Posts Tagged ‘percentages’

Honest precision and communicating with clarity

Friday, June 1st, 2012

When a person is selling a product or an idea, it is natural to present a positive bias that reflects well on their perspective. While the best scientists, teachers, and judges may epitomize some of the exceptions to this statement, there are still enough counter-examples that we must be wary of the natural bias of our human nature. We all need to remember that rose-colored glasses are built into human reasoning and communications.

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Communicating objectively with measurements

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

It is no secret that objective and quantified measures are a critical aspect of communicating clearly. However, many communications use numbers inappropriately and lose credibility through exaggeration, false precision, inappropriate units, or other forms of deceptive misusage. In How to Measure Anything: Finding the Intangibles in Business, Douglas Hubbard defines a measurement as follows: (more…)