The myth of the data driven decision maker

A LinkedIn search reveals 2.64 million profiles that refer to themselves as “data driven”. I believe a true data driven decision is about as common as getting struck by lightning. We are human beings. Our decisions are shaped by our beliefs, biases, and emotions. We use data and logic to justify our decisions. Not convinced?Continue reading “The myth of the data driven decision maker”

Getting real about risk. How to use a Pre-Mortem to set your project up for success

Getting your team to have an open and constructive conversation about future risks and challenges is hard, even for the best of teams. Consider the case of Adam (not his real name), a VP for a large global healthcare company. He built a new team with a mission to streamline innovation between multiple R&D groups.Continue reading “Getting real about risk. How to use a Pre-Mortem to set your project up for success”

If Innovation is “1% Inspiration and 99% perspiration”, why are all business books focused on the 1%?

Inspiring stories sell books, but they unintentionally reinforce the myth of the Hero leader that has all the answers. As human beings we are drawn to great stories. They inspire us, connect us, and are a great source of learning. Narratives focused on the cult of success and the admiration of Hero leaders condition usContinue reading “If Innovation is “1% Inspiration and 99% perspiration”, why are all business books focused on the 1%?”

No more success theater

Success Theater means hitting short term goals while burning out your people, burning bridges, or eroding longer term business prospects. It means reporting “Green” status while things are going off the rails. When Alan Mulally joined Ford as CEO in 2006 the company was in bad shape and Success Theater was common practice as describedContinue reading “No more success theater”

The 5% @sshole rule

I believe that 95% of people come to work to do a good job and do the right thing for the company. I call this the 5% @ssshole rule, since some people just seem to take pleasure from being difficult and making others look bad. The second part of the rule is even more important;Continue reading “The 5% @sshole rule”