Data Porn: An addiction in the executive suite
Data porn is the addiction to data that has no redeeming value.
Some Cool Leaders show the same fascination with data that video game fanatics show for the latest role playing games. Slide after slide, graph and chart one after another. They believe if some data is good, lot’s of data is even better. They bombard the world with data. But information for information’s sake is self-indulgence and data without heart has no champion. What’s the point?
We’ve all seen it. A leader so cool that he or she freezes all activity, all energy, all momentum. People fall asleep, or daydream about a trip to Tahiti or being beamed up to the Starship Enterprise.
What’s the home test for this addiction? Ask yourself: “Do I have the smarts to know when to stop thinking and start moving?” If that question either offends you or makes no sense to you, repeat after me “ I am (your name here) and I am addicted to data porn.”