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The Who are We messages

Who am I? isn’t just an existential question for a mid-life crisis. Self identity is critical for organizations. It guides actions and decisions in times of change and crisis. Without a strong self-identity businesses can flounder and fail. The history of business is riddled with companies that lost their way. Think of Apple before Steve Jobs came back. Xerox, which has struggled to reinvent itself as something other than the copier company, and Sears, once an iconic brand that has struggled to remain relevant today. That failure happens in face of changing markets and the struggle to shift from one identity to another. Kodak could not shift its core internal identity from a maker of camera film to digital technology company. Despite inventing the digital camera in 1975, it was not part of the company’s identity. According to Steve Sasson,

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The State of DATA Storytelling-01

I had the pleasure of attending the tapestry conference last week, organized by tableau. It's the second year of an invite only conference of people who are geeky* about the intersection of data and visualization. This includes journalists, professors, designers and practitioners.

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What type of presenter are you?
unBORING presentations

There is a short supply of that interest in the world. The sit up and pay attention kind that's an essential ingredient of every successful presentation. How can you take the dry material of your presentation ...

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Find out the keys to better presenting
Human Engineering

Principles of communication and collaboration for engineers, by an engineer. These explain an age old problem for engineeringkind — how to interact with people. Human engineering if you will.

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Comparisons speak louder than words

Humans don’t do well with big numbers and abstract concepts. We’re natural organizers and connectors, but when it comes to really big numbers we have a problem. Remember this scene? Dr. Evil: ...

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Is your corporate speak filled with jargon monoxide

Being good on your feet, commanding a room, and getting people to follow you, starts with standing up. Then words have to come out of your mouth. But are your words persuasive? Find out how to use ...