conversation about maximising value from customer insight

Quick data visualisations – taking inspiration from election graphs

One of the understandable concerns raised, when I train analysts, is how they can produce quick data visualisations. After we study the design principles and options to consider, it can seem that to do a quality job takes longer than they normally have. Many analysts complain that timescales are squeezed and corporate life increasingly frenetic, as leaders just want ‘good enough’ answers and want them now. However, experienced data visualisers.. Read More

Maps, can they be more interesting than my geography lessons?

To add further diversity of voices to our Data Visualisation topic this month, a guest blog post on maps. Guest blogger Tony Boobier, joins us again, with a short piece musing on his geography lessons and the growing importance of mapping. Given I’ve just finished teaching a workshop, including options on data visualisation for geo-spatial data, it was amusing to read Tony’s thoughts. Hope you find this an entertaining distraction too… Read More

Data Visualisation Resources to keep your eye on: Blogs

This month I’ll be delivering a Data Visualisation workshop for DataIQLeaders, so I thought I’d share some data visualisation resources here too. As part of that workshop, for members of DataIQ’s exclusive leadership development club, I will also provide them with some recommended online resources for their CPD. Since Data Visualisation is also a perennially popular topic on this blog & my Twitter account, this month’s theme will be on.. Read More

Invest time in these CPD resources for your warm evenings

As the temperature becomes increasingly balmy & we enjoy lighter evenings, do you have more time to look over CPD resources? We’ve mentioned previously the importance of Continuous Professional Development (CPD), both as a leader & an insight professional (data, analytics or research). So, to complement those reflections on what breadth of content is relevant for Customer Insight leaders, this post shares a few more resources that may help. Once again,.. Read More

What topics should CPD, for Customer Insight leaders, cover?

A few different parts, of my practice, periodically remind me about Continuous Professional Development (CPD). As a leadership coach, the co-coaching events or workshops I attend, are counted towards CPD credits for my Association for Coaching membership. As an Institute of Direct & Digital Marketing member & marker, I also get annual reminders to register any personal development activities over the year. Plus, I am regularly mailed by the Institute of.. Read More

We shall miss Hans Rosling, but let’s learn from his genius

Given our focus as a blog, I didn’t want to let another week go by without acknowledging the passing of Hans Rosling. When I first heard the news, via BBC’s More of Less podcast, I was so sad to think that we’ve lost such a great communicator of statistics. Listening to this memorial podcast, which is well worth a listen, my mind went back to memories of TED talks by.. Read More

Festive Insight pickings – some seasonal content to get you in the mood

I don’t know about you, but it’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas here (with rain instead of snow). So, I thought it was time for a more light-hearted collection of festive insight content. My original motivation was to find some potential present recommendations for your insight team, as I did last year. But, to be frank, I’ve left that a bit late. So, assuming you are still sober enough.. Read More