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Emails and “E-motions”

Email management . . . it has been one of my greatest time management struggles throughout my career. How do I keep up? How do I get ahead? And, how do others do it? There are times where I have to start by clearing the slate. I did this yesterday…

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How Do You Procrastinate?

When I began writing this blog, the first question to my readers was, “do you procrastinate?” But I realized that question was pointless since I think everyone procrastinates. The real question is, what does procrastination look like for you? What causes you to delay, avoid, or forget about what you…

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A Different Kind of Analytics Translator

I recently had the opportunity to speak to two very different groups that are each close to my heart – the local Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) chapter, and the Des Moines Data & Analytics Meetup group. to the HR professionals I spoke on analytics and to the Analytics…

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Bridging the Gap When You Have Different Perspectives

I often work with analytics departments to help them resolve communication issues with other departments in their organization.  I typically see such challenges when analytics interacts with two other critical departments, HR and IT .  The different perspectives of these three functional units can impact their ability to communicate with…

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So, You Hired a Data Scientist – Now What?

You’ve spent a lot of time and energy finding just the right person to fill your new data scientist role. The individual has settled into the position and is proving to be a successful hire for your organization. Looking forward, what can you do to retain the individual and help…

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Iowa Grows More Than Corn, We Grow Analytics Talent!

This month I had the opportunity to attend the 4th annual Iowa State University Business Analytics Symposium on April 2nd. The conference provides an exciting experience to see the increasing use of analytics in the state of Iowa. I have attended the conference for three years, and each year I…

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Takeaways from the IIA Symposium

Last week I attended the International Institute for Analytics (IIA) Symposium in Portland, Oregon. IIA is an independent research and advisory firm that works with organizations to improve analytics performance. The semi-annual conference brings together a community of analytics practitioners and thought leaders from across the country to share new…

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Does it Matter Who the Chief Analytics Officer Reports To?

There are many options for where to have your analytics leader report.  Similar to a Chief Data Officer, it is common for a Chief Analytics Officer (CAO) to report to the CEO or the CIO (Chief Information Officer). However, many organizations have set up their analytics teams to report through…

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Analytics Leaders Reporting to the C-Suite

Organizations that are ready for a dedicated analytics team may struggle with determining the appropriate reporting level for the team within the organization.  The rise of the Chief Analytics Officer (CAO) clearly shows that some organizations want this position to report directly to the top. Using other titles, such as…

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Reasons to Create A New Analytics Organization

For over a decade, a change that has been occurring in almost every industry and organization is the creation of an analytics team. This new team may be called “Business Intelligence” or “Strategic Analytics”, and it may report to a variety of leaders.  The change is typically initiated when one…

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