Thursday, December 07, 2017

When we still hang on to yesterday in our work today, we can forget about tomorrow

I had the privilege to attend a learning session with ADAX on Data Science for Executives, Towards a Data-Driven Organisation. It boils down to an introduction of analytics for the non-analysts. 

We were first asked to rate our knowledge and exposure to this subject from a 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest and I rated myself a low 1. 

But as the class went on, I don’t think I’d be more than a 1.5 at the end of it. There is just too much. 

And at the end of the day, I have a brain overload but amongst the takeaways for the day are these two important things:

Always begin with the right questions: something I always tell my classes when I am training myself and it is a good reminder to take with me all the time. 

And in relation to asking the right questions, always begin with what’s the problem statement: it’s funny we are told not to use the word “problem” anymore, but to substitute it with “challenge” and “objective”, but with the two latter words being too overused, it’s high time we call it what it is, a problem. 

And what I like and found so true is this comparison of our changing world between yesterday and today. 

Except that most of us are still using a yesterday mindset at work. 

And isn’t it sad that when we hang on to our yesterday at work today, we can forget about progressing to tomorrow. 


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