Ten years, and the 944,357 words, are proof that I love purposeful data, collecting it, pouring smart strategies into analyzing it, and using the insights identified to transform organizations.
In the quest for that last important bit, I am insanely obsessive about 1. simplification and 2. pressing the right emotional buttons.
The reasons are that we all like complexity, it gives us energy :), we tend to be logical, and we often treat data output as the end when in reality the data output is just the start of the process that results in actions that deliver business impact.
Very often the output of our work with Big Data or Small Data, Google Analytics or R, will end up in a few cells of a spreadsheet or a table in Word/Keynote/PowerPoint.The stakes for this output are higher when we are in front of the Senior Leadership of any company, we have but a few minutes to communicate what we have to.
Hence my two obsessions above.
In this post, with lots of pictures and real-world data examples, I want to share 6 different strategies you can leverage in service of simplification and pressing the right emotional buttons.
Along our journey, I’ve also sprinkled in 15 universal truths that will bring you joy.
Here are the sections in this post:
An important assumption.
Death at the last-mile.
1. Rebel against crapification via cluttering.
2. Don’t fragment data, don’t forget higher order bits.
3. Obsess with deleting information provided.
4. Don’t run away, make the tough choices.
5. So what? So What?? So WHAT!
6. Shift your worldview to your client’s.
But Wait, There’s More!
I’ve written a couple other posts in this same spirit, with 17 additional tips.
I’ll link to those posts and an article in Forbes in the last section.