Being data-driven is all the rage. Some would consider it a fad or trend that will pass soon enough. The only problem with that is data is a natural byproduct of how you and I engage with the world. Whether it's as a consumer or business leader, data informs our decisions and captures what we—as well as our constituents—want, desire, or need.
Dashboards and data aren't futuristic aspirations anymore. They are now and have already become part of the normal mode of operations for many in society.
(Ah-hem.) May I have your attention, please?
This is a professional service announcement.
Fire a client? I know. It sounds backwards, doesn't it?
But the great thing about life is you get to decide who you want to work with and what you want to do.
One of the quotes I'll never forget from Tom Peter's book is this ...
Everyone knows someone who lives by the saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
I believe this is a dangerous lie, especially within organizations.
OK. That may be a bit of a overstatement, but I do think such thinking holds teams and organizations back from experiencing break through moments.
Buying into such rhetoric gives us permission to “pass” on challenging the status quo.
As long as our teams are performing to expectations, general benchmarks, etc., then we can pat ourselves on the back and move on to more pressing matters. The fundamental flaw in this thinking is believing that only things that are broken need to be fixed.