Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Turning Data into Information – Leaders must communicate

This is a post relaunch attempt due to a failure last week. Sorry.

As a professional industrial engineer, I am one of those geeks that actually enjoyed statistics class. The idea of taking desperate data, manipulating it with other data to create actionable information is a valuable skill. Whenever I see a new user-friendly way to summarize and present information, I try to remember it for future use. A friend brought this to my attention the other day on the “TED – Ideas worth sharing” website. (If you are not yet familiar with TED, you will enjoy it.)

Called a data visionary, Professor Hans Rosling’s current work is amazing. He teaches at Karolinska Institute in Sweden and the work you should view is on “dispelling common myths about the so-called developing world." “Guaranteed: You’ve never seen data presented like this.” This will likely change your next presentation but more importantly, consider the impact this will have on virtual audiences. The data becomes so compelling, it does not matter if you are virtual or in person.

What did you think? Did it change the way you will view data in the future?

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