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Data Visualisation excellence, my faves from #IIBAwards 2018

Data Visualisation excellence

This time of year we have another opportunity to celebrate excellence in data visualisation, at the IIB 2018 awards. The Information Is Beautiful (IIB) awards have been running since 2012. Originally created by Data Viz pioneer & artist David McCandless.  His excellent Information is Beautiful blog works well with sponsor Kantar Media. Together they have done a good job of highlighting some of the best data visualisers of 21st century.

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

Apps I keep using, a leader’s view on 3 standing the test of time

apps i keep using

More apps in this post, continuing our theme with a different leader’s “apps I keep using“. Whether researching cars or holiday locations, it’s always useful to hear from experienced users. Once the lure of the ‘sexy demo‘ has worn off, how well does the item live up to its promise. So, as part of our new series focussing on apps that leaders find useful, I’m pleased to welcome back guest.. Read More

How a book can help you, ask a more beautiful question, and why that matters

More beautiful question

Books can help you do many things better, including asking a more beautiful question. If that sounds intriguing, so is the benefit that guest blogger William Buist has gained from this book. It’s a pleasure to welcome William back. You may recall that he has blogged for us here before, on topics including GDPR/external change and physical environments.

When should your teams do different work? Follow this research

When

As we focus on developing your teams, I’m delighted to share why you need to focus on when? In his latest book, renowned business writer Daniel Pink, shares his extensive research on timing. In “When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing”, he makes a convincing case for us all to focus more on when to do different tasks. Despite being deeply researched, sharing evidence from a wide range of sectors,.. Read More

Great leaders learn from failure – don’t dwell on it

Having already prompted our readers to review what they achieved in 2017, let’s talk about how best to learn from failure. To tackle that emotional territory, I’m delighted to welcome back guest blogger Kevin Watson. Kevin is an experienced leadership coach & founder of My Own Coach. I know readers have found his previous posts, including one on behavioural flexibility, to be very useful & approachable. So, acting on feedback.. Read More

Reflecting on your progress in 2017, learning to set the right goals for 2018

During the first week of this New Year, there’s still time to reflect on your progress in 2017. I hope our latest posts on goal setting for 2018 (and specific goals) have been useful. It is well worth taking time, to hone the right goals for this year, including spreading delivery across quarters. But, before finalising what to set as your new goals, have you taken time to learn from.. Read More