Over the last month, I educated myself on the topic, Business Intelligence. I learned a lot about the terminology used across the various industries, common processes, techniques, and business applications. My experience was both rewarding and challenging at the same time.
During the weeks, I conducted research and contributed to group discussions and creative projects on Business Intelligence (BI) topics associated with effective Leadership and Communications. I applied the knowledge gained from academic mentors, scholarly articles and books, and online video repositories to research projects associated with the following areas:
Fundamentals of Exemplary Leadership,
Effective Team Leadership practices,
Business Case Studies: Best Buy’s Successful Turnaround Strategy
PESTLE Analysis, and
SWOT Analysis for business evaluation.
One of my favorite projects I worked on this past month was linked to the data associated with McCormick & Company, Inc. (NYSE: MKC). In particular, I started to design a data-driven solution plan to address an opportunity that I identified with their inventory management system after analysis of their financial statements and SEC 10-K report filings.
For more details on effective leadership practices associated with Kouzes & Posner’s book titled, The Leadership Challenge: How to Make Extraordinary Things Happen in Organizations 5th Edition, check out my leadership series-of-posts:
Synopsis of the book titled, The Leadership Challenge: How to Make Extraordinary Things Happen in Organizations, 5th Edition:
The Leadership Challenge is about how leaders mobilize others to want to make extraordinary things happen in organizations. It’s about the practices leaders use to transform values into actions, visions into realities, obstacles into innovations, separateness into solidarity, and risks into rewards. It’s about leadership that creates the climate in which people turn challenging opportunities into remarkable successes.
The publication of this edition of The Leadership Challenge marks twenty-five years since the book was first released. Kouzes & Posner spent more than three decades together researching, consulting, teaching, and writing about what leaders do and how everyone can learn to be a better leader. We’re honored by the reception we’ve received in the professional and business marketplace. Although we and other authors regularly contribute new works, we are blessed that students, educators, and practitioners continue to find that The Leadership Challenge is still useful to them, both conceptually and practically, and that it stands the test of time. (Kouzes & Posner, 2012)
Overall, I love observing, experiencing, and practicing leadership principles in my own life. To elevate yours, I encourage you to continue to step into the ring, be vulnerable, and start leading because you the know the world needs great leaders to ensure our way of life is not compromised or taken for granted.