Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The big potential of Recommender Systems

Can you think of more applications for software recommender algorithms?

When you read a blog post or digital news item, it sometimes gives you a selection of related news items, designed to keep you enjoying the service on that site.  Amazon famously designed the "you may also like" marketing feature that in part contributed to making their site so useful and 'sticky'.  It's not like recommending is anything new: the other day I ordered snacks or food and the check-out staff asked if I would like a drink to go with it - human recommender :) 

Reading today about related work in progress, this time to assist doctors in caring for patients:
“I thought about how the Amazon product-recommender algorithm works and thought, `Can we do this for medical decision-making?’” said the 34-year-old Chen, a VA Medical Informatics Fellow at Stanford Health Policy.
So instead of, other people who bought this book also liked this book, how about: Other doctors who ordered this CT scan also ordered this medication.
“What if there was that kind of algorithm available to me at the point of care?” he asked. “It doesn’t tell me the right or wrong answer, but I bet this would be really informative and help me make better decisions for my patients.”
 Again, can you think of more opportunities?  In education, in training?  In hiring, in business?  In events, in design, in government?  Anything? 

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Where do you want to go today?

Taking time in. A few old university friends and I touched base recently and told me, "You're doing what you said you wanted to do." Now, I don't recall having much clarity on life during my university days but I was pretty steadfast in wanting to travel. Had no plan/idea on how to but I kept that goal in mind. 5 years ago, I said I'll never work a regular 9-5 again and would clock in 20 hour weekends just to beat that and have free days during the week lol. About 3 years ago, I told myself that I needed to travel to a new country at least once year, which I did and now I've found myself in 5 countries since January. Then I told myself I needed to live long-term in at least two different countries before I'm 30 (one down). It does take action to move with life, but no, it doesn't have to be meticulously planned out all the time so don't worry, you're the only one who doesn't have everything mapped out. The urge to be on the move is so ingrained that it's almost second nature to navigate and find opportunities towards just that. Does that make sense? There's no plan B to not finding accomplishments for the goals I set myself. #noforreal #ilegitdonthaveaplan #abudhabi #uae #travelnoire
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Yalla!  Let's Go.  
  You too can travel. 
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Thursday, March 16, 2017

If the door is open to women as well as men, then SAY SO

Here’s a real female-slanted job posting for a chief technology officer at a company, with its name changed to Acme:

And here’s a CTO job-listing that skews male:

Source: HuffingtonPost.com - High-Paying Job Listings Are Written To Attract Men, Study Finds

Where do you stand on this? 

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Keeping Up With L.A.

 Of course, people react to the cult of celebrity differently, with certain populations more susceptible than others. “I think the power of capitalism, and exploiting addiction in general, is looking for insecurities and weaknesses,” Greenfield said. “Everybody that has insecurities becomes a very good consumer. The way marketing works is, if you buy this thing, it will fix what you feel is missing.”
 See PHOTOS: Generation Wealth by Lauren Greenfield

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Wednesday, March 08, 2017

#BeBoldForChange: My Journey from Employee to Entrepreneur

In honor of the International Women’s Day, I’d like to share my perspective on what boldness for change means to me. I’ll describe my transformation journey from an employee to an entrepreneur.

