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All Revved Up and No Place to Go

Questions determine our direction – ask the wrong question, or even the wrong type of question, we could end up with answer that may feel good, may look good, but provide an answer that gives us a direction that proves to be ineffective nor efficient in the long run. Learning to ask good questions versus the right questions is something with which many struggle.

There is also the matter of knowing what to do with what you have, least you have something that will only be a burden and not an asset. Personal example: when I first knew I wanted to learn to drive…

  • I had a very positive attitude about learning to drive a car
  • I knew it would be a useful tool in my life
  • I knew absolutely nothing about how to drive nor how to take care of a car

Buying a car before I had a license meant I would be all revved up and no place to go… One thing that cannot be argued when it comes to goals – the clearer our goals, the greater our confidence as well as our success.

Learn to Ask the Right Questions

Let’s get back to Big Data…

A recent global survey sponsored by Platfora and performed by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) questioned 395 C-level executives from 18 different industries and is balanced across Asia-Pacific (34%), North America (27%), Western Europe (26%) and the rest of the world (13%).

Here are some of the key findings in that study…

  • CEOs have the most positive overall attitudes about big data according to survey respondents, with 76% rating their CEO’s views as positive or very positive on the subject, closely followed by CIOs (72%) and CMOs (67%)
  • 48% of executives believe big data to be a useful tool
  • Lack of understanding about how to use big data stands in the way of implementation…

Does the 3rd key finding sound like everyone is asking the right questions? Or even why they are wanting what they want? Seriously, anytime any of us have asked the right question, anytime any of us have provided a clear vision of our goals, everyone gets it that they are on the right track… Does this last key finding really speak to this?…

When taken into context, the 3rd key finding is also indicative of the process we are all going through when any new technology arrives that will disrupt everything we already do and know. A quick read of the Industrial Revolution through several online source will show the same parallels, though on a much longer timeline (see what happened before there was Google?)…

  • Most people had a positive overall attitudes about the new technology
  • Many believed the new technology would be a useful tool
  • Lack of understanding about how to use the new technology stood in the way of implementation for most

(sample sources: wikipedia, New World Encyclopedia, History.com)

Detecting a pattern here?

Ignoring, Listening, Believing

Our successes are determined by what we are willing to ignore, as well as what failures we will ignore (as opposed to learning from them). Ignore the wrong question or not even think of the right question, and/or implement the wrong idea can end a career, or at best result in a lateral or demotion. If you a business owner, that lost business will take a while to return to prior levels.

Well, the first step towards any success is the always rooted in the willingness to listen – but to whom? Those that impart knowledge are also capable of imparting error, yes?

Qualifying who we listen to is important. What we hear repeatedly we eventually believe – and there has been a lot of concepts, ideas and thoughts repeatedly shared nearly everywhere. So what does one do when there are so many beliefs, thoughts, suggestions as to what will work?

We will continue this next month… Please feel free to leave a Reply below, looking forward to hearing from you!

  • Didn’t plan this with David D’Souza and the timing is magnificent if anything…

    David is excellent at relating a problem to movies, events, past experiences we all can relate to — it is a gift he has with which he does extremely well.

    He talks about about not asking questions but asking the right questions…

    He talks about the lack of understanding about how to use the new technology standing in the way of implementation…

    And he does this through the Jurassic Park Problem… The Jurassic Park Problem is one of his favorite go-to explanations. Now, with the imminent release of Jurassic World, he finally seems slightly topical rather than horribly out of date. He most often employs it to question HR’s positions around analytics and big data – although it probably applies to most people’s use of technology…. something I will be discussing in the coming months in future content…

    Let David continue his explanation, he says this part better than me — actually, better than most people can… OK, I lie, no one can explain it better than David… see for yourself here http://j.mp/1KrAcm7

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