More a fan of James Gandolfini than anything else (he was a bouncer at a neighborhood bar when I was at Rutgers) I still chuckle at the discussion of alteration--Instead of altercation from the extensive list of character malapropisms during the long run of the Sopranos.
Even more amusing when thinking about my current crossroads. Tony Soprano is told he is at a precipice of an enormous crossroads--I think you can see the absurdity recognized briefly on his face.
But still. All that dancing is tiring. Although, if you are lucky perhaps you sprinkle the doubt with serendipity and lean into the discomfort.
I responded to an invitation to attend a gathering of creatives, thinkers, game-changers, and thought leaders on peace and reconciliation, curated ideas from the world we inhabit, and like-minded curiousity entrepreneurs. The weekend was spent immersed in civil conversation, poetry, nature, rich dialogue and friendship. I even managed to quiet my monkey mind and attend a meditation session or two led by Sharon Salzberg and Sylvia Boorstein.
Krista Tippett, CEO, founder On Being Studios
The weekend was titled, The On Being Gathering--Becoming Wise: A Calling for the Age. I have been a fan for a long time. Science Advances One Funeral at a Time featured a discussion about the difference between healing and curing.
There comes a time while running a business you are required to make a decision.
What do you stand for?
As a data scientist I prefer to have expansive dialogue. Examining disease state knowledge in the absence of pharma SEC filings, FDA adverse event reporting system (FAERS) data, and disease epidemiology tells a different story if we don't add insights from different databases--such as health policy and economics.
My question for the weekend at On Being Gathering? What is the way forward?
A common thread during our gathering included musings between critical mass and critical yeast--opt for being critical yeast. It takes a balance of sugar and acid for optimal growth. Let's come back bigger and ready to move forward. Cultivate insights from across industry or ideology.
Clients often have the solution before they ask the question in a meaningful way. You can repeat good data governance, process, and analysis but even if you say the right thing--it matters WHERE you say it.
Listening and understanding are not the same thing.
Seth Godin says "now that you have the ducks in a row, what are you going to do with the duck?
Maybe your duck isn't for everyone. You can offer it, here I made this. But you can't please everyone. Don't diminish your vulnerability for the easy win.
Seth Godin generously included Footprints on the Moon for attendees. Quietly, sincerely, and without fuss. I pulled it out on the airplane not sure what was inside. A few sentences and I recognized the voice. The words were a ladder back down from the precipice...
Ways we sacrifice our work to our fear...(a few from Footprints on the Moon)
I did this. A lot. The phone rings (or inbox pings) and there is a task and money associated with delivering. We tell ourselves the ideas will wait and we grab the low hanging fruit.
Fall behind on domain knowledge
I schedule reading and research EVERY DAY. You should too. Naturally there are likely better data analysts, health economists, health policy experts, and medical minds--but how about those of us willing to align our gaps and innovate from all perspectives-- in the white space around each unique problem?
Listen to people who are afraid or have small dreams
If I had a nickel for every client that breaks out into a cold-sweat before uttering--but this is how we have always done it. Same data sources, same data, same insight,