Stop Using Pre-Scripted Questions in an Interview

Over my career, I’ve hired over 50 direct reports and been involved in the hiring process for over 150 other people.  For the most part, all of these hires ended up being good people and great employees. Sure, there were a couple bad hires in there but I’d like to think my track record is … Read more Stop Using Pre-Scripted Questions in an Interview

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

Building a Data Culture

Many companies want to ‘do’ big data today. They’re spending money on systems, software, consulting, training and other services to be able to capture, process, analyze and use data. Those are all things that need to be done to be up their data science capabilities and skills. Companies need the right platforms, the right systems, … Read more Building a Data Culture

Important Skills for the Data Scientist

What are the important skills for a data scientist? Most people would say the most important skills are data related. These skills are important. Extremely important. Without the interest or ability to analyze data, it would be hard to be a data scientist. Many would argue technology skills are important. Data scientists need to be … Read more Important Skills for the Data Scientist

The People Challenge for the Midsize Organization

There are many challenges facing the IT function within the midsize organization. Actually, there are many challenges facing the IT function within all organizations but there’s a particular challenge facing the smaller organizations. The ultimate challenge for small and midsize organizations is finding the right mix of people and technologies for the things the organization … Read more The People Challenge for the Midsize Organization