There is never a lack of listicles published to help you decide to stay an employee or branch out on your own into the wild and woolly world of entrepreneurship. I was sort of pushed. Small companies are at risk of insolvency from external pressures and internal--sometimes both.
You can be brave out on your own but sometimes its easier with an established cast of characters. We know the gossip, the BS artist, the person that will always deliver during crunch time, the data person--what do you do if they are all you? Finger pointing and hushed laughter lose the luster when you have no one but yourself to blame. I was recently asked to write something described as "traditional". What does that even mean? I think it was supposed to be a pitch--Our Product is Great--Everyone Else Stinks--Our Product is the Best. I have many tools I rely on and couldn't imagine working without but lets face it, there is always room for improvement.
What drives your curiosity when you read about R&D driving up healthcare costs? How is R&D being defined? How much research are we talking about or is it primarily mergers & acquisitions and patent protection? How much of our tax dollars have funded the "Innovation" being heralded as the cost of doing business in our new global economy?
It reminds me of the news headline on the evening news (remember the evening news?)
You Won't Believe What Household Item Will Kill You in About 10 Minutes.--News at 11.
I remember when the news was for all of us. Not just those of us paying for premium access. Don't worry. It makes me want to work harder. To ask more questions and question more answers.
I go where my curiosity leads me. Beth Macy wrote a fabulous book about the opioid crisis, Dopesick. Dealers, Doctors, and The Drug Company That Addicted America.
Not because it was in the news media but because she noticed something not being discussed when she was writing about the furniture industry--what was happening to communities in the wake of offshoring.
I always feel a little preachy when finishing a workshop presentation. The audience always seems surprised regarding the cost of limited data literacy. Once upon a time it became okay to roll our eyes around mathy topics. That time is gone.
When we can't go right to the source and decipher the statistical modeling or data sources we are at the whim and fancy of people that own the knowledge. I don't remember who said it but it went something like this: Discovery isn't followed by someone yelling EUREKA! It is usually the quieter, hmmmm...Isn't that interesting?
Those with the knowledge control how much of the truth valve to open.
What if it is only a small dribble?