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Going Meta

"Psychologists and educational researchers, for example, stress how metacognition — the awareness and understanding of one’s own thought processes — is integral to enhanced learning and better decisions. Rigorous “thinking about thinking” boosts cognitive capabilities, and framing business competences and aspirations in meta-context invites ingenuity around their fundamentals."
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"Here’s an example: At a professional services firm rolling out KPI dashboards, a breakthrough came when a cross-functional design group and IT considered creating a KPI dashboard to manage KPI dashboards. What literally began as joking comments about “dashboard management” turned into creative debates around designing “master dashboards.” How could disparate KPIs be effectively aggregated and synthesized across the enterprise?

That macro-perspective fundamentally altered the mission. Designing KPI dashboards for KPI dashboards transformed how the team perceived its opportunity to impact top management, as well as individual users."

#DriveInnovation #DecisionMaking #leadership #metacognition

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Having To Be Right Shakes Your Mind

"People are culturally conditioned to have to be right. The parents are right, the teacher is right, the boss is right. Who is right overrules what is right. Couples have huge quarrels about considerations that are forgotten as the struggle for who is right rages on.

Political parties have institutionalized having to be right. How often has a political party welcomed the position of the other side? Imagine if all the energy that goes into trying to prove the other side wrong were channeled into actually thinking about what was best for whatever the dispute is about. Worse, having to be right becomes a barrier to learning and understanding. It keeps you away from growing, for there is no growth without changing, correcting, and questioning yourself.

If you have to be right, you put yourself in a hedged lane, but once you experience the power of not having to be right, you will feel like you are walking across open fields, the perspective wide and your feet free to take any turn."

~ John Naisbitt - Speaker in the area of future studies and author of Megatrends.

#AnticipateChange   #DecisionMaking  

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The Best Leaders Are Constant Learners
by +Kenneth Mikkelsen  +Harold Jarche 

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"We live in a world that increasingly requires what psychologist Howard Gardner calls searchlight intelligence. That is, the ability to connect the dots between people and ideas, where others see no possible connection. An informed perspective is more important than ever in order to anticipate what comes next and succeed in emerging futures."
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"As we attempt to transition into a networked creative economy, we need leaders who promote learning and who master fast, relevant, and autonomous learning themselves. There is no other way to address the wicked problems facing us. If work is learning and learning is the work, then leadership should be all about enabling learning. In a recent Deloitte study, Global Human Capital Trends 2015, 85% of the respondents cited learning as being either important or very important. Yet, according to the study, more companies than ever report they are unprepared to address this challenge."
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"By seeking, sensing, and sharing, everyone in an organization can become part of a learning organism, listening at different frequencies, scanning the horizon, recognizing patterns and making better decisions on an informed basis."

#AnticipateChange   #DecisionMaking   #learning   #leadership  

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Notes from a keynote address by bestselling author Jim Collins

The creativity of great leaders is inspired by data-driven insights.

"Great leadership begins with the right people, and then building a culture that can deal with the shocks of the environment.  And the most important managerial skill is picking the right people and putting them in the right seats.  So what does it take to lead in these times of turmoil? Greatness generally comes not from charisma, but character, choices and consistency over the long term.  So for great leadership, the most important characteristics to have are the humility and will associated with “Level 5” Leadership ambition, in addition to a 3-way combination of:

- Fanatical discipline,
- Empirical creativity,
- Productive paranoia.

One key linkage I made is with the point about emprirical creativity. It's the handmaiden of analytics.  And it seems that great leaders' fondness for analytics means that they make confident decisions and they also ask great questions.  When I think about great leaders, it's the thoughtful curiosity and engagement in the form of the questions they ask that stand out for me.  Think about strong leaders in your organization - what makes them great?"

