A new story?

Often organizations are different from each other not only because their business type differs but also because they tend to follow different paths in their development and in the way people are recruited, integrated, and motivated.

The so-called human resources departments are often responsible for the dynamism of development skills impressed in an organization and not always what seems to me to be a good way, that is, seeking to create interdisciplinary teams, is achieved.

The strength of old traditions continue to cause an excess of traditionally analytical profiles.

The non-existence of this excess presupposes of course the demand of people directed to creativity while this in most organizations can not be a concern yet. There is of course a way to go that sometimes goes by the disruption and other times by evolution.

“It’s like nature; nature builds these things – leaves, flowers, trees, cows – that are a surprising result based on a sort of known goal, depending on your religious or spiritual tendencies. There’s both intention and surprise. The leaf is trying to capture as much sunlight as possible but it’s evolved in a way that would have been unpredictable. Yet that’s the perfect leaf.

I find that creatively energising. Even when we use relatively sophisticated technology there’s no inevitable outcome. The outcomes in themselves can still be surprising. I love that. It’s creatively exciting.” – Tim Brown

And it is indeed creatively exciting to start thinking at what they do and will do business with the so-called “Big Data”. We can have access to a lot of data but this extraordinary data only have some value when we are able to assign some sense.

So, at that time, yes, the greatest concern may begin to arise when we want to find people to make sense of this famous data volley and we didn’t find “scientists” available, and instead, we guess a mess of profiles available for the filling of these eventually places.

So who should be the new data readers?

“We need an inclusion in this dialogue from artists, from poets, from writers — from people who can bring a human element into this discussion. Because I believe that this world of data is going to be transformative to us.”We need an inclusion in this dialogue, artists, poets, writers — people who can bring a human element to this discussion. Because I believe that this world will be data transformer for us. – Bringing the human elements to the data, I think we can get them to tremendous places. “- Jer Thorp

If we are not seeking this inclusion we risk witnessing the return of “super specialists”, or people who are in our organization to solve problems relating to their discipline but are unable to collaborate to solve the problems of other disciplines.

Today the internet allows us to exit this shell eventually of insensitive specialist. Today we can connect to people from other areas of work, different from ours, and do a mixture of opinions, preferences, ideas or stories to make sense of the data that will coming structured or unstructured.

Different specialties will bring various proposals about the data.

Today it is possible to treat the data with creativity, as if they were a stream of water that wraps on the walls of our research or boiler our project.

As the current of a river organizations are dynamic and above all are sustained in interactions and don’t live depending on the action of a genius of interpretation of the data. They develop the knowledge through diverse and energetic interactions, i.e. through creativity.

“Creativity is driven by Social dynamics.

Creativity is the result of a set of relationships with a strong social dimension and emotional. It is a collaborative environment (and this is where HR can play a significant role), hence the change of focus towards the organizational culture and transformation in design organizations.” – Fabricant

It seems to me to be the focus on organizational culture the big bet that organizations should do, rearranging the human resources services if they are to be facilitators of cooperation and liberation of existing potential, in this case, for a richer reading and understanding data torrent.

Creativity is not innate, can be learned and facilitated by favorable environments and appropriate recognition. It is often a matter of patience!

The heads of human resources should seek to be conductors and build an orchestra to the size of the enterprise, where each employee (musician) with the potential to carry out an action worthy of applause.

As a good Orchestra needs a room with good acoustics an organization needs a liberator of the human potential to produce good results.

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4 Responses to We need creative people to facilitate the understanding of data

  1. Alan says:

    Ilike the post, the views and the thoughts and I really like the final message. Well done and greetings.

    Alan McShane.

  2. You bring up a lot of great points here. I do a lot of work with web stats at my day job, and I know I haven’t been keeping an intuitive enough eye on the numbers to extract meaning and direction from them. Thanks for the reminder!

    • Jose Baldaia says:

      Hello Michael!

      Thank you for your comments!

      I like to think that we need to imagine new ways to read data.


  3. Peter Durand says:

    Right on, Jose.

    Fabricant and Thorp are two superbrains! In my limited experience over 15 years as a visual facilitator, artist and storyteller, I see more and more that learning only occurs when people are intellectually & emotionally stimulated. The only way, really, to reach people emotionally is through good stories and images that are both beautiful & meaningful. Data vs. Story is (in my opinion) a false choice, like saying that food cannot be both nutritious AND delicious!

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