James M. Connolly

The Best Data Presentation Method: It Depends

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Ariella
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vintage data presentation
Ariella   12/9/2014 11:46:47 AM
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Data was also visualized in the 19th century is ways that some conisider beautiful enough to hang on walls. I just saw this/www.citylab.com/navigator/2014/12/the-modern-beauty-of-19th-century-data-visualizations/383373/, which links to vintagevisualizations.com with maps, pie charts, bar graphs, and other forms of data rendered visually with vintage style.

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Jamescon   12/8/2014 10:42:26 AM
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@Terry. I agree. The Myers-Briggs framework doesn't have to tell you exactly what personality type applies to a coworker, for example, but it can make you aware that there are people who see/do things differently than you do. So if your approach to a project is carefully planned steps and deadlines, and your partner on the project exudes a "don't worry, be happy" attitude, you don't have to panic. They will get their part done, or you can at least work with them to make sure that you have the information/data that you need for each stage in your carefully planned approach.

Of course, if they don't get their work done by deadline, then you can panic.

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T Sweeney   12/6/2014 11:49:42 AM
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My sense is that most people aren't too surprised by their Myers Briggs test results. But I do think one of the great takeaways of the MBTI is its framework, so well depicted in your accompanying graphic, Jim. By having a framework for other types, we can adjust our styles when dealing with different types of people, regardless of where we are in the organization's hierarchy.

I'd go so far as to say MBTI at its best can foster empathy, sorely lacking in a lot of organizations and relationships.

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Ariella   12/5/2014 9:38:24 AM
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@Jamescon Getting the distinction between shy and introverted across is a big part of a number of introvert books. It's true that many introverts are shy, but there are actually also some shy extroverts. I think the latter is tougher, as those people don't want to just be alone with their books most of the time. 

I'm not sure about the nature of the memories. Though I like to admire scenery, exhibits, etc., I do pay a lot of attention to people and their interaction. My own theory is that extroverts tend to register public expressions much more than private ones in their own calcalus of relationship deposits and withdrawals.

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Jamescon   12/5/2014 9:30:17 AM
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@Ariella. I joke about speaking with 40 people. However, what gets lost on a lot of people when it comes to discussion of the terms extrovert and introvert is that introvert doesn't equate to "shy". Introvert and extrovert really boil down to how you "recharge your batteries". The best example I've heard is a comparison of the types of vacations or weekends that the two types enjoy. An extrovert might talk about who they met, how much dancing they did, what the other people are up to in their lives, etc. The introvert may reflect on the sights, and the sunsets that they saw, or how peaceful the lake was. They may have gone to dinner with friends and gone dancing too, but the memories that they take away are different from those of the extrovert. 

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Ariella   12/5/2014 9:17:50 AM
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@Jamescon What you get out of 4 books can actually cover the experience of far more than 40 people who may prove not truly representational. We introverts (the kind who are not suffering from crippling shyness) don't really mind talking to 40 people, so long as we don't have to do so in a single group. Recent example, when the "Ebola Nurse" said she had not intention of complying with the quarantine rules, I asked one of the PCTs I saw while in the hospital what her thoughts were. She considered the nurse selfish, as she thought there was a danger, particularly to people with suppressed immune systems. She offered that her mother suffered from that because of her leukemia. I thought that was an interesting insight coming from a healthcare worker in a controversy in which people claimed that people in healthcare would side with the nurse. 

However, I did not proceed to survey every doctor and nurse in the hospital. If I were working on an official project, though, I would do so. 

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Jamescon   12/5/2014 9:13:50 AM
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@Seth. True, you might want to make data available in multiple formats for different members of the audience. However, the easier route probably is to get to know the likes/tendencies of the decision makers and focus on them. That's where we get back to one of the original points in the A2 Academy program, which is to get to know early in the process who you will be delivering results to. If you can execute on that, you might only need one form of presentation.

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Ariella   12/5/2014 9:08:42 AM
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@SethBreedlove I believe it is true to some extent, and when you're not the usual personality type associated with the career, you can run into problems. For example, everyone expects salespeople to be extroverts. 

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Jamescon   12/5/2014 8:55:19 AM
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@Ariella. Instead of reading four books in introverts you could have spoken with 40 people. But I guess that would have made you an extrovert.

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SethBreedlove   12/5/2014 1:55:08 AM
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This makes for a good case for presenting data in a variety of formats if possible and if time allows.   This might be easier for cultures that love examples vs. the U.S. culture of get to the point and move on.   I wonder if it is true that different careers attract different personality types.

 

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