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”

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”