#Analytics   #BuildResilience   #DecisionMaking   #DriveInnovation   #Managers    #creativity   #leadership   #culture  

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How to make an organisation-wide digital transformation project a success still remains elusive for many

"Digital transformation can be viewed holistically as the confluence of SMAC (social, mobile, analytics and cloud) technologies, cutting through business processes, enabling agile & secure infrastructure, leveraging IoT & connected devises, driven by seamless integration into (and upgrading) of current IT systems and underpinned by actionable insights for sustainable differentiation across customer experience and business efficiency."
#Social #Mobile #Analytics #Cloud #InternetofThings 
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"The business efficiency theme driving digital transformation projects is all around creating differentiation for organisations through one or more of the following: helping an organisation to become more agile and responsive in its ability to identify either opportunities or to protect against threats; taking cost optimisation to the next level by further automating mundane and routine tasks that can be more efficiently handled by intelligent systems; creating better decision making powered by real-time data and insights, rather than by gut-feel and intuition; and unleashing the ability to innovate through the provision of new offerings or different business models."
#DriveInnovation #Automation #ReduceRisk #DecisionMaking 

Posted by +Daniel Durrant

Cause Analytics is here to help you navigate through Business Intelligence, understand today's challenges and tomorrow's technologies.

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Take the Guesswork Out of Talent Decisions With Big Data

Excerpts from Dave Weisbeck, Chief Strategy Officer, Visier

"Supporting and educating managers to make decisions based on data solves only part of the problem in reducing cognitive bias. The first challenge is acquiring the employee data, which often is locked in HR management systems that were never designed for analysis. This is partially because of the way that systems that store employee data have evolved into multiple silos (each function, such as compensation, learning and development, recruiting, and performance management has its own set of transactional data that typically can’t be linked with other systems)."
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"For most companies, the employee data required for this type of analysis resides not only in the HR management system, but also in many other HR systems, such as recognition, payroll, performance management, and more. Performing this analysis using a standalone, embedded analytics solution (a capability delivered within transactional business applications, such as payroll administration systems) will tell only half the story. Many of these types of solutions cannot link recognition and compensation data, for example."
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"When a new leadership position opens up, it may be tempting to begin shopping around immediately for new talent outside of the organization. But the first step is to determine who from within the organization would best fill the role: According to a study at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, external hires not only get paid more, but also receive significantly lower marks in performance reviews during their first two years on the job."
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"In-memory analytics solutions can bring all of these data silos together in one place, enabling business users to address this type of complex and critical people management issue."
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"With recent advancements in big data technologies, organizations can tap into a unified workforce data ecosystem, uncovering exciting, objective and actionable insights."

#BigData   #HumanResources   #Analytics   #Managers #DecisionMaking   #MasterData  

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Tech to encourage and support employee engagement

"From the ubiquitous, but now updated, employee survey to social media platforms and collaboration tools, technology offers businesses a way to get staff working together, discussing the firm’s mission and bonding socially, all in ways that are quantifiable and observable by management."
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"For years, the easiest way for companies to figure out how motivated their workers were was to just ask them, usually in infrequent employee surveys or once-a-year reviews. The logic behind this is still sound, but technology now allows firms to do it continuously and less obtrusively with online platforms. Instead of a long survey at the end of the year or a one-off opportunity at the yearly appraisal, staff can give feedback daily or weekly with mini-questionnaires on platforms such as TINYPulse or even just emotional responses – a simple click on a smiley, angry or sad emoticon with software such as or emooter. Real-time feedback like this can help companies to pinpoint any problems before they get serious, something that’s particularly useful when the issue is a minor one. If dirty coffee cups in the kitchen are enraging your staff to the point where it’s a distraction, that’s valuable information with an easy fix."

#Social   #TextAnalytics   #HumanResources   #Collaboration   #DecisionMaking   #Collaboration  

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Without Big Insight, Big Data Is Useless

The best companies link business actions back to data to discover and test insights, before taking next actions.  +David Pidsley It's all about experimentation and iteration -- agility!

"The report, titled “Digital Insights are the New Currency of Business,” was written by Forrester analysts Ted Schadler and Brian Hopkins. It analyzed the behaviors of dozens of industry incumbents along with hundreds of startups to determine which organizations are taking the most advantage of big data’s potential, and what their secrets are."
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"The companies successfully putting these ideas into practice typically use small cross-functional teams that combine business domain expertise, data science skills, engineering expertise, and software development know-how to find, test, and implement insights.

