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How to create a Stakeholder Map and why you need one

Do you have a stakeholder map? Is it up-to-date and do you use it? Those questions frequently come up when I’m working with clients. In either training or coaching, the need to ‘know your stakeholders‘ is a common one. It’s not surprising that it matters. Today’s businesses are more complex than ever. Plus, it’s not enough for insight or analytics leaders to generate insights, they need to be able to.. 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

The benefits of a competency framework for your analysts

As we focus on Analytics & Data Science this month, I’ve been reminded of how a Competency Framework can help. Both work with clients, and my own experience in creating & leading analytics teams, has taught me that such a tool can help in a number of ways. In this post I’ll explain what I mean by a competency framework and the different ways it can help Analytics, Data Science or.. Read More

Is your insight career a spectacular display or in a box?

Did you have a great Bonfire Night? I hope so. Whilst working in Amsterdam (not the venue to choose when remembering Guy Fawkes), I was reminded how insight analysts & leaders can shine brightly in very different contexts. A mixture of training & facilitation was helping an events business in the Netherlands. What struck me, despite the different country & sector from my UK FS focus, was the similarity of challenges faced by their.. Read More