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Running the race set before us

Blue Line on the Race Course at Rim Rock

Yesterday we were at the State Cross Country Meet at Rim Rock Farm in Lawrence. Everyone was being measured by their speed. Measured against other runners and against their personal records. I was standing at the 2 mile mark for the boys 5 kilometer race. (The challenge of mixing measurement systems is beyond the scope of this post!) The first runner in the 5A level boys race, flew passed me at the 10:10 mark, having already mastered “suicide hill”, headed for the final uphill push to the finish line.

As I walked back to the gathering point at the race conclusion, I passed through a woods with a glimpse of maples dressed in fiery fall color.

Maples at Rim Rock I

Intrigued, I turned aside and discovered this vista:

Maples at Rim Rock II

In the midst of competition with others and self, with data being analyzed in every way possible, I paused to reflect. It has become hard to resist measuring everything. After all, we can collect tons or kilograms of data and analyze it in hundreds of different ways. It is easy for information to be lost in a sea of data. In the end, what will matter is whether the information can be identified, turned into knowledge, and acted on – used by each of us and our organizations to support and execute a successful, ongoing strategy.

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