The other day I was speaking with a leader about bringing my Rethinking Data workshop into her organization. Before I could get too far she stopped me. She said, “Brad, we don’t need your workshop. We are a heavily data-driven organization.” Then, to back up her statement, she showed me several “data-rich” presentations and reports. The presentations contained… (read more)
The Midwest is bracing for some cold weather. Forecasts around the Chicago area predict some of the coldest temperatures in Chicago’s history (at least in the history of recorded temperatures). As Chicagoans gear up for the cold, the “old timers” are rolling their eyes. They tell us that while our forecasted -55 wind chill is cold,… (read more)
Recently I started going to a new person to cut my hair. Her name is Karen Messina. As we got started, Karen asked me what number clipper blade I used on my sides. I told I used a #1, the shortest blade. Karen provided a quick bit of hair stylist wisdom. “How about if I… (read more)
There is an old saying that what you measure is what you get. The problem is that what you’ve got isn’t always what you measure. In other words, there might be things falling below the radar simply because you aren’t measuring them. There is a simple example of this in the book Jurassic Park. The island… (read more)
I recently read a quote from Jeff Bezos where he said that when anecdotal data and quantitative data don’t match, usually the quantitative is wrong. I thought that was interesting. However, it’s an issue that many of us deal with on a regular basis. It’s hard to trust cold impersonal numbers when what you see with your… (read more)
Today, I tried to print an invoice and for the first time in eight years, it didn’t print. I tried a second time but still no luck. As I attempted to print, a few subtle clues emerged. First, the print dialog box closed way too fast (compared to usual). In addition, my program generally adds… (read more)
This week’s challenge: Get to the point! (Click on the link for the full challenge) Don’t make people work to get your recommendation. Provide it and then support it.
The other day I noticed that my LinkedIn mobile app had a section that provided “Insights” about my account: Nine people have viewed me that week Nine viewers found me from someone similar to me Two viewers were from Bloomington/Normal, IL Seven viewers have the title Human Resources Specialist Six viewers are from the Professional training and… (read more)
This week’s challenge: Provide context (click on link to go to the challenge). Our brain’s don’t figure out the story from details. They understand the details based upon the story.
Living in Chicago I am fortunate to have access to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO). The CSO is one of the premier orchestras in the world. As with any organization, the CSO’s recruiting process plays a key role in helping to build a world class workforce. And, as with any organization, recruiting is a process… (read more)