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Secrets of Analytical Leaders by Wayne Eckerson

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CHAPTER 1

WHAT IS AN ANALYTICAL LEADER?

ANALYTICS REQUIRES “PURPLE PEOPLE”

Breakthrough innovation occurs when reconciling opposites. Living at one end or the other of a philosophical or cultural spectrum is comfortable, but not terribly interesting or instructive. You know the answers before people ask the questions. Your past, present, and future are hard wired and unchanging.

But people who live at the confluence of disparate approaches and opinions have a broader perspective. They see connections and possibilities that others miss. They speak multiple languages and gracefully move between different groups and norms. They continuously translate, synthesize, and unify. As a result, they imagine new ways to solve old problems, and they reinvent ...

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