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Speak with data


This is what happens if you react before getting the facts and thinking things through!!!!

ImageOnce a large corporation felt that; it’s time for a shakeup and hired a new  CEO. The new boss was determined to rid the company of all slackers. On a tour of the facilities, the CEO noticed a guy leaning on a wall. The room was full of workers and he wanted to let them know that he meant business.

He walked up to the guy leaning against the wall and asked, ‘How much money do you make a week?’ A little surprised, the young man looked at him and replied, ‘I make $400 a week. Why?’ The CEO then handed the guy $1,600 in cash and screamed, ‘Here’s four weeks pay, now GET OUT and don’t come back.’

Feeling pretty good about himself, the CEO looked around the room and asked, ‘Does anyone here want to tell me what that goof-ball did here?’ From across the room came a voice, ‘Pizza delivery guy from Domino’s.’

Moral of the story:

Get facts before you act; always speak with data!!


Author: Kaizen Institute - India!

Kaizen Institute – India is part of the Global Kaizen Institute operations. Kaizen Institute was established by Sensei Masaaki Imai, the GURU of Kaizen. He wrote the 1st book 28 yrs ago and that is when it all started . We operate in 30+ countries today and have over 400+ coaches helping more then 600 organizations Learn, Apply, Sustain – Kaizen/ Operational Excellence. In India we have two physical offices – Pune & Ahmedabad and 27 coaches in all.

5 thoughts on “Speak with data

  1. Data can be had from PCs which are generally cooked. However, to have Facts on hand, one has to Go to Gemba. So, Going to Gemba becomes essential to have facts & Data. Data without facts can never be transformed into information.

  2. Yes, you said it, data without facts can never be transformed in to information. In process control practices, we put it other way,…
    1) DATA …… Always doubt it.!!
    2) Data ….. without analysis …. is useless. !
    3) Analysis… without conclusions … is useless. !
    4) Conclusions without decision …. is useless. !
    5) Decisions … without Action … is useless. !
    6) Actions … without review …. is useless. !
    Review confirms… the process is healthy.

  3. Very good advice. We all know what ASSUME means.

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