Objective Reality

I feel like I am living in an alternate universe. Every statistic shows the number of hospitalizations and confirmed cases rising, yet about half the people I speak to and about half the news I read says the opposite.

There is a simple truth about team building: to build a team, you need a common goal. If we can’t agree on the numbers, we either need better numbers or we need to understand why half of us see them differently than the other half.

Ordinarily, this would not be news. People make numbers “say” what they want them to say all the time. It’s so common that there’s usually no reason to bring it up. In this case, though, the lack of agreement on objective reality will not only be economically devastating — it has objectively measurable deadly consequences.

I am not looking to fix the blame. I’m interested in fixing the problem. Your thoughts are welcome.


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Author’s note: This is not a sponsored post. I am the author of this article and it expresses my own opinions. I am not, nor is my company, receiving compensation for it.

About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, co-founder of Metacademy, and the CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and CNBC and writes a popular daily business blog. He’s the Co-Host of the award-winning podcast Techstream with Shelly Palmer & Seth Everett and his latest book, Blockchain - Cryptocurrency, NFTs & Smart Contracts: An executive guide to the world of decentralized finance, is an Amazon #1 Bestseller. Follow @shellypalmer or visit shellypalmer.com.


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