In Arthur Conan Doyle’s novel “A Study in Scarlet” Dr. Watson is amazed to discover that Sherlock Holmes doesn’t appreciate that the Earth spins around the Sun. How could a man of such insight and intelligence be so, well, stupid?
When challenged, Sherlock utters the immortal line:
“What the deuce is it to me? … You say that we go around the sun. If we went round the moon it wouldn’t make a pennyworth of difference to me or my work”
We have a finite capacity to process information, our brains are only so big, and our working memory, the bit that does the thinking, can, at best, process 7 or 8 pieces of information at any one time. My wife is impressed if I can hold down 3
It is a wise man who is able to split out what is really important to him and focus on that, rather than believing he needs every possible piece of information at his finger tips
Something to ponder as you plough through page 97 of your monthly management information “dashboard”
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