Smart Data for a smart president – more head, less gut
Dr. James Rodger and I published a book this month from Wiley Publishing called Smart Data, Enterprise Performance Optimization Strategy. The book is classified as an academic text book, though we wrote it for a much broader audience of government and commercial executives. Watching our nation fall apart economically, and observing that the government has systemic flaws, we wanted to offer our solutions that are based on positive instances where we made a difference advising business and government managers.
In our book, we analyze President Obama’s approach to managing his job by examining health care and the economy as instances. We demonstrate a before and after look at the situation by comparing what the President says and how we would have said it better.
The book is much more than phraseology. We consider the fact that no President in the era of information literacy has requested a government enterprise performance optimization system, a modern Presidential console of applied management science with automated decision and planning support to address a job that is exceedingly complex in scope and scale.
The nation’s needs are vastly complex and demand a long term approach supported by immediacy in tactical decision support. So, we try to explain this with a focus on the data needed to manage government and commercial enterprise, starting with the executive viewpoint.
We propose that our thinking is better than the by-the-seat-of-your-pants style management that is pervasive in government today.
Our book isn’t written for dummies; it is for smarties. Who wants to be led by dummies anyway?
Back in November 2009, we saw this story from the Washington Post.
“In his slow decision-making, Obama goes with head, not gut
By Joel Achenbach
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
President George W. Bush once boasted, "I'm not a textbook player, I'm a gut player." The new tenant of the Oval Office takes a strikingly different approach. President Obama is almost defiantly deliberative, methodical and measured, even when critics accuse him of dithering. When describing his executive style, he goes into Spock mode, saying, "You've got to make decisions based on information and not emotions." “
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Obama's handling of the Afghanistan conundrum has been a spectacle of deliberation unlike anything seen in the White House in recent memory. The strategic review began in September. Again and again, the war council convened in the Situation Room. The president mulled an array of unappealing options. Next week, finally, he will tell the American public the outcome of all this strategizing.
"He's establishing his decision-making process as being almost diametrically the opposite of the previous administration," says Lawrence Wilkerson, a retired Army colonel who served as Secretary of State Colin L. Powell's chief of staff. Wilkerson, who teaches national security decision-making at George Washington University, says the Bush-Cheney style was "cowboy-like, typical Texas, typical Wyoming, and extremely secretive."”