate, I have good GCSEs in Maths, A-levels in Economics and Accountancy and a degree which included statistics. Believe it or not, I even taught statistics for a couple of years. I’m not anti numbers, I’m anti dumb people hiding behind numbers.
When someone tells you that you need more data, tell them you need more ideas. Creativity changes the world, data measures what it has done.
Be part of creating history, not measuring it.