Data and Culture go hand in hand

data and culture go hand in hand

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

Be pragmatic, not dogmatic

be pragmatic, not dogmatic

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

Don’t Ask if you Can’t Act

Don't Ask if You Can't Do

In a recent Harvard Business Review article titled “Don’t Ask for New Ideas If You’re Not Ready to Act on Them”, Ron Ashkenas provides an example of a company wanting to do the ‘right’ thing but not having the processes or systems in place to pull it off. The example provided by Ashkenas is one … Read more Don’t Ask if you Can’t Act

Move. Move fast. Move true.

true By pittaya on flickr

This post sponsored by the Enterprise CIO Forum and HP. I just noticed a post over on the Enterprise CIO Forum by Joel Dobbs titled What CIOs (and other executives) can learn from Research In Motion’s dramatic decline. Its a good read with some good points about the downfall of what once was a great company with a bright future. A … Read more Move. Move fast. Move true.

Watch out for the Gorilla!

I’m currently reading Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman (amazon affiliate link). In one of the first few chapters, Dr. Kahneman describes the “invisible gorilla test” popularized by psychologists Daniel Simons and Christopher Chabris. The test consists of a team of 3 people dressed in black and a team of 3 people dressed in white … Read more Watch out for the Gorilla!

Data Driven…or Data Informed?

I just finished reading Eric T. Peterson’s post titled The Myth of the “Data-Driven” Business. I don’t talk or write much about ‘data’…mostly because I’ve always taken it for granted as something that was always ‘there’.   If the data I needed wasn’t available in an easy to consume format, I’ve always found a way … Read more Data Driven…or Data Informed?

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