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Planners, Searchers and BI

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Lest we banish Planners forever, be mindful that the Easterly depiction is a weak straw man whose benefits are probably now under-appreciated. Nevertheless, the Planner/Searcher dichotomy is progressing to the business world in a big way. The Practice of Leadership blog promotes Searchers in a flattering article: Planners vs searchers...the big programme vs small wins. And no less a management authority than writer/consultant Tom Peters has opined strongly on the topic: The Right Plan is to Have No Plan. Peters sees his career portfolio of work as archtypically Searcher: “My "ideology"—my only ideology—is unabashedly rapid fire trial and error. (Bob Waterman and I labeled this "a bias for action," our first of Eight Basics that were the centerpiece of In Search of Excellence.” Indeed, the evidenced-based management movement, driven by a learning obsession with data, experiments, analytics and feedback, is the embodiment of “searching “ in the business world. 

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Comments (3)
I'd agree that a variety of skills are needed in any team - to paraphrase Eisenhower - planning is required but it is not sufficient. And similarly searching is required but it is not sufficient. Also required are good communication skills and creativity (which definitely isn't planning). I would suggest that to find a person who's good at more than 2 of these is rare and pointless - as is demading a specicific combination.
Posted by David B | Tuesday, August 04 2009 at 4:41AM ET
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