helping you master customer insight leadership

How you judge your progress and resources for your 2019 ambitions

Thanks to all those readers who participated in our latest poll, of your progress last year. Initial results are in, so let me share them with you all. It has been fascinating to review your answers, especially compared to the results from last year. It seems there have been some changes. The questions asked in this survey were selected to shed light on actual practice compared to advice shared on.. Read More

On Setting Goals & the signposts that make good progress happen

signposts

To finish off our series of guest posts on setting goals, here are some useful signposts from William Buist. William has joined us before as a guest blogger, to share on topics as diverse as GDPR, office environments & questioning. In this post, he draws on his personal experience, as well as what he has learnt as a business mentor. William encourages us to look beyond our goals to our.. Read More

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,.. Read More

Business lessons, from GDPR, as just another external change

business lessons

With so much focus on the detail of GDPR, let’s take some time to look at the business lessons from this external change. Whatever the size of your business, the world around you changes & you need to be able to adapt. Regulation is just one of those key drivers of external change. So, to help us reflect on the business lessons from preparing for GDPR, I’m delighted to welcome.. Read More

Technology trends to consider in your insight planning for 2018

Regular readers of this blog will know that we don’t usually focus on technology trends. One of the insights this blog is sharing is the importance of the human elements of customer insight & analytics. Leadership skills, softer skills, CPD and human context all matter hugely, to customer insight generating value for organisations. However, at this time of year, with so much material being shared on technology trends & futurology,.. Read More

Why you should stop buying consultancy (at least by itself)

When should you use external consultancy? Are you wisely bringing in wider expertise, or wasting your money on people who won’t be around to see the consequences? Such a question plagues many analytics or insight leaders. Indeed I have spoken to many, over the years, who are frustrated by the speed with which directors turn to consultants. I’ve mentioned before the need to build the reputation of your team, to.. Read More

Your biggest achievements just might come from self-awareness

Continuing our focus on your thinking environments & personal development, let’s turn to the topic of self-awareness. Not just in my own coaching & mentoring work, but also in my own experience of practicing mindfulness, time and again I have seen the power of improved self-awareness. Yet, especially without a coach or mentor to work with, many leaders struggle to know where to start. Too much of our working lives.. Read More