Thinking about Metrics

Our lust for analytics sometimes divorces us from our humanity.

We have “superpowers” that are  mysterious and challenging to quantify, and, that are at the heart of who we are as human beings.

Only with mutual respect for both the metrics and the mysteries will we thrive as a species.

This is all top of mind for me, at the moment, as I engage with the education non-profits I work with, and also with a few health projects.

In education, how do we “measure” (or even document) curiosity, engagement, passion?   These are qualities that strongly contribute to success.

For health, what are the qualities that contribute to being able to maintain a positive attitude and persist toward positive behavior change as needed?

Please feel free to offer your own thoughts and experiences.


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3 responses to “Thinking about Metrics

  1. Lori

    Thought provoking comments, Linda. I wonder what impact providing grade school kids with iPads loaded with set study materials has on classroom engagement, including on teacher engagement. Do we stifle the magic of the teaching moment’s “ahah!”– the satisfying mind meld of human intellectual sharing — ornis there magic to be found somehow on a screen at a desk in a silent populated room on a campus located in Anywhere, America?

  2. You have hit on an important point here. One I keep telling many programmers. It is also at the centre of the ‘disconnect’ between programmers and management that Robert Glass talked about in chapter 13 of his book Facts and Fallacies of Software Engineering.

    The trouble is that as soon as you measure them you have lost a true picture these faculties. I have seen this time and again but it seems we are hell bent on creating organisations that are machines where the human being is just a cog. Hence the focus on analytics and measurement.

    Good luck with changing that!

    I found Iain McGilchrist’s book The Master and His Emissary an insightful read as to what might be happening here.
    All the best

  3. I am so pleased to have discovered you and your work Linda. I stumbled upon your research 6 months or so ago and have since been far more aware of my breath while working (or on Social Media) and how to prevent the breath holding that had become almost habitual for me.
    You’ve asked valuable questions here. I think self reflection, self awareness and being in touch with one’s body are key contributors to health and our attitudes towards it.

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