Insights: Humour?

Personal Heroes

I was trying to create a post listing the personal heroes of the IMSL team, in the hope that the reflective and thoughtful nature of the personal heroes of our intellectually powerful staff would reflect positively on the nature of our team and their credibility as cogent thinkers, with aspirational goals, who modelled themselves on…

Looking after our fellow intelligence analysts

Time for a bit of levity and gentle leg pulling.  As a team of intelligence analysts at IMSL we look after each other.  We look for the following signs to start worrying about our colleagues: If an analyst describes or predicts something as”nigh”.  As in “the end of the world is”. Nothing good is ever…

Quote Umberto Eco Unquote

“I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth.” Umberto Eco, telling us analysts to stick it.

Social Media Expertise

There were these three IMSL employees – Santa Claus, The Easter Bunny and a Social Media Expert. One day after a hard day in the IMSL office they went down to a local bar. Santa Claus goes up to the bartender and asks for a margarita. The Easter Bunny goes up and asks for a…

No Such Thing as a Stupid Question – Responding to Requests for Information

Last week I blogged about my Top 10 Most Bizarre Requests for Information, only a portion of which were genuine. Below you will find the original RFIs, the level of truth attributed to them and a brief explanation. 1. This project has four phases. What is the duration of Phase 5? False – However, under…

Top 10: Most Bizarre Requests for Information

I was inspired by this amusing article I read over Christmas in The Telegraph to write about previous experiences involving Requests for Information (RFIs). RFIs are typically used to gather information during a planning phase (either operational planning (military) or project or programme planning (commercial)) and are used to inform decision making. The following are…

Intelligence Specialisms.

There’s some interesting commentary on Roger’s post below about intelligence specialisms. It does occasionally appear that you can put anything in front of ‘int’ and claim it as a specialism – and the obscurer it is, the more likely it is that you can be an expert in it. So naturally, I’ve taken this to…

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