July 27, 2020

How do you use a lamp-post?

Lamp post and star light

I was amused by this quote, especially in the light of current world events and the way politicians are reacting.

“Politicians use statistics in the same way that a drunk uses lamp-posts – for support rather than illumination.” Andrew Land

We gather statistics and data as we work. Indeed, sometimes our work is gathering data.

How do you use the data? To justify a position, to stand your ground against ‘The enemy’, to maintain the status quo, to catch people out, or to illuminate choices and new directions to travel.

Stop and think for a moment…

What data do you handle?

What is it used for?

How can you use it to illuminate and improve what you do?

My best wishes, Paul

Paul Matthews

CEO and Founder of People Alchemy

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