Friday, June 15, 2012

Crowdsourcing doesn't always work

This is the epic story of the spies who were sent to check out the land of Israel and instead of reporting that God was with them and they could do it, wimped out and said it was not possible. No faith, no guts, and no glory.

So many times in business the same thing happens. You get all the key people in the room and someone represents the minority opinion, but the majority must be right...right? What if crowdsourcing doesn't really work?

If you take the route that God knew what they would say and do, why would he ask Moshe to send the spies? If you take the route God only puts us to a test but does not know our choice, then why would he be angry that they chose poorly? The historical answer is because if they had not sent spies out and they failed to capture the land of Israel they could blame God for not sending spies. If they came back and said let's go and didn't succeed the spies didn't want to look bad. The two that said yes let's do it, Caleb and Yehoshua, would go on to represent great dynasties of their own. The others, lost in history.

Why does your boss do it to you when they know what the outcome should be, I mean, what the outcome they want should be? The boss has their own way of getting information and they test you all the time. Have faith in your convictions and take a stand but belief in your leader is paramount to success.

Belief in the herd thinking may not lead to success. So be careful out there and think for yourself because maybe it is you being tested.
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Parsha Shelach in the book of Bamidbar, Numbers 13:1-15:41
It is said that the Torah or Bible could be interpreted in over 70 ways. More likely these days 100's of ways. In light of this idea, I am writing some posts that bring a business sense to what we can learn on a weekly basis. Enjoy, Shabbat Shalom