What does a data scientist have in common with Miss Marple?

Chatting with a colleague recently, I was struggling to explain how to make the most of a data scientist. Working with analysts and actuaries, who are used to manipulating spreadsheets, downloading data and extrapolating trends, it’s not so easy to explain the wondrous skills of data science. I wracked my brains and reflected on the… Continue reading What does a data scientist have in common with Miss Marple?

Why managers need to step up (and what happens when they don’t)!

A very dear friend of mine came to visit recently, and as she is getting married in summer, we felt the need to celebrate.  Ever the budget-conscious Northerner, I sought out a decent deal on one of my favourite website, TimeOut.  It’s great for those of us in big cities, allowing you to find great… Continue reading Why managers need to step up (and what happens when they don’t)!

Valuing customers: Why I deleted my Facebook account

Many of us who are passionate about customers have been following the recent revelations relating to Facebook and customer data used by Cambridge Analytica.  The scandal centres around how Facebook, as a holder of vast amounts of customer data could allow the harvesting of data from 50 million Facebook users to be used by a third… Continue reading Valuing customers: Why I deleted my Facebook account

Feckless manager? Here’s what to do about it!

I was chatting with a business acquaintance recently, who expressed frustration at their manager – weak decisions, unclear plans, always caving in to other managers and not supporting his own team – this manager sounded feckless to me.  Feckless?  What sort of antiquated word is that? The origins of the word date back to the… Continue reading Feckless manager? Here’s what to do about it!

Life is full of small victories – here’s why they matter

Over New Year, my husband & I flew off to Northern Lapland to spend a few days with friends and family.  At this time of year, it’s a magical place covered in deep white snow, and temperatures plunging below -25 celsius.  It’s also Kaamos, where the sun never appears above the horizon for many weeks.  It… Continue reading Life is full of small victories – here’s why they matter

The role of allies in Diversity & Inclusion

I recently took part in an interview withJulia Streets and Andy Woodfield for Divercity Podcast, a series of podcasts focused on helping organisations and individuals drive change in the field of diversity and inclusion in financial services. The topic of conversation focused on the role of allies in diversity and inclusion.  As Co-chair of Mercer’s LGBTQ… Continue reading The role of allies in Diversity & Inclusion

4 techniques to motivate your people

Those amongst us who are wise have started planning for 2018, and the various deliverables we need to achieve, I was reflecting on how best to drive motivation with my team.  As with any experienced manager, I have a few tools in the armoury to help me and the team achieve what I know we… Continue reading 4 techniques to motivate your people