Useful Information


Information is valuable only if it is useful. You can have a  never-ending supply of interesting, amusing, and even shocking information, but if it is not useful, it won’t help you manage better. And for information to be useful, it must meet five criteria:

  1. It must be accurate. Just how accurate information needs to be depends on the situation.
  2. It must be timely. Any manager will tell you that decisions must be made, with or without “necessary” information.
  3. It must be complete. A manager facing a decision needs information that covers all areas affecting that decision.
  4. It must be relevant. One of the most difficult aspects of information management is deciding what is relevant, deciding what isn’t, and then providing the relevant information only.
  5. It must be concise. Information must be in a form that is efficient for the decision maker to use.

My Consultancy–Asif J. Mir – Management Consultant–transforms organizations where people have the freedom to be creative, a place that brings out the best in everybody–an open, fair place where people have a sense that what they do matters. For details please visit www.asifjmir.com, and my Lectures.

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Not Right or Wrong, Cultures are Just Different


People around the world feel as strongly about their culture as we do about ours, even if they do occasionally feel ambivalence. It is pointless to argue whether a culture is “good” or “bad;” every nationality thinks its culture is the best. For every foreign peculiarity that assumes us, there is our national peculiarity that amuses others.

Cultures have their own logic. Anthropologists say cutures are different because various peoples had to deal with diverse circumstances to meet their common human needs: different climates, different climates, different resources, different terrain. Just as animal species evolved differently to adapt to different conditions, so mankind evolved diverse solutions to life’s problems. Over the years the complex array of solutions to problems (many of which disappeared long ago)  created a confusion of cultural behaviors. But there are patterns, and one can begin to understand them by considering the different past, present and future of the cultures of the world.

My Consultancy–Asif J. Mir – Management Consultant–transforms organizations where people have the freedom to be creative, a place that brings out the best in everybody–an open, fair place where people have a sense that what they do matters. For details please visit www.asifjmir.com, Lectures, Line of Sight