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Analytical proofs (Part II)

In my last post I claimed that defining the analyses required to prove or disprove an idea is often far more difficult than it might first appear. As food-for-thought, I then suggested you consider how to test the idea that … Continue reading

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“Prove it!”

This is the default mindset of the analytically oriented. Their beliefs are based on facts and calculations, not instincts and assumptions. They are suspicious and skeptical, in a healthy sort of way. They demand a higher burden of proof. The … Continue reading

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Intuition vs. Objectivity? And the winner is…

Two weeks ago I wrote about an interesting experiment in the Wall Street Journal to compare intuition versus objectivity in picking winners in this year’s NCAA men’s basketball tournament. The intuitive method was straightforward – pick the winner of each … Continue reading

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The NCAA tournament: Intuition vs. Objectivity

It’s mid-March, which of course means the NCAA Basketball tournament and the detailed analysis that drives our bracket predictions. Uh, wait….detailed analysis? Do we really analyze the teams and matchups in forecasting the outcome of the tournament? Or do we … Continue reading

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Keeping momentum

It’s been an embarrassingly long time since I last posted. For me, blogging is an important routine, or habit, I try to maintain, just like exercising, healthy eating, doing crossword puzzles and reading the daily business press. These are activities … Continue reading

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Histograms – the findings aren’t always so obvious

In each of my last two posts, I showed how histograms help identify distinct subgroups in our data, focus our analysis, and produce more powerful findings. I used real-world examples, but made-up data. Why? Because real-world data is messy, often … Continue reading

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Applause for Netflix; or not?

As I’ve written before, courage is one of the key attributes of exceptional problem solvers. The courage to challenge expert opinion. The courage to think differently. The courage to suggest something you know will be met with skepticism, ridicule, or … Continue reading

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Problem Solving: Not just teaching, but learning

After two weeks off – apologies, I too fall victim to hyper-paced schedules – I want to expand upon my last entry, in which I described Problem Solving as a process that can be taught. But I don’t believe teaching, … Continue reading

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Problem Solving: Can It Be Taught?

In my last two entries I shared my view of the importance of Problem Solving and a few reasons why it’s so difficult. But does this mean we’re destined to analytical mediocrity? Can we improve? Can Problem Solving be taught? … Continue reading

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What’s that up on the screen? It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a visual, no, wait…it’s a handout!!

The single, biggest step we can take to improve our presentations is to recognize the difference between a visual and a handout. A visual is the image projected on the screen while we verbally deliver our presentation. A handout is … Continue reading

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