Proficiency in the tools an analyst uses to work—the databases, the software programs, the statistical models, the research methods, etc.—obviously plays an incredibly significant role in his or her success (I consider these the “hard” skills). However, I also believe that just as important are the analyst’s interpersonal and organizational skills (or “soft” skills), such as effective communication, big-picture thinking, working with and leading teams, and practicing personal initiative. With that thought in mind, my focus with this blog is on personal development in both the “hard” and the “soft” skills, as I believe that continuous improvement in both areas is necessary for the evolving analyst.
My goals for this blog are as follows:
- To provide a forum for sharing and distributing useful information and insight for those who work in analytically focused roles, and who wish to serve their organizations and communities as effectively as possible
- To generate and provoke thoughtful discussion among all readers
- To build and foster a community of analytic (and analytically minded) practitioners
- To learn as much as possible!