You can know a person by the kind of desk he keeps. If the president of a company has a clean desk then it must be the executive vice president who is doing all the work.
Facts from paper are not the same as facts from people. The reliability of the people giving you the facts is as important as the facts themselves.
Performance stands out like a ton of diamonds. Nonperformance can always be explained away.
The highest art of professional management requires the literal ability to 'smell' a 'real fact' from all others.
In a good meeting there is a momentum that comes from the spontaneous exchange of fresh ideas and produces extraordinary results. That momentum depends on the freedom permitted the participants.