August 2011

Do you make sure you understand the question before you answer?

Here is what looks like some good advice in the form of insightful story about an exchange between drunk and a priest. A drunk sat down on a subway next to a priest.. His tie was stained, his face was plastered with lipstick, and a half-empty bottle was sticking out of his torn coat pocket. He opened his newspaper and began reading. After a few minutes the man turned asked, “Say Father,what causes arthritis?” The priest replied, “My Son, it’s caused by loose living, being with wicked women, too much alcohol, sleeping around with prostitutes and lack of a bath.” The drunk muttered , “Well, I’ll be darned,” Then returned to his paper. The priest, thinking about what he had said, nudged the man and apologized. “I’m very sorry. I didn’t mean to come on so strong. How long have you had arthritis?” The drunk answered, “I don’t Father. I was just reading that the Pope does.” The story concluded saying: When someone asks you a question make sure you understand it before answering” [...]

Does aiming to make decisions ahead of there time bring new issues?

We rightfully focus on Business intelligence as the way to manage mass amounts of data. This no brainer gives us access to markets with wider spreads of control and reduces or even sometimes completely eliminate costs. There is no argument in a growing business that using technology to create new markets, make or processes and change or reduce what can be an alarming increase in process inefficiencies that emerge as a business changes. But it must be done with management brains still in gear and their eyes on the ball to avoid what are my be obvious disasters. [...]