helping you master the people side of data & analytics

Poll: Which is your favourite ‘top tip’?

Thanks for all the positive feedback I’ve had on our recent series of ‘top tips’ for the different technical teams which make up the full breadth of customer insight. It’s encouraging to know that those tips did help other leaders. In fact it set me to wondering which top tip was the most helpful. So, to once again help shape future content here on CIL, see below for our latest.. Read More

3 tips for maximising the impact of your Research team

Starting with this post, I am going to share a weekly series of ‘3 top tips’ for maximising the value of each of the different technical teams within a Customer Insight department; starting with the research team. This content is intended to complement our previous focus on holistic customer insight. None of what I’m about to share is rocket science and is probably only a reminder of what you knew.. Read More

How to be intentionally Happier, a book to help

Happier

The sub-title of this book is “Can you learn to be happy?” and this question is explored through a series of short chapters summarising the most popular course at Harvard today. This might seem a strange topic for this blog, but my coaching work with customer insight leaders has taught me the power of Positive Psychology. It is also a short (168 pages) book, fun and very accessible; so a.. Read More

Event: Insurance Data & Analytics 2014

This event organised by Post Magazine was pretty well attended by Insurers and their suppliers. Although the audience was pretty quiet during Q&A sessions after each speaker, there was plenty of time for questions and a good buzz of questions & ideas during the breaks. A good mix of presentations, interviews and panel sessions as well. With apologies to those who my failing memory has overlooked, here are my recollections:.. Read More

Is research game for gamification?

It has been interesting, that after several years of excitement around the topic of “gamification”, this year more commentators have suggested that it’s “game over”. I certainly agree that this concept has moved through the Gartner hype-cycle, into the wonderfully named “trough of disillusionment”. However, that is the springboard for entering into the stages of pragmatic realism. My experience is that it is often once technologies or ideas reach this stage that.. Read More

Poll: Interim results

Firstly, the normal health warning on these being only interim results. There are not yet sufficient votes with which to draw robust conclusions (hence the metaphor of a deserted Southwark station). That said, with just over 80 votes now in, the initial results of our “What do you see?” survey of customer insight leaders is showing some interesting results. With regard to the scope of the term “customer insight” almost all voters view this as covering.. Read More