If You Want People to Hear You, Stop Talking Like a Statistician

This is a great post by Eston Martz via the Minitab blog. I love this quote:

… unless we’re speaking to a room full of other statisticians, we should stop talking like statisticians.



Building Knowledge that Improves Work AND Home Life

I am a huge fan of Gretchen Rubin. @gretchenrubin I appreciate her deeply researched books and I love how she keeps asking “why” in pursuit of root causes. In her book, “The Happiness Project“, Gretchen takes us through a series of experiments, (she calls them projects), to determine if one can take specific actions to become happier. Having discovered that it is possible to be happier, she narrowed her focus to the home in the next book in this series. The next installment in this area is personal. In, “Better Than Before”, Gretchen talks about habits and how we can improve ourselves and our happiness by understanding and improving the things we do everyday.

If you only read one book this year, make it this one.

Better Than BeforeBetter Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives by Gretchen Rubin

How can we change our habits?  We all have them and they are difficult to change.  This book gives us a framework to better understand our own habit formation and how to finally change them, for good. This is an especially good read for anyone trying to move their IT team toward a climate of openness.

The CIO Leadership Council blog included Gretchen’s book on their “5 Books All Sales People Should Read This Summer 2015.


Leadership is Always Responsible, How to “Turn Your Ship Around”

Leadership Is Always Responsible

Much of my career relates in one way or another to adult learning. During that time, I learned that no amount of training can overcome poor leadership.

This article from Fast Company is a great overview of the power of leadership language

If you are interested in this book, the link below is from the Lean Thinker’s Bookshelf.

Bob Hubbard
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It Can Wait.


Did you Forget About What Motivates People?

This 2009 TED talk is just as topical today as it was then. This is a great message.

Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don’t: Traditional rewards aren’t always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories — and maybe, a way forward.

TED Talk: Dan Pink, What Really Motivates Us?

Agile Programming for Your Family? Bruce Feiler says Yes!

I became an advocate for continuous improvement when I discovered that when we improve processes, we also improve people’s lives. Bruce Feiler’s TED Talk on agile families is well worth your time. I regret that I did not use these techniques when my daughters were younger, but I can certainly spread the message, starting NOW!
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Bruce Feiler has a radical idea: To deal with the stress of modern family life, go agile. Inspired by agile software programming, Feiler introduces family practices which encourage flexibility, bottom-up idea flow, constant feedback and accountability. One surprising feature: Kids pick their own punishments.

Bruce Feiler: Agile programming — for your family 

Bruce Feiler, Writer
Bruce Feiler is the author of “The Secrets of Happy Families,” and the writer/presenter of the PBS miniseries “Walking the Bible.” Full bio

More Genius from Dan Pink: Rhyming Matters

Dan Pink has a video series related to his book, To Sell is Human. (see “must read” titled, “Caveat Vendator“) This concept is incredibly simple… but it is also incredibly difficult to accomplish. Watch for the term, “processing fluency” and see if it resonates with you. (It certainly did with me!)
 Bob Hubbard, June 2013

June 24th, 2013

Here’s the latest in our series of short videos based on Chapter 7 of To Sell is Human. The message of this one: Perhaps it’s time for you to rhyme.


Can Religion Predict Family Size?

Hans Rosling is a rock star among those of us who use statistics in our careers.  In this TED talk, he uses statistics to demonstrate the role of a country’s religion in determining how many children a family is likely to have.

You might be surprised at his findings, I know I was.