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Where to find the best free photos and graphics

This is my collection of the best websites to find free photos, icons and patterns. If you’d like to suggest a resource, send me an email.<p>Photo</i> …

Sorting Algorithms Are Mesmerizing When Visualized

If you're under the impression that something as simple as sorting numbers is dull, think again. This visualization lets you see and hear fifteen …

The United States of Energy

The United States of Energy from Saxum, is a huge project to map domestic energy sources.<p><i>Finally… After almost 50 years of dependence on foreign</i> …

7 Strategies For a Stellar Executive Marketing Dashboard

Next to your marketing strategy, plan and team, your marketing dashboard should be near the top of your list of critical items to really nail. It's …

The Ripple Effects You Create as a Manager

Each one of us holds a set of beliefs and attitudes — a mindset — that determines how we interpret and respond to situations. That mindset shapes how we interact with others, and therefore it also affects the people we work with — in ways both subtle and profound. A person with a distrustful …

6 Things Exceptional Leaders Do Better | Inc.com

What makes an exceptional leader exceptional?<p>This was the topic I had the fortunate opportunity to discuss recently with a class of graduating university seniors. Many of the students believed that future business leaders needed a new set of leadership skills that recognized the new global economy …

Self-improvement

8 Ways Managers Sabotage Themselves | Inc.com

It's amusing to watch employees straight out of college (or from particularly large corporations) come to work at my company. They've had these "how to act at the office" lessons drilled into their brains, which may make great sense in theory, but they often backfire in practice.<p>Here are a few …

Leadership

The One Thing That Transforms a Good Leader Into a Great One | Inc.com

One thing consistently sets great leaders apart from the merely good: They have a pervasive sense of groundedness.<p>Discussions with truly great leaders are rarely unhinged forays into the unknown, and their day-to-day activities are seldom isolated events, unmoored from everything else. Quite the …

Leadership

Act Like a Leader Before You Are One

If you want to become a leader, don’t wait for the fancy title or the corner office. You can begin to act, think, and communicate like a leader long before that promotion. Even if you’re still several levels down and someone else is calling all the shots, there are numerous ways to demonstrate your …

I’m the Boss! Why Should I Care If You Like Me?

Many people assume that it’s possible for a person to be an effective leader without being likable. That is technically true, but you may not like the odds. In a study of 51,836 leaders, we found just 27 who were rated at the bottom quartile in terms of likability but in the top quartile in terms …

Leadership Is More than Interpersonal Skills

Most of the 89,000 leadership books offered on Amazon.com focus on traditional interpersonal leadership: the relationships between leaders and followers. Interpersonal leadership sets up an expectation that leaders must be in dialog or at least in view of their followers. Yet this style of …

Little Data Makes Big Data More Powerful

You may not know this, but Big Data has a little brother. And together, Big and Little Data are far more powerful than Big Data alone.<p>Big Data is what organizations know about people — be they customers, citizens, employees, or voters. Data is aggregated from a large number of sources, assembled …

Three Ways CIOs Can Connect with the C-Suite

There is a marked dissonance between CIOs and the C-suite — a fact that we uncovered in new research conducted with HBR, The Economist, CEB, and TNS Global. We have identified the problem, which is that CEOs believe that the CIO does not understand or help with the CEO’s issues and the needs of the …

Data Analysis Should Be a Social Event

Here’s a common business problem: You want to retain more of your customers. Depending on your corporate analytics culture and the experience of your analytical team, your analysts will probably approach this problem by asking one of the following questions:<p><b>How do we create the best model to</b> …

When Visualizing Data, You Have to Fail to Succeed

At 4:26 a.m. one morning last December, an email from our COO arrived in our inboxes. “Literally can’t sleep — thinking about [your data presentation]…” As a data scientist, if your data causes co-workers to lose sleep, you’ve done your job, perhaps too well. The rest of the email outlined new …

How to Tell a Story with Data

An excellent visualization, according to Edward Tufte, expresses “complex ideas communicated with clarity, precision and efficiency.” I would add that an excellent visualization also tells a story through the graphical depiction of statistical information. As I discussed in an earlier post, …

Telling Stories with Visual Data: A Glimpse into the Future of Narrative

<i>Editor’s note: We’ve asked contributors to the Visualizing Data Insight Center to show us some of their favorite examples of dataviz with short explanations of what makes those visualizations so effective. Today, Jer Thorp shares one of his favorites.</i><p>Below is a screen grab of a masterful …

When Creating Visualizations, Question Everything

As organizations expand their digital infrastructures, the amount of data being collected is growing at an ever-increasing pace. This deluge presents a new set of challenges, and the most crucial of these — making sense of it all — depends on data visualization. Digital tools like Many Eyes and …

Data For All! How New Tools Democratize Visualization

When I talk to organizations about how they are using data visualization tools I am often struck by the fact that they use these tools mostly to generate charts and graphs that really aren’t all that different from what they could have created with standard business intelligence or desktop tools. …

If You’re Confident About Competence, Admit Your Flaws

Within moments of seeing white smoke billow from the Sistine Chapel, media outlets were inundated with a slew of reports about the former Cardinal Bergoglio. The Vatican PR machine noted that Pope Francis was an incredibly humble Cardinal who, as was befitting a Jesuit, had an abiding concern for …

Tell Better Data Stories with Motion and Interactivity

When it comes to making sense of vast amounts of complicated data, time really is on your side. It’s a simple concept, one that everyone understands: an action starts, then eventually stops. The distance between those two points conveys information — information about <i>then</i>, about <i>now</i>, and about the …

The Science of What We Do (and Don’t) Know About Data Visualization

Visualization is easy, right? After all, it’s just some colorful shapes and a few text labels. But things are more complex than they seem, largely due to the the ways we see and digest charts, graphs, and other data-driven images. While scientifically-backed studies do exist, there are actually …

10 Things Really Amazing Bosses Do | Inc.com

Recently, I had overwhelming response to my column on <i>10 Things Really Amazing Employees Do.</i> In it, I also gave tips for being a better boss. Better is great, but amazing bosses didn't need the tips because they already knew what to do.<p>Being a boss is hard. People don't naturally wish to have one. …

Leadership

Earn Your Leadership Role Every Day | Inc.com

<i>“My Trident is a symbol of honor and heritage. By wearing the Trident I accept the responsibility of my chosen profession and way of life. It is a privilege that I must earn every day.”</i> -- Navy SEAL Creed<p>Many entrepreneurs and small-business owners struggle with the transition from being the …

Leadership

9 Habits of People Who Build Extraordinary Relationships | Inc.com

Professional success is important to everyone, but still, success in business and in life means different things to different people--as well it should.<p>But one fact is universal: Real success, the kind that exists on multiple levels, is impossible without building great relationships. Real success …

Relationships

Onboard a New Employee the Right Way: 4 Tips | Inc.com

You work hard to find, interview, and hire the right employees. They have great skills, great experience, and great attitude.<p>So once they're hired... turn them loose, right?<p>Not so fast. Knowing <i>how</i> to do a job is certainly important, but approaching a job with the right perspective and right mindset …

Employment

Open Data Has Little Value If People Can’t Use It

Open data could be the gamechanger when it comes to eradicating global poverty. In the last two years, central and local governments and multilateral organizations around the world have opened a range of data — information on budgets, infrastructure, health, sanitation, education, and more — …