We love data here at Invictus Consulting. I’m talking about both Lieutenant Commander Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation AND actual statistical data. We love them both.
Data is emotionless. Data doesn’t lie. Data is able to evaluate contingencies and formulate a solid plan. Data is no-nonsense. Data isn’t prone to space diseases. (We may have crossed over to the fictional Data from Star Trek…. Let’s get back to real, statistical data.) What we love about data at Invictus Consulting is that it helps us weed through static and chaos.
Take active shooters for example. Active shooter events are truly terrifying, both for the people involved and for the public that reads about another active shooter event every few days in the news media. Active shooter events are emotional and tend to elicit outbursts, arguments, and invectives on social media. It’s hard to weed through all that noise and understand the truth. Data can help us create an action plan that is free from emotion and hysteria. Data doesn’t panic. Data can ignore the pandemonium going on around him and formulate a valid plan of action. (We may have moved back to Star Trek Data now…)
We like data because it helps us understand the truth. Data gives us information about where we are now, and it helps give us a benchmark for where we’d like to be. Whether that means data about guns, violence, shootings, bullying, workplace violence, ballistic materials, evacuation times, or any number of other security topics, data gives us objective information. But we also like Lieutenant Commander Data because he’s calm under pressure, and our hope for people in crisis is that they will have an action plan in place and be able to function calmly and effectively during an emergency. Just like Data.