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#whatimreading Big Data by Bernard Marr

Big Data: Using SMART Big Data, Analytics and Metrics To Make Better Decisions and Improve Performance seems to be less about data and analytics and more about providing structure to strategic planning and operations management.  Marr’s “SMART” process is the crux of his text, and mirrors the measure-manage-optimize process I’ve seen elsewhere, with a slightly…

the only two jobs i’ll ever have

“You’ve only ever had two jobs,” my husband said to me one day, about a year ago, trying to comfort me. Having been promoted recently into a role about which I knew absolutely nothing, my faith in myself was wearing thin. Now my faith in my husband was starting to shake. We had, after all,…

slide:ology by Nancy Duarte

Communicate with Pictures: Slide:ology by Nancy Duarte

Communicate Clearly and Stand Out Communication is an important skill in almost every type of work. Technical reports and business proposals frequently include data to support findings or recommendations. Most people struggle to communicate visually compelling stories from data. You can stand out from the crowd if you learn to convey complex information in a meaningful…

unconscious bias

Our Brains Are Biased: Understanding Unconscious Bias

Author’s note: This article is adapted from my book, Network Beyond Bias. You may not know it, but unconscious bias affects you before your brain even knows what’s happening! Don’t believe me?  Imagine you’re driving late at night down a fairly deserted highway.  You look up into your rearview mirror and see a police cruiser…

redirection

Constructive Feedback in Four Simple Steps

Many people view giving constructive feedback as an odious task. Those who revel in it … well, who wants to work with those people? There is a happy middle: the caring and genuine coach who really wants to see others put their best foot forward. So, you know, be that guy by learning and practicing…

Positive feedback

Positive Feedback: 4 Simple Steps to Meaningful Reinforcement

Have you ever been told “good job!” after you’ve finished a task or assignment? I hope you have. I’m sure you have. You probably felt good about the comment for the moment, but did you really know what you did well? Giving positive feedback or affirmation to others in the workplace (and in our personal…

diversity champion

Diversity Champions Are Everywhere … and We Need to Be!

Author’s note: This article is adapted from my book, Network Beyond Bias. If you look at my resume or my LinkedIn profile, you will deduce that I am an experienced management professional with a background in Information Technology and the Insurance industry. On the surface, I may not seem a natural “diversity champion.” One need…

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