8 Skills CAOs Must Have to Succeed

If your company is one of the increasing number that’s decided to hire a chief analytics officer, you’ve probably begun your search as everyone else has: with the job description. And if you’re struggling with how to define the role and its responsibilities, you’re not alone. The CAO is a new role, after all, and…

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3 Things to Build a Sustainable Strategic Organization

It’s possible that our economy may never return to “normal,” Tyler Cowen, an economics professor at George Mason University, recently wrote in the New York Times. While some economists believe the slow wage growth and low labor participation we’re now seeing are temporary conditions, Cowen argues that they’re more indicative of structural dysfunction and fragility….


The Growth of Real-Time Corporate Strategy

Remember when corporate strategy moved at a measured pace? Companies took an almost leisurely amount of time (by today’s standards) to survey their markets and track consumer behaviors, evaluate technologies and study a number of hypotheses about where industry trends might lead and how they could be exploited. But as I wrote last week, business…


Where Did Chobani Go Wrong? Was it Avoidable?

The Wall Street Journal (http://www.wsj.com/articles/at-chobani-rocky-road-from-startup-status-1431909152?KEYWORDS=chobani) cataloged the rise of Chobani from a start-up in 2007 to the $1Bn company that dominated the Greek yogurt market with 60% market share and its subsequent stumbles which led to a need for a $750MM investment from private equity firm, TPG and ceding the CEO position to a “professional…


The Rise of the Chief Analytics Officer

Big data continues to drive conversations in the C-suite. So I’m not surprised to hear that more and more companies are establishing the role of Chief Analytics Officer. What does this new position mean for data and analytics professionals? Will we see a shift toward unified analytics teams? And how can today’s data professional prepare…