Wednesday, October 19, 2011

"Beginning with the End in Mind" - Habits of Highly Effective Data Professionals

What if Steven Covey was a technologist, data professional, or data scientist? Would the best-selling author–best known for promoting his ”Seven Habits of Highly Effective People“–have thrived in today’s data-driven world?

We explore this question in Habits of Highly Effective Data Professionals , our latest post on DATAVERSITY.

We believe he could have thrived, if he adapted to the complexity and practical realities of working with data and technology. Like today’s best data pros, he would have succeeded by combining technical skills with the principle of “Beginning with the End in Mind” (Habit #2). He would also have needed to take the next step, rolling his sleeves up and figuring out HOW to achieve his most essential goals.

We call this key next step ”Causal Clarity™,” by which we mean achieving a clear vision for HOW a goal will be achieved. What will cause the desired result? What are the preconditions? What are the sequence of steps–sometimes thousands of them–that lie between the current state and the desired state?

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