Interpreting the Qualitative Data (Experiences and Emotions) in Your Business

Numbers alone don’t tell the whole story. In addition to Quantity, we also need to look at Quality such as feedback, interviews, case studies, and narrative analysis.

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Interpreting the Quantitative Data (Numbers) in Your Business

Do you hate reviewing your business financials? If so, you’re not alone.

In this article, I’ll explain:

  • the difference between quantitative and qualitative data,
  • where to collect the data,
  • an illustration that demonstrates which questions to ask, and
  • how to use it to make risk intelligent decisions.

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How to Understand the Quantitative and Qualitative Data in Your Business

Are you wondering how to tell the difference between data that are based on numbers (quantitative) and those based on sensations and experiences (qualitative)?

Many business owners find it difficult to make the distinction… which can lead to frustration, overwhelm… and eventually to a business that is vulnerable to threats that could cause irreparable harm.

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Frankenstein Management: Why Bias Can Destroy a Great Business

What should you do when policies aren’t being followed, customers are upset, and everything starts to fall apart?

These are all symptoms of Frankenstein Management Syndrome: A condition where harmful outcomes occur because leaders are disconnected from the needs of their employees, customers, and community.

Let’s explore what causes this scary condition and how to avoid it.

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7 Things I Learned as a Keynote Speaker

Whether you are giving a talk to 10 people or 1000, giving a successful presentation requires you to use the power of influence to engage with your audience.

keynote speaker goes beyond a regular presentation, because it requires not only tremendous influence, but also a strategy that creates results for the event’s organizers.

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7 Things HBO’s Chernobyl Taught Me About Devil’s Advocates

What can we do to avoid a catastrophe like Chernobyl?

Although your business may not be facing problems to the magnitude of a nuclear plant meltdown, it’s still possible to completely miss the warning signs that the ‘wheels are coming off the wagon.”

I have found that the best way to develop a resilient response to disasters is by relying on the feedback of Devil’s Advocates.

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Perspective Shifts and My (New) Irish Heritage

March 17 is an American holiday to commemorate St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Although it was not originally celebrated in Ireland, this day is important to Irish immigrants as a way to remember their heritage.

Happy St Patricks Day
And it’s one that I have never celebrated. Until recently.

As with most oral family histories, mine was shared by relatives who spent time digging through genealogical records. I knew that my Dad’s side was German & English, and my Mom’s side was mostly English (my Grandmother is a descendant of the first King of England, Egbert of Wessex).

But that’s where my identity ended. Mostly English, with a German surname from my Dad’s side.

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Why Unconscious Aggression is So Hard to See as a Leader

Can we be aggressive toward someone and not even know it?

I think we can.

Aggression is behavior that is hostile, forceful, or destructive. It comes from the Latin ad- (“to”) and the word gradi (“to step toward something or approach; to attack”).

It is an outward expression of inward anger that can cause incredible harm to others, even if we don’t realize it at first. Sometimes it’s difficult to know what aggression looks like, especially if you’re very comfortable with a highly competitive atmosphere.

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5 Painful Discussions That No Organization Should Ignore

This is the final in a 3-part series about Pain and Decision-Making.

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

In previous posts, I described ways to see pain objectively, and how to identify pain points, and ways to fix them. In this article, we’ll be examining some difficult topics that most leaders tend to avoid.

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Why #MeToo Inspired Me to Be Transparent and Share My Failures

The following is my perspective on owning a business, experiencing trauma, and bringing my failures to light.

I used to hate the idea of sharing details about my personal life or business publicly, mostly because it’s not fun to get rejected by strangers. As an entrepreneur, my business and personal decisions are intertwined; so negative feedback about my company can feel like a personal attack.

Sometimes, it seems like everyone else is succeeding while you’re the only one struggling. But the truth is, we all face challenges of some sort. Most of us just don’t like to talk about it. Because being transparent is scary.

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