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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, to review your story

review your story

Is this the time of year when you review your story? Perhaps you expected me to say appraise your performance, or review your goals? Under traditional performance management systems, end-of-year can be full of interpreting metrics. How can you present your performance this year in the most favourable light? But I wasn’t talking about ‘spin‘, rather a different kind of review. Over recent years, my leadership coaching practice & CPD has.. Read More

Audio interviews with Customer Insight Leaders: (6) Ryan den Rooijen

Continuing our series of audio interviews with customer insight leaders, this time it was Ryan den Rooijen. Ryan leads Dyson’s Global Data Services organisation, who work on transforming the company’s analytical capabilities. From manufacturing to marketing, their work spans the breadth of Dyson. Previously, Ryan spent four and a half years at Google, where he led the development of the global sales analyst curriculum. Most of his work involves the.. Read More

Audio Interviews with Customer Insight Leaders: (5) Elsbeth Kottelenberg (UBM)

Elsbeth Kottelenberg 1

Time for another of our audio interviews with Customer Insight Leaders, this time it’s Elsbeth Kottelenberg. This is another good conversation with a leader, in a different sector again. UBM is a global events company, with Elsbeth supporting Pharma events around the world. She also differs from previous interviewees through her background in qualitative research. During this interview we discussed her career to date, some segmentation projects within UBM, the challenges of.. Read More

Audio interviews with Customer Insight Leaders: (4) Gwilym Morrison

Gwilym Morrison interview

Time for another of our audio interviews, with senior Customer Insight Leaders, this time it’s Gwilym Morrison. A great conversation with Gwilym, who leads Data Science at Royal London Group. So, a good opportunity to complement the data, BI & analytics focus of leaders interviewed already. This time we get to hear the perspective of a Data Science leader. Gwilym has both practitioner & leadership experience and shares honestly from.. Read More

Do you need a Data Science Product Manager in your team?

Product Manager

I mentioned in a debrief from the latest Data Leaders Summit, the rise of the Product Manager role within Data Science teams. This was one of a couple of themes that took me by surprise. Over recent years I’ve become used to hearing about need for more Data Engineers or Analysts to complement Data Scientists. But the focus on Product Managers & product development life-cycles was a new one on.. Read More

Data Leaders Summit Europe 2018 – Day One

Data Leaders Summit Europe 2018

As promised, I am taking a break from chairing Data Leaders Summit Europe 2018, to share with you. Once again, this year’s summit has been a really useful event. Numbers of attendees have doubled, so they must be doing something right. The advice I give the audience when I chair such events, is to identify just one thing they will do differently as a result of hearing each speaker. I.. Read More

How do you stay calm as a leader? Yoga & Mindfulness apps

yoga & mindfulness

As we share apps that leaders find useful, I’ve been reminded of the benefits of yoga & mindfulness. Both have enabled me to achieve more as an entrepreneur. Leader’s days can all too often be stressful and draining. Long working days, with poor posture (unless you benefit from a standing desk) can leave leader’s bodies suffering. This is especially true when your workload limits means you struggle to find time.. Read More