"They also employ repeatable processes that integrate data science, collaboration, governance, and agile implementation workflows. Finally, successful companies build digital insights architectures based on existing big data management and business intelligence work."

#Managers   #BigData #Collaboration   #DecisionMaking  

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Our postnormal times

An excellent overview of our "postnormal times" written in 2010 by Ziauddin Sardar, a London-based scholar called "Britain's own Muslim polymath" by The Independent newspaper. In these times of ours the power to #AnticipateChange  is essential, but also extremely difficult.

All that was ‘normal’ has now evaporated; we have entered postnormal times, the in between period where old orthodoxies are dying, new ones have not yet emerged, and nothing really makes sense. To have any notion of a viable future, we must grasp the significance of this period of transition which is characterized by three c’s: complexity, chaos and contradictions. These forces propel and sustain postnormal times leading to uncertainty and different types of ignorance that make decision-making problematic and increase risks to individuals, society and the planet.  / #DecisionMaking  
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Welcome to postnormal times. It’s a time when little out there can be trusted or gives us confidence. The espiritu del tiempo, the spirit of our age, is characterised by uncertainty, rapid change, realignment of power, upheaval and chaotic behaviour. We live in an in-between period where old orthodoxies are dying, new ones have yet to be born, and very few things seem to make sense.  / #TodaysChallenges   #BlackSwanEvents  
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...globalisation enhances complexity not simply by making us interdependent but also by increasing our interconnections. In a globalised world, everything is connected to everything else. / #Globalisation  
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We are more connected and interconnected than any other time in history. The entire globe is a network criss-crossed by networks of individuals, groups, communities, institutions constantly connected to each other by e-mails, e-lists, internet newsgroups, mobile phones, text, video conferencing, blogs, twitter, facebook, myspace, interactive digital television and 24-h news broadcasts. There is hardly a place in the world where we can be alone. The mobile phone in your pocket tells those who want to know exactly where you are and enables you to communicate with any one at any time (almost) anywhere. More and more, communication is becoming instant, all encompassing, and ever present. Indeed, it seems that nowadays we do not communicate to live; but live to communicate. / #Social   #Mobile  
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It is now fashionable to argue that we are going through unprecedented change. Things have\always changed but they have not changed with the accelerating pace we are witnessing nowadays. Take, for example, information technology, which doubles its power, as measured in price, performance and bandwidth capacity, every year. In 25 years, it would have multiplied by a factor of a billion as we move from transistors to more powerful technologies such as nanotechnology or molecular computing.  / #InformationTechnology   #FutureTechnologies  
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In postnormal conditions, flexibility, adaptation and sensitivity to markedly different initial conditions require that we develop our ethical acuity to increase the diversity of our response. We are not looking for one solution but many alternatives which create positive feedback and momentum for common principles. Such an approach demands new thinking, effort and participation by everyone. / #Storytelling  

Featured in Data Storytelling for Disruptors 

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Student Health Indicators

USED FOR: Data analysis and decision-making
Linking health information about individual students—such as an asthma diagnosis or a high body mass index—to academic information through data systems gives states and districts the ability to trace the effects of student health in the classroom and to identify solutions, supporters say. 

• Texas tracks student results on a comprehensive fitness test that measures factors like endurance, strength, and flexibility. This allows schools to see the effects of physical education programming, and it allows the state to track correlations between fitness and test scores.

• The Lincoln, Neb., school district collects student body-mass indexes, results on fitness tests, and academic information to identify which schools are best tackling student health issues and to target interventions to high-need areas.
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By tracking correlations between those factors and academic data, Lincoln has found that students' fitness levels have a greater effect on students' test scores than their weight, said Michelle Welch, the district's wellness facilitator.

Many thanks +Michael Josefowicz 

#DecisionMaking   #Education   #Healthcare   #USA  

#Lifelogging  ->

Posted by +Dan Durrant 

Cause Analytics is here to help you navigate through Business Intelligence, understand today's challenges and tomorrow's technologies.
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