Could Spreadsheet Developers Use the IKEA Effect?

I have been watching “Universal Principles of Design” on Lynda.com, an absolutely fascinating series on design with rather un-intuitive — and powerful — lessons for us spreadsheeters. I have frequently taught that your most important job as an analyst is to make your boss’s life easier — namely, by providing, timely, accurate, insightful data preparation […]

The 50/50 Rule of Career Development

This is a preview of my forthcoming course on networking for analysts. Learn more at georgejmount.com/networkingcourse . Weinberg and Mares in Traction: How Any Startup Can Achieve Explosive Customer Growth give a 50/50 rule to startups – spend half your time building a product and half your time marketing it. I believe the same rule […]

Why Be a Social Analyst?

This is a preview of my course on networking for analysts. Learn more at georgejmount.com/networkingcourse. I was introduced to the concept of the “social employee” by Mark and Cheryl Burgess, who argue that companies can build a strong brand through the content and creation of their own employees. I took this concept to heart and […]

The Biker Bar Fallacy (Slides)

Read the original post here. This is a preview of my forthcoming course on networking for analysts. Learn more here.  I’ve gone to conferences on everything from content marketing to economic measurement.      Sometimes I got funny looks at these conferences. I wouldn’t go back to a lot of these conferences, but they have taught […]

What Makes a Good Analyst? And How Do You Interview to Find One?

A feature of my blog has been turning Excel skills into career opportunities.  My first course was a deep dive into getting “hired with Excel.” What, as I said, does “every analyst need to know?”  This included not just essential Excel skills but how to find the right job and impress hiring managers. My second […]