Sunday, February 27, 2011

Universal Principles for the Information Manager


A few principles for the information manager to consider
  1. Correspondence
  2. Polarity
  3. Cause and Effect
Linear thinking is integral with non linear thinking and processing (correspondence).
The human makes decisions based on thoughts that produce data, which is made up of numbers, words and images.  This data, when aggregated, becomes information, which when contextualized becomes relevant information.  Information feeds the concept of knowledge, and depending on the specific management and application of knowledge, it makes us more valuable, which may be results oriented and in turn may be a measure of success. 

It has been said (flippantly IMO) we humans have a left and right brain (but of course there’s more); in fact we have a single unit brain that has a left and right hemisphere connected with some heavy duty tissue (wiring).  Science has proven that when we use our brains to make a logical decision, we visualize the outcome first.  

Equally it has been proven when we visualize a scenario; we are calculating a degree of logic associated with the imagined scenario.

Looking at a thermometer we see the measurement of temperature (polarity).  We see a series of horizontal lines that express measurement, this indicates hot and cold.  Depending on the higher and lower levels, we understand temperature.  Where does hot and cold begin and end?  For some this is questionable, the same may be expressed with sharp and dull, high and low etc.  

The poles of understanding are an expression of the choices we make according to the correspondence of the data/information/knowledge processes.

Arriving at an understanding of why things happen (cause and effect) is crucial IMO. The interconnectivity between the two previously mentioned principles is evident.  

Causes have effects and effects have causes.  The forward thinking information manager of this century is neither a left or right oriented thinker.  This person is a visual mapper, a whole brained thinker who understands there is a process approach to expressing system using the tools, methods and mindset of visual mapping.

There is indeed a greater understanding of the implications of the monetized aspect of what we may call the information economy, and I firmly believe it is prudent to entertain the three principles mentioned.

“Information becomes knowledge, and did you know; it makes you more valuable when you apply it”

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