When will we see black boxes in the boardrooms?

Football clubs track their players 24/7

A friend is involved with one of the Dutch premier league football clubs. We were discussing football and what HR in organisations can learn from football. He told me that the players of football teams are continuously monitored, during training and during the matches. Not only the first team, but also the young players in the football schools. The data is captured with cameras around the field, and through the small devices the players are wearing. Examples of such devices: the Viper Pod and the OptimEye G5.

The OptimEye

The OptimEye is especially designed for goalkeepers, and it gives them (and the trainers) detailed feedback on the effectiveness of their actions, their recovery time, their jump height and more parameters. In football there is kind of total transparency and there is no way to hide. You cannot say you had a good day if the data tells otherwise (Read: “Wearable tech and football – athlete monitoring is changing pro sports). 

Black box in the operation room

Teodor Grantcharov and his team in the St. Michaels Hospital in Toronto developed a ‘black box’ to monitor operations in their hospital. The purpose: create the ability to make a detailed analysis of what happened in the operations room, especially when something went wrong. The prime use of the analysis is to learn and to avoid similar mistakes in the future. It will take a while before every operation room will have a black box. More experiment will have to be done. There will be resistance from surgeons and staff, as some are afraid the system will be used for blaming and suing, instead of learning.

Most airplanes have black boxes (in fact they are red). The black boxes have made flying safer, as airlines and manufacturers have been able to learn a lot more from disasters than before. Football players are monitored continuously. This enables the clubs to select and develop talent based on facts and thorough analysis. Now black boxes are entering hospitals, to enable surgical teams to improve their performance.

Black box in the boardroom?

When will we see the first boardrooms equipped with black boxes? Are there already experiments going on, where top business teams are monitored by wearable devices and camera’s?
I am sure experiments are going on, and I would be very interested to learn more.

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