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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

Designing analytics teams, some options and advice to consider

Many of my recent ‘coffee conversations’, with leaders, have focussed on designing analytics teams. It sounds like many of you are wrestling, with how to design & resource the team you need, for 2018 and beyond. For that reason, as the days begin to lengthen & we can start to dream of spring, we will focus on teams. Our theme for this month is designing and developing your teams. In.. Read More

The most important skills for Data Scientists in businesses

Which are the most important skills, needed by analysts or data scientists? It’s an interesting question to ponder. It is tempting to fall back on technical basics, like statistical knowledge & software or coding skills. But most graduate data scientists or experienced analysts will be screened for those at recruitment. So, if you are leading an Analytics, Data Science or Insight team, where should you invest? My mind was prompted.. Read More

How to create a culture of action

Whilst debating the relative merits of different metrics, I’ve been reminded of the importance of a culture of action within teams. That debate was sparked by my recent post, encouraging those implementing Customer Effort Score programmes to learn the lessons of what happened with NPS (i.e. don’t waste time arguing over metrics). Ironically this then prompted comments debating the relative merits of NPS, CES or CSat as metrics. But it’s always.. Read More