A few thoughts on using data without dehumanizing

As we continue our look into applying data to human performance, you've probably asked yourself one (or all) of the following:

  1. “Is there proof that this works?”
  2. “How do I identify where to start?”
  3. "How do I apply the data to the human factor?”

As we address these three issues, realize that many will feel as if this process is dehumanizing. I would argue the exact opposite. People are not statistics alone; that is why the data is so critical – to define each person’s uniqueness.  That concept is supported with a four-year study conducted under strict university guidelines of the University of Chester and Westminster Theological Centre (WTC) in the United Kingdom. The personal formation study provided irrefutable results.

Benjamin Filip, a former colleague who holds a Master’s Degree in Statistical Analysis, independently validated the study results. The study illustrates an unusually high statistical improvement in human factor elements necessary for success. Those individuals who completed the Personal Formations process were able to identify their strengths and weakness, allowing them to define their roles and the cultural appropriateness of their work or profession.

Consider the following:

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As dramatic as these statistics are, they are not nearly as significant as the impact on the individual personally. Succeeding in your station of life is important, but an individual’s sense of self and personal direction is essential to contributing to a team, and being able to celebrate and embrace a peer’s knowledge, creativity, value, and success.

This shows that using data does more to enhance a person’s self-image than it “de-humanizes” them. It becomes apparent to them. It gives them an idea of their own abilities that they may not have been aware of before.

This kind of self-awareness is vital to success in any industry. It’s a matter of confidence, self-worth, and knowing oneself. Once people are given an idea of their lifetime and cultural abilities, they become comfortable in those abilities and are more inclined to succeed.

(Interested in seeing more? Get the free Personal Formation study.)