A few weeks ago, I spent an afternoon talking to the CEO of a mid-sized services company. He’s interested in ‘big data’ and is interviewing consultants / companies to help his organization ‘take advantage of their data’. In preparation for this meeting, I had spent the previous weeks talking to various managers throughout the company … Read more Data and Culture go hand in hand
I’m currently reading Scott Brinker’s book Hacking Marketing: Agile Practices to Make Marketing Smarter, Faster, and More Innovative (awesome book – look for a much more complete review here soon) and came across a line in Chapter 7 that says “Be pragmatic, not dogmatic.” This really spoke to me. One of the things I dislike about … Read more Be pragmatic, not dogmatic
I hate to be the bearer of bad news….but your data project is going to fail. Maybe not the one you’re working on today. Maybe not the one you’re starting next month. Heck, maybe not the one you don’t even know about yet…but at some point in the future – if you stay in the data world … Read more Your data project is going to fail
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 … Read more Can you really win if you aren’t the best?
Jeffrey Philips currently wrote a nice piece titled “Innovate your processes before innovating your products” over on his excellent Innovate on Purpose blog. In that article, Jeffrey argues that before a company can innovate its products/services, it must innovate its processes if it hopes to build a sustainable edge via innovation over its competition. When … Read more Innovation needs process change
I just finished reading a great article titled “The Most Important Question You Can Ask: Then What?” In the article, the author writes: The great art of life is in balancing the short term and the long term, so that one can have enjoyment with integrity – pleasure with purpose. But in most areas of … Read more …and then what?