I firmly believe that what happens in Vegas should stay in Vegas — which is why I will NOT be blogging about what happened at Pure Nightclub after Tuesday night’s poker tournament at TDWI Las Vegas. However I thought I’d share a point or two from my Monday keynote.

In my presentation on building your enterprise data strategy I listed organizational and cultural dysfunctions that could sabotage a data strategy. One of these is the so-called “Culture of No.” I explained that “no” is way easier than “yes.” Anyone can come up with a good reason not to do something. After all, they might be held accountable if they say yes. No is the safe answer, the acceptable answer, and fewer people second-guess it. (Not coincidentally I also talked about Passive-Aggressive Resistance.)

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