Things I Learned from the Big Data Book

Things I Learned from the Big Data Book

Books
  I recently read Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think.  This very quick read gives some great insights into the how and why of using data to shape decision making.  The book is loaded with interesting and fun research that will keep you turning the pages.  There's a link at the bottom of this post to grab the book on Amazon. Correlation is more important than -- or is a higher priority than -- causation. One quote in the book is that the 1920s discovery of quantum mechanics shattered forever the dream of comprehensive and perfect measurement.  Give up on perfect and make use of the imperfect.  If we can draw conclusions from the data we've gathered in volume, then we can proceed…
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Switch by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

Switch by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

Books
I spend a LOT of time in the car.  One way I've found of converting the uselessness of sitting in a car into somewhat less useless time is to listen to audio books. The most recent read has been a book called Switch by Chip and Dan Heath. I got so much out of it I have actually gone back and begun to read it a second time and take more notes. This one introduces a lot of nifty ideas about how to initiate change in many different aspects of life, giving real-world no-nonsense examples. Good read. Stop Belittling Change Change happens all the time.  Unfortunately many people are resistant to change.  In Switch the authors present a few simple strategies to help guide people through change in a successful…
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The One Thing, by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan

The One Thing, by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan

Books, Products I Love
Worthy of Repeating I wrote in a recent post about how some of the concepts mentioned in this book, combined with lessons learned from great mentors through life, have shown me how to stop dreaming and really reach goals, one step at a time. If you haven't already ready it, I encourage you to take a look at that post also. Build Your Own Roadmap This book is really a fast, easy read, and is really down-to-earth common sense stuff.  While I was reading this book I could hardly wait to finish it and get started putting the ideas into practice.  Some of the themes in the book you've heard before.  Does "starting with the end in mind" sound familiar?  But the way it's presented in this book just makes…
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Ways To Help Employees To Act More Like Owners

Ways To Help Employees To Act More Like Owners

Books, Self-help
Recently in our organization we've been looking into ways to operate more effectively in all areas, and one of the ideas is to get each individual contributor empowered and enabled to make good decisions and act on them without needing to wait for approval any more than absolutely necessary.  To simplify this is what we're working on: Train individuals on what matters and how to make decisions toward those ends Give individuals authority to decide and act according to their training Teach individuals to understand their responsibilities Train individuals to be accountable to expected outcomes Create a culture of peer accountability We have all been reading and researching and absorbing information in pursuit of how to succeed in these goals, and along the way been able to take in some…
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Great By Choice by Jim Collins

Great By Choice by Jim Collins

Books, Self-help, Technology
Winner. Good book. Worth reading more than once. Listened to it on audiobook last year and am reading back through it again now in electronic print on my Kindle app. Couple of notes on the format: I normally choose print versus audio, because it sinks in better and is easier to reference at a later time. One exception is Jim Collins. He reads his own books and does so with enthusiasm and energy that makes the book anything but dull. Collins is a safe bet in audio. Collins goes through some down-to-earth truths about breaking through from normal to extraordinary, such as: Plan meticulously.  Plan for even worse than the worst. Repeat your daily must-dos with religious fervor Taking risks the careful way This is book is a fresh batch…
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