We were a world away from our usual haunts, our usual paths and yet completely at home in our dining tent. We were a world away from our beds yet completely rested in our sleeping bags. We were a world away from our jobs and yet completely intellectually stimulated. We were a world away from the bright lights of the big city yet dazzled by the light of stars. We were a world away from our last bath yet completely cleansed by the roaring rivers. We were a world away as we toasted returning to our own worlds.
Enter the diverse team. The more a team consists of a diversity of backgrounds, perspectives, culture, education and even professions, the more diverse the adjacent possibles the team will bring to any given problem or set of information. Data, rather than being the driver of creativity, brings opportunities for different perceptions, ideas and, most importantly, questions. The more homogeneous a team is the more efficient it might be, but it’s almost certain to be less creative, and creativity is what you desperately need when solving difficult problems.
…ty. What I mean by creativity in this context is the process of asking questions and experimenting. Creativity allows us to take the data we have, question our starting assumptions about what the data is telling us, and experiment until we make something useful out of it. The title of this article is about not being data driven, with “driven” being the key word.