I studied Accounting at the University of Nigeria. Upon graduation, I worked briefly as an analyst in an investment bank. Subsequently, I was employed as a Finance and Performance Management analyst in a global management consulting firm. In my third year, my career path took an unexpected turn. I was assigned to work as a change management analyst on a Modernization project for one of the apex regulatory bodies in Nigeria. Initially, I was skeptical about the assignment, as change management belonged to the field of Human Resources and seemed less structured than Accounting, which I had studied in school. Looking back from my vantage point today, I can trace my subsequent transformation to the 5 steps of the Kleos Change Model.
The first thing I had to do was to identify my stakeholders. As I learned more about the principles and practice of change management, I came to realize that there was more to the field than met the eye. When properly applied, it had the potential to solve personal, organizational and social problems and could bring about a better life for Nigerians and Africans. My vision was not just about personal ambition; it was about touching the lives of others and making a difference.
The second step was to assess the potential impact of the change. To pursue my passion for change management in a consistent and dedicated manner, I needed to count the cost. And the cost was high. I would have to turn my back on Accounting, which I had studied with dedication for years, and move into a totally new field, after a one-year acquaintance. There was another, even graver implication of becoming a change specialist. Because my firm had a preference for generalists, it became clear that my decision to specialize in change management would require me to leave the firm and become an independent consultant. It was a heart-wrenching decision, as I was thriving in my firm, and was perceived to have long-term aspirations and the potential for senior leadership, even partnership. However, at the end of the day, I decided to take the bold step and leave the security of my 9-5 job for the uncertainty of life as a freelance consultant.
The third step was to plan the change journey. I didn’t walk into this blindly; I had a plan. My strategy was to learn, share, grow and eventually develop into a change management expert. I planned to work as a change manager on several projects while recording my insights in my blog (www.the-change-catalyst.com). Eventually, I would write a book on change management and start my own business.
The fourth step was to execute the plan and ‘’work the dream into being’’. Over the next few years, I threw myself into my work. I was privileged to work as a change manager on several projects in multiple industries and multiple locations across West Africa. I eventually came to develop the Kleos Change Model. I registered my change management consulting firm in May 2016, created my website (www.kleosadvisory.com) in September 2016 and launched a month after. Project Change was live!
The final step in managing change is reinforcement. There are times when I resent my 80-hour work weeks, the irregularity of my cash flow and the isolation of being a solopreneur. I sometimes cast a lingering glance at job vacancies and miss the camaraderie of working in an office with other bright, young professionals. However, when my resolve begins to falter, I look back with gratitude at what I’ve accomplished. My dreams of inspiring positive change are coming true!
In summary, I’ve discovered that positive change is possible when you apply the five cardinal steps of the Kleos Change Model:
  • First, identify your stakeholders. The change should be carried out for ‘’them’’’ and with ‘’them’’; never just for ‘’you’’’ and by ‘’you’’.
  • Second, assess the potential impact of the change and commit to paying the price.
  • Third, make a plan.
  • Fourth, execute the plan with relentless focus and commitment.
  • Finally, reinforce the change. Be grateful for your accomplishments and continue to look forward.
I’d like to end with one of my favorite quotes from Winston Churchill. ‘’To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.’’
That’s what boldness for change means to me.
Glory Enyinnaya is the Lead Consultant of Kleos Advisory Services. For more articles on how to manage personal, organizational and social change, subscribe to her posts at www.the-change-catalyst.com.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

We are h-a-p-p-y . p-e-o-p-l-e .

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The Economist recommends a nice, long, rest for the man.  

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Learn from people who work (behind the scenes) in entertainment and music

Eddie Lawani, technical director / event manager

Chioma Ude, film festival founder

Jake Gosling, songwriter

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Jack Ma, storyteller

 Let him motivate you.  

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The ecommerce pioneer was back at Davos this month with more common sense comments on trade and leadership.   

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Optimism // Beautiful world

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Wednesday, February 08, 2017

But trade is not a zero-sum "game"

Matt Yglesias for Vox: Understanding Trade

More on trade as a positive-sum game.

More on the zero-sum assumption in the context of politics:
Consider Trade and deficits - Yes, if you drive up deficits to an excess, there may be risks to sovereignty.
Similarly, consider Growth and inequality - If you allow excessive wealth inequality, your society will be inferior.  etc etc. 

A nice movie I just watched, titled Arrival, actually has nice lessons on work, science/language, and zero-sum assumptions.  

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Monday, January 16, 2017

An agenda for better wealth

Davos is this week, and the agenda is exciting:

What will the assembled agree to do about crippling inequality?  I am very eager to see.

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