All managers must become more facile with data. 

You must learn These six inter-related skills if you don't have them already.

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1. Collect and explore some simple data, on your own

"How to Start Thinking Like a Data Scientist"

 November 29, 2013

2. Understand the distinction between correlation and cause and effect

"How to Explore Cause and Effect Like a Data Scientist"

February 19, 2014

3. Present smoking hot graphics that help others see the messages in the data

"Data Doesn't Speak for Itself" 

April 12, 2014

4. Dig deeper to find the hidden gems in the data that help create value

"Even the Tiniest Error Can Cost a Company Millions"

August 7, 2014

5. Combine your intuition with analyses to make data-driven predictions

"Algorithms Make Better Predictions, Except When They Don't"

September 17, 2014

6. Do not be fooled by simple analyses that don’t hold up on a deeper look.

"When It Comes to Data, Skepticism Matters"

October 22, 2014