Continuing our theme of leaders’ lessons learnt from experience, lets turn to having a team mission.
In this post our regular guest blogger, Tony Boobier, shares one of his most important lessons learnt. This complements our previous posts on personal goal setting and which goals might be suitable for insight leaders.
Here, Tony turns his attention to the team as a whole. How can a mission be created that is central to everyone’s thinking? How can a leader manage that mission, with effective prioritisation & communication? (more…)
It was enjoyable to interview Jason, a man who has clearly found a role that matters to him and society. Like many other leaders he sort of fell into this line of work, but there are some interesting lessons from his career journey. His role, as Head of Resource Planning at the Ombudsman Services, also useful extends our interviews into other analytics leadership roles in other types of organisation.
In this interview we discuss his current role and career path, including lessons learnt in the hotel trade. He has a great anecdote involving the then Home Secretary and a fight in the kitchen. Jason also explains the importance of developing resilience as a leader and how different roles have helped him develop. (more…)
Having given plenty of airtime to the benefit of books & podcasts, I’d like to turn to tips from experience. These are lessons learnt by leaders from practical on-the-job experience. Often involving getting it wrong. In this post, I’ll share my advice on protecting your less appreciated technical stars.
Let me explain what I mean by a couple of those terms. By ‘less appreciated‘, I mean team members who may not be respected outside of your team. Those who might suffer during an annual performance management cycle. (more…)
Here’s another of our audio interviews, with senior Customer Insight Leaders, this time it’s Martin Squires.
It was great to interview Martin, who is always witty as well as a very experienced analytics leader. After over a decade leading analytics for Walgreen Boots, he is now Director of Data, Insight & Analytics for HomeServe.
In this interview we discuss career paths, recruitment of analysts, the skills needed by analytics leaders and where they should focus (plus chickens, cricket & football along the way)! I’m sure you’ll find this interview a useful reminder of reality, behind all the hype about these roles. (more…)
Many thanks to all off you, who participated in our latest poll. Here are the initial results on which book helped you develop as a leader.
It has been fascinating (and a little sobering) to see so many visitor recommended books. Only 3 of the books I’ve previously reviewed for this blog, received any votes. In the shortlist below, those are “Leadership Pipeline“, “The Leaders Guide to Storytelling” and “7 Habits of Highly Effective Leaders“.
The good news is this has opened my eyes to more great books. Woo hoo! If you voted for one of those, I’d love to receive a book review from you. Either way, they are being added to my reading list, so thanks for sharing your recommendation. (more…)
During reviewing “7 Habits of highly effective people”, I recommended not overlooking classics. Leadership books that have stood the test of time.
That advice still stands, but should not preclude also keeping a weather eye on new writers or books. To help you address contemporary issues, or just feel like the author is speaking to your situation, new books can help. Not least when reflecting on the latest technological or organisational challenges. (more…)