The original Thanksgiving was a 3-day harvest feast held by the founders of the Plymouth colony in 1621, which makes Thanksgiving one of the oldest holiday traditions of the Americas, started by some of the first European settlers. The Thanksgiving we experience today is very different, and Turkeys know the full brunt of Thanksgiving's wrath. Nearly 46 million turkeys will lay down their lives for our rumbling bellies, with nearly 88% of Americans eating turkey this Thanksgiving.
It is easy to drown in number soup. The key is to focus on the story numbers tell not the numbers themselves.
"Numbers are the universal language of business. We use them to attract investors for our startup ideas, to win approval for product introductions, to make the case for expanding into new markets or entering new categories. In other words, numbers, when used well, tell a compelling story. So why is it that so many of the numbers we encounter in business — from endless Excel spreadsheets to bloodless calculations in business plans — make our eyes glaze over rather than set our minds racing?"
Continue reading What Surprising Number Will Change Your Business? on the Harvard Business Review Blog. By Fast Company co-founder Bill Taylor.