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Real-Time Analytics – what a conversation starter

Following on from a great conversation last year, I was again asked to chair a table at the 2018 DataIQ “Discussion”. Instead of Customer Insight as a topic, on which I debriefed a year ago, this time the topic for my table was “Real-time Analytics”. It was encouraging to again see a good attendance from Data & Insight leaders, across many sectors. That was particularly impressive this year, as this.. Read More

How to manage virtual teams well, using 6 key leadership behaviours

Sitting in the comfortable coffee lounge, of a modern glass skyscraper in Canary Wharf, our conversation turned to virtual teams across India. Despite an enviable view across London, the challenges of my guest stretched across the world. He sighed as I raised the topics of how to get virtual teams to work together effectively. It seems his challenges are all too common. As I speak with analytics & insight leaders,.. Read More

Great leaders learn from failure – don’t dwell on it

Having already prompted our readers to review what they achieved in 2017, let’s talk about how best to learn from failure. To tackle that emotional territory, I’m delighted to welcome back guest blogger Kevin Watson. Kevin is an experienced leadership coach & founder of My Own Coach. I know readers have found his previous posts, including one on behavioural flexibility, to be very useful & approachable. So, acting on feedback.. Read More

Technology trends to consider in your insight planning for 2018

Regular readers of this blog will know that we don’t usually focus on technology trends. One of the insights this blog is sharing is the importance of the human elements of customer insight & analytics. Leadership skills, softer skills, CPD and human context all matter hugely, to customer insight generating value for organisations. However, at this time of year, with so much material being shared on technology trends & futurology,.. Read More

GDPR requires data quality, sharing survey results in the home of hampers

Amidst all the focus on GDPR, it’s easy to forget that GDPR requires data quality. Over a Fortnum & Mason’s breakfast, I had the chance to discuss this neglected aspect. So much of the social media buzz around GDPR focusses on contentious topics like when you need opt-in consent. Individuals rights to opt out of profiling, be forgotten & Privacy by Design, all these GDPR topics have had their limelight… Read More

How to go ‘all in’, with a Data Science or Analytics bet for your business

How big a bet are you making on Data Science, are you going ‘all in’? With any event as rich in content at Data Insight Leader Summit, its useful to also hear others ‘takeaways’. So, to supplement my own insights from this conference, I’m delighted to welcome new guest blogger, Hanne Sorteberg. Hanne is BI Manager for SpareBank1 Forsikring, an alliance of savings banks in Norway (together Norway’s 2nd biggest.. Read More

Stakeholder Engagement – lessons for leaders from project management

At the end of another month, there is just time for one more post on stakeholder engagement. The change of term from stakeholder management is deliberate. As we welcome back frequent guest blogger Tony Boobier. In this post, Tony shares his relevant experience from the world of project management. Which stakeholders matter? How do you find them? What is the difference between stakeholder engagement & stakeholder management? Over to Tony.. Read More