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The Best Book For Starting A Data-Driven Practice

Lean Analytics Rating: 9/10 Best Line #1: Analytics is a necessary counterweight to lying, the yin to the yang of hyperbole. Best Line #2: Relying on wisdom and experience, rather than rigid analysis, helps us get through our day. You don’t run A/B testing before deciding what pants to put on. Many years ago, I […]

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Good Measurement and Bad Mimicry

Theodore Roosevelt captured of fundamental truth in the human condition when he shared the following: Comparison is the thief of joy. But comparison isn’t the problem, of course. Envy is. The act of comparison is just an information-gathering exercise. Our response to that information is where the joy-stealing really happens. This effect is heightened when […]

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Go Ahead. Move The Goalposts.

There is one particular logical fallacy that children use to great effect whenever they’re in an argument. It always makes for a good laugh. To illustrate, imagine a scene on the playground: an adolescent looks up at the sky and says, “It won’t rain today.” A schoolmate says, “It will, too.” “No it won’t.” “Yes […]

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Blind Values, Empty Metrics

Nothing compares to great data. Nothing does more to help me clarify situations, develop solutions, or make changes. And when data is woven into an honest narrative, it makes for some of the most beautiful, compelling expressions of thought we can find. It reminds me of a great line from Steven Pinker in his seminal […]

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The Final Book To Read To Become A Great Manager

How important is management, as a profession, to the overall success of an enterprise? Pretty important, I think. Especially as you scale upward. This means we need to train people to specialize in this work, right? After all, we train specialists in many other walks of life. Engineers, scientists, and artists. Managers surely need the […]

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Stories We Tell Ourselves

A writer far greater than myself once said we are pattern-seeking animals. But that’s not the story I want to tell; it’s not the story you want to hear, either. The notion that we simply seek out patterns, even when they don’t exist, makes for a very unsettling reality. Before you know it, we’re questioning […]

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A Higher Form of Procrastination

Steve Jobs hated Powerpoint. I understand why. He said it was the surefire sign that someone didn’t know what they were talking about. This seems apparent when you consider the poor soul who just reads words off the screen. But it’s also apparent when the presenter fails to shift their thinking once you take the […]

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Management Should Be Messy

There are many celebrated adages in the business world. Old chestnuts like, “The customer is always right.” Or adjacent notions like “It takes money to make money.” And when it comes to the management side of business, we often find people espouse the corporate ideal: “Our most important resource is our people.”   There is […]

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Love Your Data At A Distance

I have a deep love for data. It has an incredible ability to unmask the hidden truths of reality. So many discoveries come from the observations recorded in data and shared with the world. Consider its power to advance public health, as it happened with the world’s first epidemiological analysis in 1854. Then there’s the […]

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The Best Book for Becoming Decisive

Algorithms To Live By By Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths Rating: 10/10 Best Line #1: Life is full of problems that are, quite simply, hard. And the mistakes made by people often say more about the intrinsic difficulties of the problem than about the fallibility of human brains. Best Line #2: … being aware of […]

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