A company lawyer recently said to me, “I dream of a day when we have no records.” I thought about it and responded. I wanted to say --“You can fly if you believe Wendy.” But I held back.
I don’t know anything about doping or performance enhancing drugs. I know certain athletes have used them and it doesn’t seem fair if one uses them and another doesn’t. But this is a blog about information management not sports or even fairness in sports. Ok. Yesterday, I was reading an article about Lance Armstrong and the continuing investigation into performance enhancing drugs in the Tour de France. I think Lance is amazing—he dated a rock star—I haven’t. He won the most well-known and one of most demanding and grueling bike races in the world. I ride a bike and am lucky to beat my kids to the end of the block. Anyway, what I would say is that people will testify about the issue. They are either credible or not. Records can and will be used to defend or advance the argument against Lance. If I were Lance a few years back, seeing that performance enhancing drugs is becoming an issue going forward, I might regularly get myself tested and retain the results for if and when I need them to prove that I did nothing wrong. I wonder what his doctor would say. Remember he had cancer and presumably is tested regularly (maybe not for drugs) but maybe his doctors records would show us truth.
In the end, your ability to defend yourself is either having good human testifiers or records. For me I would rather have good documented evidentiary support as I know other bikers may feel “sour grapes” and lie. I know people have selective memory. Others of us just forget. In the end, records live on.
Vive La Records.