Assumptions: I Twat I Taw a Puddy Cat

Assumptions: I Twat I Taw a Puddy Cat

September 8, 2013

Before I ever knew I would work so close to ATMs, during the first half of the last decade, I remember a certain period when I would mutter “Asynchronous Transfer Mode” as we passed by an ATM machine. We had studied the cell/packet switching technology and I simply concluded that the machines that were just being rolled out by banks in Nigeria were using this technology thus was called by the same name: ATM for “Asynchronous Transfer Mode”. What a discovery!

 

Imagine this scenario: During a downsizing exercise, Staff A mentions to Staff B that someone asked whether Staff C’s name is on the list. Staff B in turn tells Staff D that it appears Staff C’s name is on the list for lay off. In a few hours the speculation mutates and goes viral. Eventually, Staff C, the star in this drama gets wind of it and sends a stinker to her boss to the tune of “ … I  simply cannot believe that after all I have put in for this @$#%@# company, you repay me by firing me…”. Well, it turns our Staff C’s name was actually not on the list … that is before her boss got her parting mail.

 

No matter how smart we are, if our analysis of situations is based on wrong facts, or no facts at all, the results of our analysis are more or less of no use. Have you ever been in those meetings where everyone is talking and you feel the pressure to say something so you can sound as smart as everyone else? Well, do not fall for it! It … is … a … twap! Sooner or later someone will find out you are not so smart after all. Make the effort to get the facts. And by the way, ATM does mean “Asynchronous Transfer Mode”! But that shiny box the gives you money (or takes your card) is an “Automated Teller Machine”. J

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