Friday, 7 May 2021

How to Convery Insights through Data


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When you are short of time, here is the one action that will give you 80 percent results in 20 percent of the time.


DO THIS

Provide a metaphor that connects the insight to existing knowledge.


BY DOING THIS

–        Review your data as if you were telling a story.

–        Present the insight that reveals a deeper understanding of the data.

–        State a metaphor that personalizes the insight and makes it relevant.


Shared understanding is essential during change. People must align on the why, what, when, where, and how of the initiative. Everything must make sense or doubt, resistance, and risk seep in. 

Data is the foundation of knowledge. It is the raw materials of pattern recognition, insights and fact-based decision making. The challenge is that most people struggle to make sense of data. They think in stories instead of numbers and need context for data within their frames of reference to have meaning. Without personal connections to new concepts, people may become confused and distrustful of your insights and recommended way forward.  

Metaphors are powerful communicators. They help people understand new concepts by relating them to existing knowledge. The understanding of the metaphor creates a visual picture with which to associate the new information. The recipient draws their own conclusion once they see a connection between the two concepts. 

Classic business metaphors include “it’s like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic,” “put your oxygen mask on first,” and “we don’t eat our own cooking.” For example, "Rebranding our poorly-rated wellness program is like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic."

 First, distill the insight you want to convey into a sentence. The next step is to think of common connections. Produce two or three test metaphors and pick the best one. Finally, test your metaphor on a couple of people to make sure it is easy to understand and relatable. Your metaphor will help people understand your insights and increase their support for your recommendations.


KNOWLEDGE BITES


METAPHOR GENERATOR TOOL: What metaphor will explain the insight from my data?


SUCCESS TIP

Personalizing a metaphor by including an audience member in it enhances the connection: "It's like Nina putting more money into a vending machine after nothing came out the first time."


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Wednesday, 5 May 2021

How to Engage Those Who Are Changing


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When you are short of time, here is the one action that will give you 80 percent results in 20 percent of the time.


DO THIS

Make it “their” implementation plan.


BY DOING THIS

–        Tell a story about the roll-out plan, including requirements (e.g., timing).

–        Ask people how they would improve it.

–        Communicate activities leading up to the next milestone.


People get engaged through participation. They advocate for take pride in their own good work. Therefore, people must place their fingerprints on the change before they will do the heavy lifting to make it successful. Not allowing for this can trigger the “not invented here” and “it’s not my change” responses that jeopardize the adoption of a change.

Share your draft plan with people going through the change as if it is a narrative with them as the protagonists—they are the heroes. Pause often to get input: have you missed anything, or could anything be improved? Incorporate their changes (the ones that make sense) into the plan and launch it as a co-created roadmap.

Giving credit to those who provide input further cements their ownership. It won’t be long before people refer to the plan as theirs.


KNOWLEDGE BITES


CHANGE PLAN REVIEW MEETING AGENDA: What changes are required to the plan to make it work?



SUCCESS TIP

Include the names of the attendees in the plan to reinforce their input and ownership.


The Change on the Run: 44 Ways to Survive Workplace Uncertainty book is now available. Go to http://www.changeontherun.com or your favourite bookseller to check it out.

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