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Numbers that make a difference

So, I’ve talked about numbers that are too big to fix and numbers that don’t matter.  I can now start the real discussion – numbers that make a difference.  Again, I’m interested in gyms and I’m currently working on my…

Don’t count the pencils

It just doesn’t matter.  In my last post, I talked about numbers that are too big to be helped with data.  Now, I’m going to talk about numbers that don’t really matter.  As in how much you paid for the…

Numbers that are very difficult to change

It’s hard to help someone out of a well when it’s 100 feet down. It’s also hard to help folks move forward with data when they’ve dug their own very deep well and jumped in.  As in signing a lease…

Numbers that matter

I’ve read of lot of financial statements in my life.  And I’ve explained financial data to people who hated anything to do with accounting.  And the key thing that comes out over and over again is that numbers are SIMPLER…

Numbers aren’t everything

Here’s my smart watch: It doesn’t tell me the exact minutes I slept or the steps I took.  But I work out five to six times a week.  And at my last annual physical, all my numbers were just fine. …

Are you willing to work? 

Most normal folks don’t get involved in business for the sheer love of financial statements or systems.  To stay in business, they need to get the basics down.  And I’ve seen lots of folks who didn’t like numbers get to…

Change projects vs maintain projects 

A project can mean a lot of things. But in my world of data and software, I like to distinguish between maintain project and change projects.  Change projects start with the assumption that things as they are don’t work. We can’t…

It’s not how smart you are.

Technical folks are impressed by smart.  How fast someone can code.  How quickly they can learn a new skill.   How many obscure features they’ve mastered of any given system.  I think it’s better to ask – how right?   As in…

You get what you need.

 “Do you really need this data?”  is a useless question  Because 99 times out of 100 you’ll get a yes.   Even if that data was used once three years ago to answer an audit question.  Or it helped satisfy a…

Great people are great in context. 

Tech folks love to talk about “really smart people”.   I’ve been lucky to work with a lot of smart, effective people in my career.  But I think that while raw brain power is good, being right for a given situation…