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Monday, 28 June 2010

What does it take to be an agent of change? The evidence, in a handy Venn Diagram.

We all know it's one thing to be able to understand the evidence, and quite another to get people to pay attention. Today on the Smart Data Collective site there's a Venn Diagram illustrating the requirements for being a successful change agent. I think it captures the situation quite well: A person needs to be able to produce valuable evidence (labeled here as a number cruncher), understand its importance in the context of the organization (business acumen), and communicate it appropriately (political skills).

Venn Diagram: Change agent on SmartDataCollective.com

AkinArikan says this shows the difference between an analyst and a change agent: "A good reminder how critical both business acumen and political skills are so that analysts can be the change agents they desire to be."

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