As the CEO (Chief Excitement Officer) of DisruptHR, part of my role – along with my Partner Chris Ostoich – is to encourage and support our community of volunteer organizers, and to help spread the great ideas that are being shared at the local events through 5 minute talks that include 20 slides advancing automatically every 15 seconds.
Each week, I share one of my favorite 5-minute talks from the talented and brave speakers who have taken the stage at the 14 DisruptHR events (to date). Enjoy!
This Week’s Featured DisruptHR Talk:
Title: Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics
Speaker: Dwane Lay – VP of Customer Experience at Dovetail Software / Website / LinkedIn Profile / Twitter – @DwaneLay
Where/When: DisruptHR Cleveland 2 – February 5, 2015 in Cleveland, OH. #DisruptHRcle
Summary: What can statistics show us? What can they hide? And how do you use your powers for good?
Content Rating: 4 of 5 Angels (1 swear word)
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Notes from this DisruptHR talk:
“I love statistics, and when I think of ‘disrupt’, I can’t think of anything more disruptive than asking a room full of HR people to do math.”
So what can statistics show us? What can they hide? How do you use your powers for good?
Average is a word that’s thrown around a lot. Globally, the average human being is a 28 year old, right-handed Chinese man with a mobile phone and no bank account. How many of those are in the room? Zero. Because average is meaningless. It means nothing.
Graphs are meant to take data and turn it into a story. However, charts and graphs can also be a great way to show, or hide, information – depending upon how you use them.
When reviewing data, context matters. There’s a big difference between correlation and causation. They’re not the same thing. Using correlation to imply causation tends to show information in a false way.
What’s the point?
Watch what people tell you. Watch the words they use. Watch the way they build charts. And call people on their BS incessantly.
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DisruptHR was built on the belief that how we’ve approached people and talent in the past won’t be the best way to approach them in the future – and with the idea that ALL business leaders (not just HR) need to take some risks, to stir the pot…in short, to DISRUPT in order to compete in the global marketplace.
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