Note to Self – Don’t say “Data Driven” Anymore

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Jim Harris just wrote a nice piece titled “It’s not about being Data Driven” over on his wonderful Obsessive-Compulsive Data Quality Blog.  If you don’t have Jim’s blog on your radar, you should…he does great work over there. In this recent post, Jim writes about the difference between being ‘data-driven’ and using data to make […]

Dark Data & The Data Disconnect

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I ran across a blog the other data that used the term “dark data” when describing an organization’s data that is collected during standard business activities that never really gets used for any purpose other than its original purpose.  Dark Data is that data the gets created, collected, stored but rarely revisited for any purpose […]

Building Teams…just like making Granola?

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Ah Granola. That wonderful treat consisting of oats, nuts, honey and other assorted goodies like berries, bananas, chocolate chips, raisins etc etc. Additionally, granola can be a snack, a meal or a dessert…it truly is a force to be reckoned with. To make granola, you don’t need any special ‘tools’ or appliances. You just need […]

Tips for making good coffee (and building better teams)

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There are many ways to make coffee.   You’ve got your pre-ground coffee. You’re pre-packaged coffee. Whole Bean coffee.  Self-roasted coffee.  Instant coffee. And as many types of coffee, there are just as many ways to make coffee.  Drip. French Press. Instant. Percolator. Etc etc. For the purposes of this post, let’s look at three ways […]

Agree…and do nothing

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One of the fastest ways to build trust is to keep your word. One of the fastest ways to destroy trust and damage a relationship is to agree…and do nothing. How many times have you gone to your manager with an issue that needs to be resolved and you’re promised assistance but it never materializes? […]

There is No Holy Grail

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Regardless of what you may have heard, there is no Holy Grail. Now…we may never know if the the myth of the Holy Grail is real or not…but…looking for the “holy grail’ in your life  is a waste of time. I run across a lot of folks looking for that holy grail. They are looking […]

Listen. Or…the one where Eric washes his car at 3AM

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Back in my college days, I was quite the party animal. Well…that’s actually a bit misleading…I was a physics major…so partying was really more like sitting around with the other Physics and Chemistry majors, having a few drinks and talking about wormholes, time travel, music and just generally hanging out. I met some great people […]

Stop Chasing. Start Focusing.

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Most businesses are chasing. They’re chasing their competitors. Chasing their industries. Chasing their perceptions of their future as well as chasing their past. Many people within companies are chasing too. Their chasing the approval of their leadership team. Chasing the approval of their managers and of their peers. Some are even chasing recognition from their […]

Guest Post: The Leadership Theory Lack

This is a guest post by David Burkus, Editor of LeaderLab.org. David and LeaderLab has just released their new book titled The Portable Guide to Leading Organizations – jump over to LeaderLab.org and learn more. Airport bookstores are crowded with books on leadership, and each one seems to promote a “leadership lack.” They’ll each begin […]

Application Modernization – “Plumbing projects” or roadmap to innovation & revenue?

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This post sponsored by the Enterprise CIO Forum and HP. Application Modernization….only two words…but two words that denote a big undertaking for most organizations. I’ve touched on the subject of modernizing applications and infrastructure, in a few posts in the past (see here and here).  In my consulting efforts, I’ve run across many CIO’s and […]