James Brenza and Maureen Metcalf Appear on NPR’s Craft the Show

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In an interview with Doug Dangler from Craft, Brenza and Metcalf discuss data scientists’ successful project implementation through a focus on aligning analytics with innovation. The program spotlights “Evaluating Big Data Projects – Success and Failure Using an Integral Lens” recently published in the leadership journal, Integral Leadership Review.

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With an increased focus on information analytics, the risks of lagging or failing projects are rising

With an increased focus on information analytics, the risks of lagging or failing projects are rising due to the complexity of the initiatives, and the lack of available and skilled resources. Written by James Brenza, Chief Data Officer for The Ohio State University, and Maureen Metcalf, CEO and founder of Metcalf & Associates, the paper evaluates “big data” project implementations through the lens of leadership and organization transformation using models introduced in the book, Innovative Leaders Guide to Transforming Organizations. The models identify key success factors that drive successful projects and also identify what was missing in failed projects.

Big data projects are becoming more common and the ability to implement them effectively provides organizations with a competitive advantage. The authors selected “big data” projects because of their complexity and the belief that successful implementation requires effective leadership, an awareness of and an alignment with culture, and a strong process-based approach to implementation. A primary reason for transformation failure is that leaders focus on the systems, rather than the larger context that includes themselves as leader and the organizational culture. Because innovative leadership influences by equally engaging the four dimensions or belief, action, culture, and systems, innovative leaders are uniquely qualified—and have a much higher success rate—to transform organizations.

If big data projects are done poorly, organizations lose valuable resources and, in many cases, lose credibility among their workforce, as well as within their markets. The paper focuses on the importance of data scientists practicing Innovative Leadership to successfully implement projects.

During these times of increased complexity, failed change initiatives, and an accelerated need for change, it is crucial for organizations to identify new models that address these challenges while maintaining efficient and effective operations. The stakes are high to “get it right,” and the Innovative Leaders Guide to Transforming Organizations models provide insight, tools, and a framework that increase the probability of success and implement sustained change.

Craft, a radio show hosted by Doug Dangler and aired on WCBE, 90.5 FM, Central Ohio’s NPR Station, the show examines the act of creating, working to tease out why and how people engage in creative work with conversations and a variety of guests. Craft continues the focus on creativity started by Dangler’s earlier program, the long-running Ohio radio show Writers Talk presented by The Ohio State University

Brenza is the Chief Data Officer for The Ohio State University with over 20 years of technology and business expertise, and transformational initiatives. Brenza was educated at Akron University and The Ohio State University, and holds degrees in both Information Technology and Finance, and an MBA. He also holds certifications in Project Management and Six Sigma. He has applied his leadership and technical skills at global and Fortune 50 companies including IBM, GE, BMW, and Kroger.

Metcalf & Associates, Inc., is a leadership development and management consulting firm that uses an integrative approach to help leaders and their organizations innovate how they lead and how they operate, helping them to thrive in a rapidly changing environment. CEO Maureen Metcalf is an acclaimed thought leader who has developed, tested, and implemented emerging models that dramatically improve leaders and contribute toward organizational success. Go to http://www.innovativeleadershipfieldbook.com to find out more about Metcalf & Associates and for information about all the workbooks in the series.

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