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Systemic constraints, individual autonomy

I have spent the past few weeks reflecting on my life’s work – the highs and lows, the times when I have been most energized and engaged – toward identifying the purpose of my next life chapter.  What I am … Continue reading

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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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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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Connecting data to emotions with stories

Last week my team did a training with Cole Nussbaumer on how to more effectively tell stories with data (see Cole’s site at storytellingwithdata.com). The training was fantastic – not only covering many of the best practices of creating data … Continue reading

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