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Guerrilla Analytics – how to deliver analytics in the cut & thrust of business

Guerrila Analytics

Despite the plethora of good books on topics like Data Visualisation, very few cover how to deliver Guerrilla Analytics.

By that, I mean beyond the theoretical ideals of Data Science textbooks. Beyond just the coding challenges of how to use R or Python to encode a question. Books that engage with real world challenges for analysts.

So, I am delighted to share one that I have discovered that does just that. A book based on practitioner experience. One that addresses the diverse challenges to delivering effective analytics in today’s changing businesses.


Factfulness – a suitable legacy from the great communicator Hans Rosling


Readers may remember our obituary on the passing of Hans Rosling, whose book Factfulness was published posthumously.

In this post, I will review this engaging book. It is a fitting legacy for a man who dedicated so much of his life to education and relief. A  number of lessons can be taken from this work, on Data Visualisation, Biases and Communication.

It is a handy sized little hardback, measuring only 19 cm by 13 cm. Small enought to carry around while experiencing the world around you, which would be a fitting way to read this book.


Speaking of Speaking – how a book can really improve your performance


Is speaking part of your role? Ok, silly question, few roles avoid verbal communication. I mean public speaking in front of groups of people.

Those who have grown in leadership career or influence as an analyst will know that giving presentations comes with the territory. Yet few people relish the opportunity.

Apart from a few frustrated actors, most people have a degree of fear when it comes to public speaking. In my experience that is not helped by some of the advice & resources out there.


The future of AI and your working life – start planning

future of AI

The future of AI & threat to our jobs is a popular topic for news recently. But here is a positively helpful book to help you respond.

Unlike so much that is written on this topic, Tony Boobier‘s latest book focusses on a positive response. It also investigates the implications of AI at a deeper level than most analysis.

Whilst many books have been written that focus on explaining AI, or focussing on the technology, this book focuses on jobs. Tony includes extensive research and careful analysis. He takes us through most sectors, to understand opportunities & threats. (more…)

3 recommended podcasts to find your next favourite book

your next favourite book

Given the interest in our post on note taking when reading, I’ll now explore podcasts to help you find your next favourite book.

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…)

What really goes on, behind closed doors, with an executive coach?

behind closed doors

In this book review, my focus moves to the world of coaching and what goes on behind closed doors.

The title, “Behind Closed Doors: Stories from the Coaching Room“, is one that never fails to elicit a snigger from my wife. I admit it does sound a bit like a salacious expose into locker-room shenanigans.

In reality, this is a very helpful book for coaches, whatever their level of experience and whether internal or external. Within 286 pages (excluding appendices), Erik de Haan shares 15 of the highest-ranking dissertations from graduates of Ashridge’s MSc in Executive Coaching. (more…)

How to read, to remember, the benefits of note taking

Having shared so many book reviews lately, my thoughts have turned to how to read better.

I’m not talking about the basic mechanics of being able to read the English language. Nor about the common goal, of being able to “speed read“, so you can achieve reading more books in less time.

More in line with our past focus on quality, I’m thinking about reading to understand and remember. I don’t know about you, but too often I look back on a book that I’ve read and can remember little of what was in it. Is that really increasing my knowledge or insight? (more…)