I had a boss once that whenever you would start talking about numbers her eyes would instantly gloss over. Often I would simplify the discussion, hitting main points and accepting her trust (or fear of data disguised as trust) that I would make the right decisions.
The problem was, sometimes decisions needed to be made and knowing the full context was critical. This is one of the big reasons I am a fan of data visualization. It offers a mechanism to make data approachable without needing to resort to simplification.