Top Secret Tinseltown

So this is a city with a lot of secrets. 


I’m not talking about just the run-of-the-mill, non-disclosure agreement (NDA).


This is Top Secret Tinseltown!


And even the stuff that comes out in the news–whether it’s clandestine transfers of $1.7 billion to the Ayatollahs in Iran or the Uranium One deal with the Russians, there is plenty of dirty little games going on. 


What was hilarious is when when saw this huge industrial shredding truck in the parking lot:

Paper Shredding * Electronic Destruction * Medical Waste Disposal


And there were a line of cars waiting to get rid of their little secrets.


I kid you not when I say that on a Saturday morning, there were at least 25 cars in line to dispose of their “stuff.”


Now who do you know in what city that waits 25 cars deep in line for an industrial shredder on a Saturday morning.


And the cars are pulling up, the trunks are popping open, and boxes and boxes of paper and electronic files are being handed over. 


Gee, I hope the Russians or Chinese aren’t getting into the shredding business…and inside the truck isn’t a large shredder but a bunch of analysts waiting for you to hand it all over. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal) 

A Mountain Of Data

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So I heard this interesting perspective on information and data analytics…


Basically, it comes down to this: 

“Most organizations are data rich, but information/insight poor.”


Or put another way:

“Data is collected, but not used.”


Hence we don’t know what we don’t know and we end up making bad decisions based on poor information. 


Just imagine if we could actually make sense of all the data points, connect them, visualize them, and get good information from them.


How much better than a pile of rocks is that? 


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Modesty And Privacy Of Body and Information

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So modesty and privacy is very important in terms of propriety and security.


Both are intimately connected. 


Already as children, we learn not to show or talk about our “privates” to others. 


And as adults, we understand that there are certain things about ourselves that we don’t just talk about or divulge to others indiscriminately. 


Not being discrete with these and showing either your private parts or your personal information can get you in a load of trouble by giving others the opportunity to take undue advantage of you. 


Both open you up to be ridiculed or even raped of your person or information identity. 


That which is yours to use with others in propriety is instead disclosed for taking out from your control and for use against you. 


Security demands modesty of body and of information, and if not taken seriously, then no amount of lame covering will keep that which is private from public consumption. 😉

Poor Decision-Making Inc.

Poor Decision-Making Inc

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There is a funny Organization Chart of Indecision by Corter Consulting circulating on the Social Media. 


This graphic (above) by me can be thought of as the corollary for Poor Decision-Making.


It is headed by the Chief, Bad Decisions.


Supporting the Chief is the EVP of Strong-Arming.


Reporting to the Chief are 6 VPs of:


– Haste


– Intuition


– Incompetence


– Misinformation


– Narcissism


– Corruption


Followed by 16 Directors of:


– Get It Over With

– It’s Too Hard


– Feelings

– Myths

– I Just Don’t Know


– Ignorance

– Ineptitude


– Lack of Data

– Bad Data

– Misinterpretation


– What’s In It For Me (WIIFM)

– Legacy

– Arrogance


– Fraud

– Waste

– Abuse


Hope you enjoy this Org Chart of Poor Decision-Making and I look forward to your comments on it. 


(Source Graphic: Andy Blumenthal)

People Are Our Greatest Asset, Goodbye!

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The Chinese are smart and talented, and there is a cyberwar going on. 


They are suspected are having just stolen the personnel information of 4 million federal government workers.


And there are 4.2 million active, including 1.5 million military personnel. 


So if as they are apt to say, “people are our greatest asset”…


…then we just sort of lost the CROWN JEWELS in terms of highly personal, sensitive, and critical information on the people that handle everything from defense and diplomacy to the economy, energy, the environment, justice, and health and wellbeing. 


Oops!


This is getting scary folks. 


When the adversary through cyber (and other) espionage can know our people, our technology, our communications, virtually everything…then we got some big vulnerabilities!


If we can’t defend ourselves adequately (at least for now), I hope at least we are doing okay on the offense! 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

More Information, Please

Where Is It?
This was a funny sign in a local medical facility. 



Printed: “Labcorp is no longer in this building.”



Followed by in handwriting, “Then Where is it?”



Almost to the familiar reframe, “Well I dunno–do you? If not you–than who?”



These were plastered in multiple locations exactly like this. 



It’s funny, we think we are giving people information–the stuff they need. 



But when it comes across to the other person, perhaps all we’ve done is left them with more questions than answers. 



In an age of information technology, business analytics, big data, and artificial intelligence…we still can’t even seem to figure out the basics of managing information and communications with each other. 



Lots of products being heralded as the answer…including IBM’s Watson, but aside from answering Jeopardy questions, the jury is still out on whether this can really evolve to true AI.



If it was just a technology issue, we may already be getting close, but the bigger piece of this puzzle is people really understanding the challenges they confront, and being able identify and work with the information to solve these. 



Then maybe we would finally have the answers or at least where it is! 😉



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)