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Old 12-26-2018, 02:38 PM
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Soft skills are utterly useless when you're the sole data person in a non-managerial role, and the managers have already made up their minds.

People love to blame soft skills for unreceptive management, but unreceptive management is, well, unreceptive management. Who do you think a company is going to trust: a consultant who is getting paid an absurd amount of money by the hour, or an internal analyst at a $70k salary?
Um, that seems like the most important time for soft-skills. Soft-skills are utterly useless when you're in a large established data-team that dictates what needs to be done based on what the data says. When you're the lone guy you need soft-skills to know which battles to fight, and how to convince management. The more unreceptive they are the more you need to lean on your soft-skills.
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Old 12-26-2018, 02:40 PM
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People making 70k a year rarely have any idea what a good strategy is. Management has a good reason for not trusting their opinions fully. That's pretty much a kid straight out of college.

JMO of course.


I make a fair bit more than that (humblebrag yadda yadda), but I know enough to know there's more to strategy than what my data analysis says. I stay quiet and listen unless someone asks me for my opinion directly.
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I make a fair bit more than that (humblebrag yadda yadda), but I know enough to know there's more to strategy than what my data analysis says. I stay quiet and listen unless someone asks me for my opinion directly.
Samesies. Probably be a few years before I can meaningfully participate in the determination of strategy.
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Old 12-26-2018, 02:49 PM
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Good insights from the other side of the insurance world- seems like a night/day situation between Life and P&C.
That was my sense. That was one of the reasons I didn't understand how we would better deal with the data science issue as a combined organization. The two sides are in such different places today.
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