The Data Driven Leader
A Powerful Approach to Delivering Measurable Business Impact Through People Analytics
The workplace is rapidly changing. Game-changing forces, including automation, robotics and artificial intelligence, are revolutionizing the competitive landscape.
No longer can leaders rely on gut reactions. Instead, winning companies gain their advantage by taking smarter actions and predictive power, applying data-driven strategies to all business functions.
Human resources departments and business leaders cannot afford to overlook the power and competitive advantages of data-driven decision-making and strategies. CEOs are embracing the growing trend of choosing analytics-minded business leaders. These leaders use data analytics to strengthen their teams and boost productivity, leading to breakthrough results.
The Data Driven Leader: A Powerful Approach to Delivering Measurable Business Impact Through People Analytics is a clear, accessible guide for future-focused leaders, providing insight on solving important leadership challenges through human resources-focused and other data analytics. This engaging book shows readers how to transform the HR function and overall organizational effectiveness by using data to make decisions grounded in facts vs. opinions, identify root causes behind their company’s thorniest problems and move toward a winning, future-focused business strategy.
A Data-Driven Revolution.
Author Jenny Dearborn’s vast experience, along with over 100 interviews with top global sales leaders, formed the foundation for Data Driven and The Data Driven Leader, which presents the fictional story of Pam Sharp.
After Pam’s successful analytics-driven turnaround as Chief Sales Officer in Data Driven, Pam is promoted to Chief Human Resources Officer. Readers will undoubtedly see themselves in Pam as she faces new challenges in her new role. Pam discovers the power of people analytics, applying the methods she used to lead her sales turnaround—identifying hiring and training strengths and weaknesses as well as helping transform a struggling sales team into an engaged and productive powerhouse. Pam generates organizational buy-in and builds data right into the structure of the company in a way that any manager can replicate.
In each chapter of The Data Driven Leader, Dearborn summarizes and provides insightful commentary on Pam’s story, distilling the crucial lessons into clear, actionable how-to steps and providing resources for both leaders developing their existing analytic capabilities and those starting their data-driven journey.
One of the key questions for the future is the impact of artificial intelligence on human work. Here’s a great contribution to that debate. Jenny Dearborn and David Swanson, through engaging examples and in-depth analyses, show how data analytics can properly empower the workforce for the future.
Owner & Curator, TED
The Data Driven Leader is an essential guide for leaders who want to navigate complexity with brilliance and win in the new game of work. This insight-packed book will show you how to ask the right questions, gather intelligence and enable your team to find the best answers.
Founder, The Wiseman Group; New York Times bestselling author of "Multipliers and Rookie Smarts"
One of the most profound changes in business today is the vast amount of people-related data we have to analyze. This book will help HR and line managers understand their opportunity to apply analytics to many of the people decisions we make every day.
Global Industry Analyst; Principal & Founder, Bersin by Deloitte
The Data Driven Leader offers an engaging parable that brings to life the value of analytically-based people decisions, and helpful guidance for leaders to enhance those decisions.
Dr. John Boudreau
Professor & Research Director, Center for Effective Organizations and Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California
I love the story-telling approach to analytical lessons that Jenny and David offer. Their knowledge of (and commitment to) people, systems and data converge here in a must-read book for anyone interested in the future of HR and Leadership. Even the non-numbers oriented, like me.
President & CEO, Odyssey Teams, Inc.