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Watch Out Your HiPPOs Don't Trample Big-Data!

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Noreen Seebacher   5/1/2013 7:54:58 AM
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Terrific point Wendy: Re; How many of us were actually allowed to offer up data or analysis to our teacher(s) that was something other than the pre-programmed answer he/she was expecting (college notwithstanding)?

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WendyWillbanksWiesner   4/30/2013 1:09:12 PM
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I see two things increasing the likelihood:

1)  Proof that this kind of decision-making (=use of thoughtful, diverse, analytical input coming from various levels within a corporation) has direct impact upon profitability.  Employee-owned firms with participative decision-making styles and processes are a good source of data; in fact, the compelling case has been made that these firms are more profitable than their non-employee-owned counterparts;

2)  The transformation of education as increasingly decentralized, Khan Academy-like, with the cost savings alone making the 100+ year-old Prussian command-and-control method increasingly obsolete.  How we organizationally relate to one another is shaped so much by the school experience.

How many of us were actually allowed to offer up data or analysis to our teacher(s) that was something other than the pre-programmed answer he/she was expecting  (college notwithstanding)?

 

 

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Noreen Seebacher   4/30/2013 12:05:18 AM
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How likely is that Wendy?

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WendyWillbanksWiesner   4/29/2013 8:11:02 PM
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The HiPPO/Data Scientist relationship mirrors a power dynamic repeating itself throughout history--that of the "Warrior King" and the "Priestly Advisor".  Defending the gold at all costs, the Warrior King, on high alert, is intuiting, anticipating, predicting, expecting--and the adrenaline can easily turn into impulsiveness.  Savvy Warrior Kings look to Priestly Advisors for lay of the land, battle intelligence, fact-checking--and an ability to play devil's advocate.  If this open exchange of information, this level of active discussion and dialogue were to become SOP, imagine the impact upon decision-making.

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Noreen Seebacher   4/29/2013 5:45:54 PM
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He who has the gold sets the rules

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HiPPOs Unite!
Callmebob   4/29/2013 4:47:32 PM
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McAfee is right, HiPPOs shouldn't be put out to pasture, thrown out with the bathwater, or pushed down the Dodo evolutionary paty. They can bring a lot to the discussion, like he said, for knowing the questions to ask. However, you first have to ask the Highest Paid Person's Opinionator to keep his answers to themselves and cut their compensation in half. Good luck with that.

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