helping you master customer insight leadership

Do mega conferences really help your CPD, even in Vegas?

As we have focussed on knowledge management, thinking environments & personal development this month, it makes sense to consider the role of conferences. Working as a professional speaker or chair, especially for Customer Insight or Analytics related events, you will have seen a number of conferences feature in Events section of this blog. But, none of us should give up precious time to attend these, if they don’t help us.. Read More

Read a White Paper, advice for Data, Insight & Technology leaders

I’m currently in the process of writing a white paper on some recent research regarding consumer usage of multiple devices online & the resulting poor experience. Probably akin to the way, when you buy a new model of car, you suddenly notice many more of them on the road, I’ve noticed a lot of white papers being advertised recently. So, following previous posts that have recommended blogs, newsletters, podcasts &.. Read More

More people are realising Customer Insight needs Leadership

One of the regular comments made about this blog, is that we focus on leadership & coaching as well as the more technical aspects of Customer Insight. Mostly this is mentioned as a compliment. Leaders especially value a focus on their role & ideas on professional development. Following on from the positive feedback in our latest reader survey, it feels like a real privilege to be trusted in providing such.. Read More

Leader survey: Have you achieved your goals for 2016?

As December draws ever closer to the end of the year, it’s time to review our progress on goals for 2016. Here at Customer Insight Leader, we set the goal of including more guest bloggers (as requested in our annual reader survey). I’m pleased to say that we have now reached the total of 15 guest bloggers published in addition to Laughlin Consultancy. Festive thanks to our other contributors: Annette Franz.. Read More

Show your emotions, why it helps you lead better

Should you show your emotions more or less, in your leadership? I’m delighted to welcome back guest blogger Kevin Watson, to share his thoughts on this topic. My own experience is mixed. I have been in corporate settings where leaders were encouraged to ‘bring their whole self to work‘, openly sharing their emotions with each other. In that case it proved to be a recipe for hurt; for those foolhardy enough to.. Read More

Do you have coaching advice to guide your approach?

Business travel has been the theme of this week (so podcasts have been used of course). Enjoying sunny days in Cardiff, London & Edinburgh. So, I’m returning to sharing other useful online content. With our current monthly focus on leadership development, through coaching & mentoring, I’ve been searching cyber space for coaching advice worth sharing. I kept in mind common questions or objections I’ve heard; whenever I raise the topic of leadership.. Read More

6 leadership styles and why you need behavioural flexibility

As we continue our month focussed on leadership development, including coaching & mentoring, it’s great to welcome another coach as a guest blogger. Kevin Watson is director & lead coach at myown-coach.co.uk and benefits from a broad experience of coaching leaders across industries. In this post, he shares the importance of being flexible in your leadership style. My own experience, both as a customer insight leader & when coaching leaders, confirms.. Read More