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Your First 100 Days to a Quick Win BI Project – with Reggie Wilkerson

My guest this week is Reggie Wilkerson, Director of Enterprise Data Management at the State Department Federal Credit Union. Reggie’s one of the few guys that is really dominating data.

While running my CIO Innovation Insider series recently, I noticed that a lot of conversations have been around data analytics, business intelligence, data warehousing, and data visualization. Continue reading

Stop Playing to Lose…Play to Win: High Performance Leadership Tactics From the 50 Billion Dollar Man – with Dan Peña

Warning: This episode contains sensitive content.

My guest this week is Dan Peña.

From his beginnings as an East LA barrio bad boy to Laird of (15th Century) Guthrie Castle, Dan Peña is now recognized as the Founder of Quantum Leap Advantage (QLA), the revolutionary method for super success with over 25 years of proven track record that has produced over $50 Billion of equity/value, since 1993 – thus making him known as the 50 Billion Dollar Man!

Peña, through his mentees and devotees, has created an unprecedented level of super successful mentees/devotees that have produced from 7 figures to 11 figures wealth creation in various industries around the world! Peña’s principle instrument of success is his free QLA Mentor Program used in conjunction with the step by step QLA Methodology that he personally used to create  $450 Million from $820 in 8 years! Continue reading

Do Your Team Members Compliment You as a Leader? | Tools to Define Your Team’s Unique Strengths and Weaknesses

How do you ensure exponential growth of your team? Leaders can’t blindly look for the talent to take their organization to the next level.

I have been using a number of tools within my company to ensure the proper distribution of talent within my organization. Watch the video to learn about some of my favorite tools that can make your teams more effective.

Team Building Tools

I have a big vision at RedZone to secure the lives of a billion people around the world, and that has to be done with team development. I’m involved in an entrepreneurial group that essentially coaches us on how to build self-managed companies, and a culture of self-management within the organization. This group has been teaching these skills for 35 years, and I listen closely because this is not about a natural skillset.

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Is Your Data Sitting On A Strong Foundation, Or a Flimsy Frame?

At a recent CIO Innovation Insider event roundtable, I asked about BI and Data Analytics Integration.

This is a timely discussion about a prominent topic within the community. From an innovation point of view, I want to start getting some clarity on what BI means, what data analytics means. I want to get some clarity on how you integrate data sources and bring them into a consistent platform to get meaningful information from, and how you get started.

The reason I’m saying that is because people are throwing out buzzwords of machine learning and AI, yet their backend is really kind of a mess. We’re putting fanciness on top of a weak structure, a foundation that’s not quite there.

Using a Bottom-Up-Approach to Develop Data Clarity
To launch the conversation, knowing that at least one CIO attending comes from a background entrenched in this, and who has recently jumped into a new industry. He and I met recently he told me about how he has gotten some really quick wins using a bottom-up approach – I thought this was really practical.

I would like to share with you some of this innovative CIO’s challenges and successes.

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Respect the Eyes of Decision Makers!| How to Distill Complexity Into Eye-Pleasing Visuals

If you can’t make sense out of the data or if you are not clear when you present your data, then all this powerful information loses its value. When it comes to data and IT Security-related material, visuals are the easiest way to convey it.

If you think about how we handle data consumption best, what comes to mind? The eyes.

There is this interesting skill between the hard execution of the tools and the people, and having Google closing gaps. We’re closing gaps in the CFO conversation in EBITDA. We’re closing gaps here because we’ve got to make sense of the data.

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