Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Socrates Reloaded: In Search of Wisdom

by Frank Buytendijk - @FrankBuytendijk

We have enough intelligence, what we need is more wisdom. Perhaps a discussion on wisdom feels a bit esoteric for this forum, but I think it makes sense to understand a little bit more about wisdom, for a number of reasons:

  • It is a humbling experience to experience that with all our analytical skills, we can't really define a term such as wisdom. Obviously there are limits to our business skills...
  • Wouldn't many of us want to be seen as wise within our profession? That people turn to us for advice?
  • But most important, with all the intelligence that systems are offering, we need guidance on how to use that. The goal of data is to provide information, information is the fuel for intelligence and knowledge, and wisdom provides guardrails for intelligence.

In the first article in this series, I introduce the topic of wisdom, and point out how hard it is to even define it. This first article also miserably fails doing so, but there is a point to that.

In the second article, I explain why we failed in our analysis, we simply used the wrong toolkit. Business analytical skills don't solve all problems.

Lastly, in the third article, I show the business relevance of this whole discussion.

More wisdom, anyone?!