What does business have to do with dieting?
It's about challenging the status quo... Here's how I see it.
Are saturated fats or wheat the real problem?
I've recently come across two amazing articles on the latest developments in nutrition:
- The science of saturated fat: A big fat surprise about nutrition? - Nina Teicholz
- The sugar conspiracy - Ian Leslie
Both articles criticise Ancel Keys' original assertion that saturated fats cause heart disease.
- The book, Wheat Belly by Dr William Davis, also concludes that saturated fat is not bad for you: the culprit is wheat.
- In addition, other recent science has shown that excess carbohydrates cause obesity, diabetes, and other problems - not saturated fat.
These findings overturn the consensus of nutritionists over the last forty years: a consensus that was created by attacking and rubbishing opponents of the saturated fat theory, declining to fund their research, and demoting them from positions of influence. Hardly a great way to establish a scientific theory.
What Does This Tell us About Business?
What if a business practice was established over decades, not because it was necessarily a good technique, but because the consensus was that it worked OK, and we've always done it that way? What if critics of the practice were told they were wrong?
This situation might occur in customer service, where people feel that the benefits of automating orders doesn't outweigh the (apparent) pain of changing the way you interact with customers.
It's not easy to stop doing what you've always done
Sometimes, in business, it is hard to recommend a radical new way of doing things, like automation, or even just using the right tools for the job. This is either because of the inertia created by the familiar wail "but we've always done it that way", or by the "five monkeys" effect - where the practice originally caused some pain which is now absent, but people are still averse to the practice.
That's why OmPrompt has made it easier to challenge the status quo in your organisation by producing a white paper on how to prepare a business case for automation. It might just help you change the way you, or other people in your business, think...
When Ronald M Krauss decided, in 2000, to review all the evidence purporting to show that saturated fats cause heart disease, he knew that he was putting his professional career at risk. Krauss is one of the top nutrition experts in the United States, director of atherosclerosis research at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute and adjunct professor of nutritional studies at the University of San Francisco at Berkley. But challenging one of his field’s most sacrosanct beliefs – that the fats in meat, cheese and butter are bad for health – was a near-heretical act.