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Is that tempting technology really useful to your business?

Unless it proves useful to your business, it was a distraction. Recent posts have focussed on advice when using Data Science or Data Visualisation. Now it’s time we returned to focussing on commercial realities. One lesson, I learned as a senior customer insight leader, was not to get distracted by what one CEO called “hobbies”. By that, he meant ideas, passions or technical innovations that, whilst interesting, are not relevant.. Read More

On the Bank Holiday, here’s a variety of topics for Insight Leaders

Sitting at my desk on a Bank Holiday, before taking a break, I’ve been reflecting on a variety of topics for Insight Leaders. One of the reasons I found Customer Insight Leadership such a rewarding career and still find it fascinating to help such leaders, is the diversity. One day your focus may need to be on improving specific Analytics skills, or complex Data problems, the other it could be.. Read More

Data Science programming languages: (2) Resources for Python

As promised in our previous post, for the R programming language, this one will focus on resources for Python. Although R may have a longer heritage within the Statistics and Data Science community, Python could be described as a more complete programming language. In my conversations with clients and Data Science leaders, I’ve also heard a number praise Python as much quicker to learn. So,although both languages are proving popular.. Read More

Ethnographic research is still evolving and relevant for business

This week, following another wonderful wedding (my daughter this time), I’ve been thinking about ethnographic research. A variety of circumstances, including the wedding, have meant I’ve reflected on the continued importance of human interaction and the power of observing people. It’s easy, in our increasingly technology-focused world, to assume the future of any industry lies in increasing automation and use of AI to reduce reliance on humans. But, what separates.. Read More

Advancing on Blockchain Analytics, more investment & collaboration

Since our previous post, raising questions for Blockchain to answer, I have seen more news on Blockchain Analytics. It seems many individuals and firms are working in this space. To bring together the power of analytics (sometimes plus AI), to help both analyse blockchain data and enable new types of analytics. We raised, in that previous post, the unanswered questions on whether blockchain could help overcome current data challenges &.. 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

Which 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