As motivational speakers, we’re often asked: What does it take to succeed in a growingly uncertain world?
Naturally, it’s a timely question. As business leaders, our ability to predict the future is becoming more challenging with each passing day. But while we’re able to collect more information than ever, finding ways to effectively apply it in context will only become more important in coming months. Noting this, as motivational speakers frequently remind, in order to get ahead in tomorrow’s business world, you won’t just have to get better about gathering data in the years ahead. You’ll also have to get better about learning to visualize and interpret it.
However, just 25% of workers today describe themselves as data literate. To bridge the gap, it’s not only becoming more important than ever to find more effective ways to organize and manage information across your business. It’s also becoming increasingly vital to embrace the art of data visualization: The practice of visually presenting this information in an easily understood and eye-catching manner that immediately conveys key learnings and insights at a glance.
Noting this, it’s not only imperative to boost your visibility into what’s happening both in the marketplace and in your organization. It’s also essential to boost your firm’s data literacy rate, and overall ability to govern information. As is, we’re asking more modern professionals to work with data than ever before without providing them with the basic working knowledge up-front that they need to effectively leverage this information. And until the education system and labor market catches up? Providing complete end-to-end data management and visualization tools that can automatically uncover helpful business insights, and quickly give end-users the perspective they need to ask smarter questions, provides the next best alternative.
So, as motivational speakers also tend to point out frequently, staying ahead of the curve isn’t necessarily a function of having the best technology and tools in place at any given time. It’s also about training and education, and investing in human capital – giving your workforce the skills and solutions it needs to translate insight into action, and help you address rising opportunities or challenges in the market.