How to Present Data So People Take Action

Oct 30, 2014

How many stories do you remember from your childhood? I bet you can think of at least a dozen off the top of your head. And I bet you can tell me the specifics of each of those stories. 

Now how many reports and presentations can you remember from the last year at work? You probably couldn’t tell me the specifics of even one. 

Why is it that you can remember details from stories you haven’t heard in years and years, but not information that was presented to you just weeks or months previously?

Are There Blind Spots in Your Decision-Making?

Oct 22, 2014

Being a leader means spending a lot of time making decisions.

You know how important it is to have the data you need for decision-making. However, data alone often isn't enough for a decision to be made. 

Decision-making is a complicated process. Everyone has a different method for making decisions they are confident with. Throw several people together who need to agree on one decision and the process becomes even more complicated.

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Take the Test: How Observant Are You?

Oct 8, 2014

Success in business depends on good observation skills and being aware of what’s going on around you. Changes in the economy, your industry, with you competitors or within your own company can happen quickly and you need to be agile and able to respond quickly. 

Fancy you have good observation skills? Take the test below and find out how you measure up.

How’d you do? Did you pass? If you're like most of us, probably not.

How Well Do You Know Your Business?

Sep 24, 2014

After the last time we chatted, I got a bit of a hard time from my co-workers regarding my announcement that pin cushions and needles excite me. OK, so when I say it like that, the harmless jibes may have been well deserved. Of course, if you read my last article, you’ll know I wasn’t talking about real pin cushions. I was talking about the nasty bits of bad data one can find when you start looking around. You can catch a glimpse of the previous article here.

IT Secrets: Get What You Need, When You Need It

Feb 22, 2013

Are you frustrated with IT not being responsive to your requests for data and reports? Is this stopping you from making important decisions? Is your business suffering as a result? 

There's a solution and it's called Self-Service Analysis.

I don’t know about your organization, but just about every company I talk to is struggling with reduced budgets, increased workload and higher demands.

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