Leadership is About Influence

Listening this morning to Janice Marturano speak with Sharon Salzberg on her Metta Hour podcast, she articulated something beautiful about leadership: Leadership is about influence. A leader embodies the attitudes, habits, and characteristics that comes to define those who follow them. Applying this more specifically to data-driven leadership, something near and dear to me: If […]

Putting a Data Leader in their Place

I’ve been interested a lot recently in what it means to be a data leader. I had the opportunity this week to have a wonderful class with the participants in the recent cohort of the Leadership Institute, sponsored by the NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services. Called Leveraging Analytics, we were intentionally provocative in asking […]

Innovation is an Action, Not a Thing

I’ve been intrigued recently with innovation, particularly in government. I don’t think the nature of innovation is different in different organizations, but my concern is with how government operates (as I believe all citizens should). The most important point is to recognize innovation is an action not a thing. Something may be innovative, but it […]

The Value of Brevity

I’ve been reading Seth Godin’s wonderful little blog posts after hearing him interviewed by Krista Tippett. It’s made me re-evaluate how I blog (particularly today’s blogpost), which is very time-intensive and dense. I’m assuming from the lack of engagement that people just don’t have the time to read them or find the content as fascinating […]

Data Driven Government Mini-Lesson

I get asked a lot in my classes what it means to be data driven. And while there are plenty of examples, here’s a little mini-example I hope will demonstrate something of what it means to be data-driven in government. The Guardian recently had an interesting feature piece on the issue of walkability. A key […]