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Chetan Ahuja
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Chetan Ahuja   8/15/2014 11:30:38 AM
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Agree , try explaining logistic regression to a stage one organization, as all it knows is BI tools and maybe salesforce and some dashboard stuff.

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BethSchultz   6/17/2014 12:15:18 PM
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Hi Terry, I believe what Michael was getting at is this sort of situation: I'm an analytics professional who is fantastic at figuring out what algorithms to use and creating super sophisticated models that pull in all sorts of data and that generate insight that can drive business decisions -- but I'm socially awkward. I can talk to my manager or a team member about a project, but I am incapable of speaking coherently to a bigger group or folks on the business side. Do I have a role in this increasingly analytics-driven business environment or is my future doomed because I'm introverted? 

 

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Terry Sweeney   6/16/2014 4:11:07 PM
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Maybe I don't fully grasp what Michael means by "social communications skills," but effectively communicating up and down the organization is implied in Hahn's description of communication skills. For many there's a fine line where "communicating" tips over into self-promoting or grandstanding, which I don't think is what we're talking about. But there's a right way and a wrong to get the word out on interesting insights and conclusions borne of analytics. And it feels like that base is already covered.

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BethSchultz   6/13/2014 2:58:01 PM
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But do you think work habits are core traits? 

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Maryam@Impact   6/13/2014 12:42:21 PM
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I completely agree with Zurich's perspective there are certain things training and education can do for an employee. Unfortunately changing fundamental personality characteristics and work habits does not fall into that realm. Assuring the employee has core traits that synchronize with the employee is key to the employee being successful long term. 

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BethSchultz   6/12/2014 2:18:47 PM
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That's a good question, Michael. I would think that in larger organizations, such a person would be able to find a role. But here's the thing, I so often here of the importance of this from hiring managers -- so, will you get hired if you can't talk a good game? I'm not so sure about that. 

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Michael Steinhart   6/12/2014 12:10:04 PM
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I spent a good couple of hours yesterday deep in conversation with a behavioral specialist (don't ask) and we explored subject of social communication skills -- which are really not as simple and straightforward as they seem. Is it possible that communication skills -- on top of analytical and creative thinking -- are too much to ask for? Is there room for a layer of 'translators' who work with the quants and then present to the LOBs? 

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