Data: Generate, Analyze, Interpret, Visualize, Communicate and Innovate from it

The CTO of IBM recommends people develop the skill of turning data into knowledge. The New York Times featured an article about how new ways to mine or exploit raw data may bring a surge of innovation. McKinsey research identifies big data as the next frontier for innovation and that people with deep analytical skills are needed for this frontier. I believe that data can be transformed into a logical innovation, and that the innovation has the best chance to succeed when it is grounded in data. There are many steps to doing this. First you need to find or generate data related to the challenge you are working on. Next, you organize and analyze this data. Then, you interpret or make meaning of the data. Later, you visualize this data and communicate it to yourself and other audiences. When you have done all of this the innovation could seem obvious. The solution or course of action seems logical when the data presents itself to you. Infographics are a trend and this trend is useful. Communicating data visually helps us to understand. Watch this video of Hans Rosling to see what I mean.

About The Author


Darin Eich is the author of Innovation Step-by-Step: How to Create & Develop Ideas for your Challenge and Root Down & Branch Out: Best Practices for Leadership Development Programs and has a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. Darin was also the president and co-founder of BrainReactions,, and other startups. Darin gives speeches and can be hired to help your institution facilitate, create, and develop innovation programs, courses, retreats, and even conduct assessment or coach staff on developing leadership programs. Visit Innovation Training to see for yourself or email