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 […]

Chief Data Officer – Getting Started

I’ve been thinking recently about the job of a Chief Data Officer and what it would mean to come into an organization to perform this role. Whether there has been a previous CDO or not, in my experience helping government agencies get a handle on the data they collect and use, the key first task is […]

Thoughts on Leadership

This past Sunday’s New York Times had an interesting interview with Walt Bettinger, the CEO of Charles Schwab, during which he said: I draw a distinction between management and leadership. There’s a contractual relationship with your manager. And you can do your job and fulfill the terms of that contract and never really have your […]