Murphy Choy

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The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.

In Uncategorized on November 7, 2011 at 3:21 pm

While being a college kid, I have the privilege of studying Philosophy under two great teachers who taught us the fundamentals of the field. It was a refreshing experience which has no direct influence on my future career but my future choice of wife. It was interesting in the sense that the title is a quote by Nietzsche who is considered some of the most oddball character of all time. Why the above statement?

A few days ago, I have the opportunity of interviewing a candidate who is trying to enter a Masters program. She was lamenting about the problems that she faced at work especially dealing with Business Analytics. I find the conversation interesting and thus I am blogging about it. She is from the Marketing Analytics department of a reputable company and the most frustrating issue she faced is the huge amount of abuse of business analytics to support all the the hypothesis which the bosses want. Very often, the data is tortured and contorted to fit the beliefs of the senior management team and not the reality.

Personally, I find it extremely amusing that companies who are talking about using analytics to improve their business are just digging their own graves. They are ignoring the reality and warping their world to what they believe. This is reinforced by the problem of organizational hierarchy which the superior has a lot of power over the subordinates. If someone believes in something else, they are asked to leave even if the belief is the reality. This promotes herd mentality which has led to catastrophic disaster for our economies.

At the end of the interview, Nietzsche’s statement came into my mind and I hope people will learn to accommodate analytics into their organization.