Nate Silver: Statistics Superhero

November 12th, 2012

Regardless of your politics, the guy is pretty impressive.

There’s been a lot written lately about Nate Silver, aka King of the Geeks, aka Math Celebrity, aka Emperor of Poll Palace:

Yet I couldn’t help but be attracted to an article by Brad Smith, President & Chief Executive Officer of Intuit, entitled, “What Nate Silver Can Teach Us About Leadership.”

Now, if you guessed that what Smith wrote, given that he is an accounting software company CEO, is the importance of correctly interpreting and leveraging data, you’d be right. But not exactly.

Smith, it seems, is a proponent of “an experiment driven culture, where it is not the opinion of the highest paid person in the room that drives key decisions, but the data derived from experiments.”

He goes on to explain that a key to leadership in such an environment is to “replace politics, PowerPoint and persuasion with data-driven insight.”

I’m no math whiz, but I’ll vote for that.

P.S. One correction:  The Hollywood Reporter allegedly said Nate Silver had “made statistics sexy again.” Again?


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