Monthly Archives: March 2015

If being data-driven is so good, why is it so hard?

I have long believed that fact-based decision making is better, but ironically there has been little evidence supporting that belief. The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) conducted research on this very question in the fall of 2014, and concluded that “data-driven” … Continue reading

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Sustained focus

I was reminded again this past week about how all the new ideas about how to make change and improve things don’t make much difference without practice. I get excited when I read about something new that I can use … Continue reading

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Filtering information and seeing patterns that may not be there

The difference between correlation and causation is well known among most data analyst folks, as is the risk of drawing a false conclusion about a causal connection between two variables that are correlated but not causally related. I was talking … Continue reading

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Daylight saving and single version of the truth

When I was a girl of about 9, I was stunned when I realized that the time could be changed by an act of human decision making. I had always taken what my parents, teachers, and even my older siblings … Continue reading

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Acceptance and change

It occurred to me recently that one reason we don’t learn from what we do is because of delays. A delay in the feedback loop between cause (action) and effect (result of action) makes it much more difficult to recognize … Continue reading

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