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Are you & your analysts planning for Deep Work in 2018?

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As you plan your approach to 2018, are you protecting time for ‘Deep Work’? If you haven’t come across that phrase, it was coined by my latest recommended book. In “Deep Work“, author Cal Newport makes a great case for the importance of better concentration. He diagnoses our current malaise. Full of distractions from our phones/tablets/computers/connected devices, we fail to focus. Cal is an associate professor of Computer Science, at.. Read More

Reflecting on your progress in 2017, learning to set the right goals for 2018

During the first week of this New Year, there’s still time to reflect on your progress in 2017. I hope our latest posts on goal setting for 2018 (and specific goals) have been useful. It is well worth taking time, to hone the right goals for this year, including spreading delivery across quarters. But, before finalising what to set as your new goals, have you taken time to learn from.. Read More

Setting specific goals, as an Insight Leader, for 2018

Happy New Year, it’s time to decide what your annual specific goals will be. For the last couple of years, I’ve shared a post recommending a system for setting goals & achieving them. However, a few conversations with insight leaders have reminded me that advice remains generic. What about which goals to set? As this blog aims to support Customer Insight Leaders, I want to also offer more specific advice… Read More

Why you should stop buying consultancy (at least by itself)

When should you use external consultancy? Are you wisely bringing in wider expertise, or wasting your money on people who won’t be around to see the consequences? Such a question plagues many analytics or insight leaders. Indeed I have spoken to many, over the years, who are frustrated by the speed with which directors turn to consultants. I’ve mentioned before the need to build the reputation of your team, to.. Read More

Will GDPR spell the end of Big Data mindset, is less now more?

GDPR spell the end of Big Data

Does GDPR spell the end of Big Data thinking? Will you stop gathering or holding onto data because “it might be useful“? With a topic as important as GDPR, it’s good to hear from more than one viewpoint. For that reason, I am delighted to welcome back regular guest blogger, Tony Boobier. This time, it sounds like Tony has been thinking about GDPR and Big Data, including a new ‘V’ for.. 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

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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