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Would you benefit from Digital Minimalism to reduce your screen addiction?

Digital Minimalism

At the start of 2020, I committed to reading more non-fiction, the first book I read was Digital Minimalism” by Cal Newport.

I’ve shared a book review of Cal’s previous classic, “Deep Work“. As that post explains, that book focusses on how to be less distracted so as to produce greater quality work. In Digital Minimalism, Cal turns his attention to our personal lives.

It seems fitting to be sharing this book review at a time when our theme is Values-Based Leadership. I say that because my coaching work confirms how many leaders want to protect more time. Time for deeper thinking & stronger relationships. This book might just be that opportunity.


Why you need Rebel Ideas within your Data Science team

Rebel Ideas

Building on our continued focus on getting work delivered, what’s the role of rebel ideas?

Many miles of copy have been written on the advantages of diverse teams. But all too often this thinking is only skin deep. That is it focusses on racial, gender & sexual orientation diversity.

There can be a lot more benefit in having team members who actually think differently. What is called Cognitive Diversity. I’ve seen that in both the teams I’ve lead and at my clients’ offices. So, when regular guest blogger Harry Powell approached me with his latest book review, I was sold.


Why you need the 4 Disciplines of Execution in Analytics


When I talk with Data & Analytics leaders, a common challenge they mention is with execution. Getting work delivered & acted upon or implemented.

So much good thinking & methodology during the early stages & technical development can be wasted by final execution.

For that reason, I thought it would be helpful to share another book that I recommend. One that many others recommended to me. “The 4 Disciplines of Execution” by Chris McChesney, Sean Covey & Jim Huling.


Web Analytics an hour a day, how this book can improve your analysis

web analytics

Continuing our theme of Analytics books, here is a book focussed on web analytics.

However, the application of this practical book is much broader than just digital analysis. To explain why & to summarise the tips that have stayed with him, I am delighted to welcome back guest blogger Martin Squires.

Martin has written before on the importance of analysts and was one of our guests for our audio interview series. With his extensive experience of leading analytics teams & developing analysts it is interesting to hear his recommended book.


Recommended Data & Analytics books for leaders who keep learning

analytics books

To complement other book reviews we have published, in this post, I share a selection of data & analytics books.

These are not ones I have read & reviewed myself, but rather the best of recent book reviews I have found online. Hopefully, they are a useful addition to the review I posted of my recommended textbook, Guerrilla Analytics from Enda Ridge.

This month’s focus on data & analytics books is a response to reader requests. Despite the popularity of past recommended books on Data Visualisation, Leadership, Coaching & Productivity. Some of you have asked for a more technical focus.


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.