By Gerry Murray. 02-01-2022
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“Never leave a number all by itself. Never believe that one number on its own can be meaningful. If you are offered one number, always ask for at least one more. Something to compare it with.” ~ Hans Rosling
Happy New Year!
May 2022 bring you many great things in your life...
My tip for getting the most out of 2022 is to embrace the saying:
"Less is more"
Have less goals, have less meetings, take on less projects and responsibilities. Instead, focus your efforts on the few things that really matter. And, if you need a useful framework to help you do this then I can recommend Brian Moran's 12 Week Year methodology.
Listen to my Leading People conversation with Brian here
Speaking about my podcast guests, just a reminder that David Robson's new book "The Expectation Effect" is out on 6th January and you can pre-order your copy online.
Listen to my Leading People conversation with David here
Finally, with us being bombarded daily with all sorts of data, it's important to keep things in perspective as much of the data we're exposed to can be misleading and a lot of it can contain apples and oranges that need a common denominator before we can compare them e.g. fruit.
This short video clip is a great example of how to get a sense of comparative data in the world, particularly if you're interested in human beings.
The new series of Leading People begins next week...
Have a super start to the New Year!
Listen to the Podcast
A man was riding on the bus and reading an article about life and death statistics. Fascinated he turns to the fellow sitting next to him and says "did you know that every time I breathe somebody dies?"
The fellow turns to him and says "have you tried mouthwash?"
I just read a statistic on the most common way a person walks when they have been drinking.
My Statistics teacher said I was just average.
I told him that’s mean...
I’m not always mean, sometimes I’m median. Really depends on my mode.
Statistically, my range of jokes is never appreciated.
There are many problems with math puns.
Calculus jokes are mostly derivative, trigonometry jokes are too graphic, algebra jokes are usually formulaic, and arithmetic jokes are pretty basic.
But the occasional statistics joke is an outlier.