Chester Liu

The Wisdom of Zebras and Giraffes

The Wisdom of Zebras and Giraffes

How to create a data-based decision-making culture We can learn a surprising amount from animals, as I discovered recently on my first safari trip in South Africa. Consider for example the collaborative relationship between the zebra and giraffe, and the lessons this holds for agile, fact-based decision-making. The giraffe has great height and expansive vision, but it cannot obtain sensory input from the ground. The zebra on the other hand can smell advancing predators at the ground level and see them under trees, but cannot see danger from afar. Conscious of this, the animals forage together, doubly secure in their collaborative defence effort. At the first sight or smell of danger, one will bolt, causing the other to follow. The folly of top-down By comparison, traditional corporate deci... »