5 min read · Jun 25th · Healthy disagreement is essential for growth.
Nice cultures tend to nurture the false dichotomy that you can either be nice or you can hold people accountable, but not both.
Martin Luther King Jr. said in his famous Letter from Birmingham Jail “…there is a type of constructive, nonviolent tension which is necessary for growth.” Don’t cover that up in your efforts to be nice. Channel and manage the tension. That’s real kindness.
7 min read · Aug 28th · Data viz has reached the masses. Don’t mistake that for proficiency.
here are a few pointers, courtesy of Shander and Wexler, for how to go about instilling a data viz-friendly culture throughout your company. Expose people to “gateway” visualizations. Strike a balance of complexity. Explain (a bit) about cognitive processing. Stress the importance of intentional choices. Teach caution with colors — and in general. Consider a data-visualization style guide
STRIKE A BALANCE OF COMPLEXITY Any data-viz literacy effort would need to include an overview of visualization types. There are a number of quality catalogs available to leverage (like the Data Visualisation Catalogue and Tableau’s Data Visualization Glossary.) Still, how deep exactly to delve can be a tricky consideration
10 min read · Jun 7th · This weekend’s new character, if not the main character, was Kristen Anderson, CEO of a startup that claims to “[rebuild] the safety net to serve everyone.” She went on a protracted rant about the…
Mark my words, the “only a few days” mantra will be something that is used as a control mechanism. The boss will “always be in the office,” and thus the expectation will be you’ll be there too, despite the “only a few days a week” mantra.
If people are desperate to come back to the office, perhaps the simple lesson is still that they don’t need to be there - but that they can if they want to, and they can work remotely as much as they’d like.
Remote work inherently messes with the power dynamic of the worker and the boss, and it is going to make many, many brains malfunction.