Inspirations From Analytics 2012
There was one theme that spanned thru a variety of presentations – almost as if the theme was a growing entity that intended to take over the world thru subliminal messages. That theme was “Culture”. Some examples follow:
- The best leaders don’t manage people, policy and systems – they intentionally manage culture.
- The Edelman Finalist met the difficult task of demonstrating how their Analytic/Operations Research techniques improved their task, project, or company. Getting the right people to either support or utilize their technique was a key point in many of their presentations (I admit to not attending all of them). That is a statement of culture.
- The Edelman Award winner, TNT Express, demonstrated that they intentionally undertook a plan to infuse their DNA with Operations Research – to move to a new culture.
- Decision Coaches arise as a new profession – some cultures can adapt easier to this than others.
In the end, it is all about culture. Saving the organization money is good. Increasing profits is good. Growing a culture of Analytics / Operations Research is good that endures.