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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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The Power of Entrepreneurial Empathy

The act of creating a new business venture is akin to the act of writing a novel. It feels very personal; your heart and soul are wrapped into the work. It’s all about achieving a vision. Fulfilling a certain need. Only, it’s not your need that matters. It’s theirs. The customers. The audience. The readers. […]

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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 Big Sort

The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament began last night with a couple play-in games between two 16-Seeds and two 11-Seeds. This tournament is single-elimination. The winners advance to what is referred to as the official first round. The losers do not advance. They return home. 68 teams will compete this tournament over the next few weeks. […]

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The Best Book for Competitive Strategy

The 33 Strategies of War Robert Greene Rating: 10/10 Best Line #1: Velocity creates a sense of vitality. Best Line #2: The essence of strategy is not to carry out a brilliant plan that proceeds in steps; it is to put yourself in situations where you have more options than the enemy does. I made […]

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