Big Data or big deal?

‘Big Data’ is definitively one of the buzz words in HR at the moment, with many experts jumping on the bandwagon.

The word on the street is that “everyday, people across the world create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data–so much that 90% of the data in the world today has been created in the last two years alone.” (IBM research)

Imagine then how much data your employees create in their day to day activities.

My question is then, in the world of HR, is Big Data really that amazing or is it just a big ado about nothing?

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Being “Miss Bossypants”

I have a confession to make: No, I haven’t finished reading Tiny Fey’s lauded book ‘Bossypants’, but the parts that I have certainly resonated with me as a female in the workplace. It’s also smart, funny, relevant and surprisingly self-deprecating.

As The New York Times review of the book says: “It’s a fair representation of Ms. Fey’s self-image as a smart, unyielding woman who has forced her way to the top of what is usually a man’s profession. “Only in comedy,” she writes, about interviewing for a writing job on “Saturday Night Live” in 1997, “does an obedient white girl from the suburbs count as diversity.” ”

Ok fine, so maybe the function of Human Resources is  seen more as a female domain rather than a traditionally male profession as compared to Tina Fey’s example. However, when individuals start aiming for those few C-suite level opportunities, all bets are off, it’s each for themselves, male or female.

So what does being a female “bossypants” look like from the top?

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Leading like an introvert

Let’s face it, we aren’t all confident extrovert types.

However, as leaders, and more importantly as women leaders wanting to play a strong role in the organisation, the 2 opposites of quiet thinker types and the extrovert-centric workplace that rewards being out there and on stage, tend to increasingly come together and meet with a jarring whack.

I’ve been fortunate enough to gain insights and experiences through my professional career, that have allowed me to find a happy medium between being a internal thinker, and yet not losing my ability to influence others.

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