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In praise of precise thinking

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In this age of goal-driven striving, we may focus on the big picture at all costs. But sharp thinkers sweat the small stuff. To remind people to pay attention to detail, quote legendary editor Edward Connery Lathem, “The person who worries about getting the many small things right invariably gets the few big things right.”

At the same time, don’t rely too heavily on predictive models to make group decisions. Examine the unique circumstances of each situation. Heed British statistician George Box’s observation, “All models are wrong, but some are useful.”


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