I just read a column by automotive journalist Karl Ludvigsen in which he described a meeting between a senior Volvo executive and an influential industry analyst. As the exec later told the journalist, "'It's always interesting to meet people like that in person.'" As Ludvigsen explained in his column, "It wasn't a compliment."

Analysts take their share of abuse for preaching an idea broadly while not knowing much about who is listening. In their defense, analysts often face triple duty in creating research, consulting closely with clients and then trying to communicate a lesson learned to the masses.

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