Can you really win if you aren’t the best?

Can you really win if you aren’t the best?

People often say that if you work hard and apply yourself, you’ll succeed. But lets be realistic….that isn’t always true, especially because everybody has a different definition of ‘succeed.’   Sure, you can work hard and apply yourself and become better than you were, but it doesn’t mean you’ll become the ‘best’ at something.  That’s […]

Perfect Takes Work

Alan McFadyen's "Perfect" Kingfisher shot

Every so often I run across a story that leaves me in awe. A story out of Scotland about a photography who has spent years trying to make the ‘perfect’ picture is one of those stories. In “A Perfect Photo of a Kingfisher, 720K Pictures in the Making“, the story of Alan McFadyen’s attempt to […]

To have a great analytics culture, you need a great communications culture

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When you read about big data and/or data analytics projects and systems, it is rare that you also read bout communicating the outcome of those projects. Without the ability to communicate the results of any analysis to the broader business, most big data / analytics projects are doomed to mediocrity…or even failure. The quantitative mind […]

Best practices aren’t enough

Trading Psychology 2.0: From Best Practices to Best Processes

I’m currently reading Brett Steenbarger’s “Trading Psychology 2.0: From Best Practices to Best Processes.” I’m a fan of Dr. Steenbarger’s work and bought his new book as soon as it was released. While this book is targeted at traders and investors, there’s a great deal of knowledge that can be gleaned from it that can be […]

The Dichotomy of Data Access and Data Privacy

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In order to use data within your business, you must first collect that data. Seems simple enough right?  You capture some data, store it somewhere and the use that data at a later time in your analysis. What about data privacy concerns? Where are you collecting your data? How are you protecting that data?  Are […]

More isn’t always better

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More is always better right? More feedback from clients can help you improve your service.  More money can help you build better products and teams. More data can help you make better decisions.  More resolution can make your photos better. More is always better isn’t it? Well. No. More isn’t always better. Seth Godin recently said […]

Normalcy Bias and You

Normalcy Bias

If you aren’t familiar with the term “normalcy bias”, here’s a quick definition: Normalcy bias is…the phenomenon of disbelieving one’s situation when faced with grave and imminent danger and/or catastrophe. As in overfocusing on the actual phenomenon instead of taking evasive action, a state of paralysis. Another way to think about normalcy bias is the […]

The most critical skill?

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I’m an avid reader. I tend to read a few books at a time (I read one depending on my ‘mood’ at the time). The other day, I was scrolling through the various sections in Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited program and somehow ended up in the ‘self-help’ section.   Now, I’m not a fan of self-help books because they […]

Making Theory Meet Practice

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This won’t surprise many people (at least I hope it doesn’t)…there is a huge difference between “theory” and “practice”. I’m an academic AND and practitioner. I have a Doctorate in Information Systems and have worked in aspects of IT / IS for almost 20 years now.  Theory is great at preparing people for doing things in […]

Always Learning. Or: my attempt to improve my (horrid) programming habits

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I’m the worlds worst developer. Really. I am. I don’t follow best practices and my coding style is the oft-chided “brute force” method. I owe (blame?) my coding style on the fact that the first language I learned was FORTRAN 77 and then quickly I picked up C.  Then…I spent 3 years teaching FORTRAN 77 […]