Was It A Give-A-Damn Mistake?

I just watched this excellent lecture about “The Myth of the Genius Programmer” — and yes, Excel users, you are programmers.  One anecdote that really got me thinking is around the 14:45 mark. I found a copy of the anecdote online at The Happy Manager: Tom Watson Jr., CEO of IBM between 1956 and 1971, […]

Peter Drucker: Keep on Learning

All management theory is a footnote to Drucker. I’m reading my first Drucker book. What took me so long? Expect more on the blog. But I could not wait to share this quote from Innovation and Entrepreneurship: “The correct assumption in an entrepreneurial society is that individuals will have to learn new things well after they […]

Excel TV and the School of Hard-coded Knocks

What’s your favorite TV show? Mine is Excel TV, and it’s not just because I’ve been on it.  I love how the show mixes Excel tips and tricks in the bigger picture of business analysis and career development. This week’s topic, starting around the 29:30 mark, fits this perfectly.  Like most career skills, Excel will […]

Accounting: Shearing the flock vs finding the one lost

Become a sought-after analyst. Subscribe for your free ebook, “The Beginner’s Guide to Getting Hired with Excel.” Today I came across this study concluding that accountants don’t have the technical chops needed for data-driven business analysis. This is hard to believe. Accountants and CPAs have a relatively rigorous training, and their job is inherently quantitative.  No, what […]

Hired with Excel: Why You Must Train Yourself

This is part of the “Hired with Excel” blog. Read the last post here. I have drilled home the point that you cannot rely on your employer to train you. I want to elaborate on this point a little more to explain why learning these skills on your own is essential. One of my worst […]