Insights: Quotes

Data Generated Insight

There’s a quote going around on LinkedIn at the moment, by the noted American management consultant, W. Edwards Deming: “Without data you’re just another person with an opinion” There’s another more recent variant on the theme, by Jim Barksdale, former CEO of Netscape: “If we have data, let’s look at the data. If all we…

Quote Daniel Boorstin Unquote

I’m currently reading this excellent book ” Seeing What Other People Don’t” by Gary Klein. The book explores how humans gain “insight” from looking at data and the world in which it sits. Therefore it has direct application to intelligence analysts, who are mostly human. (Take that any way you want…) The book is provoking…

Quote Machiavelli Unquote

Machiavelli quote – his views on introducing “new order’ into organisations. Reform will be resisted!

Quote George Bernard Shaw Unquote

Few people think more than two or three times a year a year.  I have made an international reputation for myself by thinking once or twice a week.

Quote Niels Bohr Unquote

Prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about the future

Never the Twain…

In his last post A Stack of Chewy Bacon Roger highlighted some Francis Bacon quotes that were applicable to the Intelligence game.  Here are some of my favourite Quotemeister’s (Mark Twain) offerings that you may find equally apposite: Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please. It is better to keep your…

A Stack of Chewy Bacon

I’m preparing a further complex blog piece about Francis Bacon’s cipher/code system (building on earlier posts). As part of the work I’ve been doing some more digging on Francis Bacon himself and found a series of quotes from him that are perfect for the intelligence game. If it wasn’t so corny I’d hang them up…

Quote Jonathan Swift Unquote

Falsehood flies and truth comes limping after it, so that when men come to be undeceived, it is too late; the jest is over, and the tale hath had its effect.

Quote Churchill Unquote

There are a terrible lot of lies going around the world, and the worst of it is half of them are true.

The Importance of Ignorance in Intelligence

Here’s a chewy subject. At IMSL we offer our analytical services to a range of markets. Although most of our in- house talent has been originally drawn from the military and police, we now have significant skill sets in other areas – money laundering, politics, healthcare, and a range of commercial stuff. So, how important…