Enhance Soft Skills for Analytic Success: Defy AI Replacement!

Don't Let AI Replace You Upgrade Your Soft Skills for Analytic Success!
Don't Let AI Replace You Upgrade Your Soft Skills for Analytic Success!
Written by Heather L. Cole, June 13th, 2023


Are you tired of wasting money on fancy business intelligence (BI) and planning software that fails to deliver the promised results?  Well, we've got news for you—it's not the software's fault.  The real culprit behind the lack of analytic success is often a good old-fashioned communication breakdown.  But fear not, dear reader, for we have the solution to your predicament. Instead of mindlessly throwing more money at technology, it's time to invest in something that artificial intelligence (AI) can't replicate—your soft skills!

Time to explore how sharpening your requirements discovery, influence, persuasion, negotiation, and workshop facilitation skills can save your career from being replaced by AI.  And to kickstart your transformation, we invite you to our Analytic Success Bootcamp—a two-day extravaganza where you'll master the art of soft skills and influence factors. Seating is limited, so register today before the robots take over!

The Communication Breakdown Catastrophe:

Imagine spending truckloads of cash on state-of-the-art BI and planning software, only to witness your dreams of data-driven decision-making shatter as you witness end users dumping random data to Excel. Why does this happen?  It's not because the software doesn’t work—it's because you and your colleagues are failing to communicate effectively.  You are failing to create the vision and overcome end users' fears.  The truth is, those pretty pie charts and colorful dashboards look sexy initially but if they are not answering the right questions, they will not be used.   But the problem is your crystal ball and mind-reading skills don’t really work, so you MUST learn the art of overcoming communication breakdown and facilitation.

Reference: Unleash Your Analytic Leadership for Success: Boosting End User Adoption 

Soft Skills to the Rescue:

But fret not, for salvation lies in upgrading your soft skills!  Requirements discovery is the Sherlock Holmes of the analytics world—uncovering the hidden insights that even Watson would miss.  Influence, persuasion, and negotiation skills will transform you into a silver-tongued analytics superhero, armed with the power to sway even the most skeptical stakeholders.  And let's not forget about workshop facilitation—your ticket to orchestrating brainstorming sessions that will make your colleagues' minds explode (in the best possible way).

Reference: Persuading Your Executives to Adopt Analytic Solutions: Applying Pre-Suasion Principles

Executives, Speak Up:

Ah, executives, the grand puppet masters of the analytics realm.  Your strategic goals hold the key to unlocking the true potential of your analytic teams.  But if you fail to communicate your vision clearly, brace yourself for a deluge of meaningless reports and lackluster insights.  It's time to step up your game and learn how to convey your strategic goals with the finesse of a Shakespearean actor.  Paint a vivid picture of the outcomes you desire, and watch your analytics teams transform into decision-making powerhouses.

Introducing the Analytic Success Bootcamp:

Analytic Success Bootcamp

Now, it's time for the grand reveal!  Get ready to save your career from being devoured by AI at our Analytic Success Bootcamp—an epic two-day immersion into the world of soft skills and influence factors.  Our trainers are masters of their craft, equipped with the knowledge and wit to guide you through interactive sessions that will leave you craving for more.  Heather Cole has over 25 years of experience in the analytics world, but she is also a Certified High-Performance Coach, Executive Coach, and lawyer, but don’t hold that against her.  Heather’s unique background and energized presentation style makes this a one-of-a-kind event.  This is the only Analytic Success Bootcamp she has committed to leading so you don’t want to miss it.  Picture yourself in a state-of-the-art IBM Innovation Center in  Dallas on June 27-28, surrounded by like-minded individuals, all eager to catapult themselves to Analytic Stardom and leading AI for good not evil.

But heed our warning—seating is limited, and the machines are advancing.  If you want to safeguard your career and unleash your analytics prowess, register for the Analytic Success Bootcamp today!  Don't let AI be the Grim Reaper of your professional life—rise above the robots and become a soft skills virtuoso.


In a world where AI threatens to steal our jobs and render us obsolete, soft skills become the ultimate armor for analytics professionals.  Stop wasting your hard-earned money on BI and planning software that falls flat due to communication breakdowns.  Instead, invest in yourself and upgrade your requirements discovery, influence, persuasion, negotiation, and workshop facilitation skills.  The Analytic Success Bootcamp is your golden ticket to mastering these essential soft skills and becoming an indispensable asset in your organization's quest for data-driven success.  Seating is limited, so register today and embark on a journey that will save your career from the clutches of AI.  Remember, the future belongs to those who can communicate, collaborate, and conquer with the power of human intellect!

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Analytics Success Klub
Analytics Success Klub
Written by Heather L. Cole, May 5th, 2023

Are you an analytics professional looking to take your career to the next level?  Are you tired of being a behind-the-scenes nerd, crunching numbers all day without much recognition?  Well, we've got just the thing for you!  Welcome to the Analytics Success Klub (ASK) by Heatherized, Inc.

Your Best Investment is YOU

We believe that the best investment you can make is in yourself.  But analytic professionals are often too busy to attend expensive training.  So, Lodestar Solutions in partnership with Heatherized, Inc. is bringing a unique membership program for ambitious analytic professionals that want to go to the next level.   Regardless, if you use IBM, Power BI, Tableau or Qlik, social skills are the secret to promotions, raises and interesting projects.

Soft Skills

We know that analytics professionals often have impressive technical skills, but soft skills are just as important for success.  That's why Heatherized created a monthly membership program designed to help you level up your communication, influence, facilitation, presentation, negotiation, storytelling, and other essential soft skills.

Not a True Story but Could Be

Don't just take our word for it.  Let us tell you a funny story about a socialized nerd leading their company through the data revolution.  We know this one guy, let's call him Dave.  Dave was the ultimate analytics nerd, spending his days holed up in a corner, pouring over data sets and running complex algorithms.  But one day, Dave had an epiphany.  He realized that his technical skills were not enough to get the recognition and success he deserved.

So, Dave started attending networking events, joined a mentorship program, and invested in himself.  He even attended a Tony Robins event.  He worked on his communication and presentation skills, and before he knew it, he was leading a team and presenting to executives.  Dave became known as the go-to guy for all things data-related, and he was even invited to speak at conferences.  All because he took the time to invest in himself and develop his soft skills.

Now, we're not saying that you need to be the next Dave, but we believe that investing in yourself is the key to unlocking your full potential as an analytic professional.  By joining ASK, you'll have access to a community of growth-minded individuals who are all working towards the same goal - career success.

What is ASK?

As a member of our community, you'll have the opportunity to connect with like-minded professionals and learn from industry experts.  Our virtual meetings every month will feature guest presenters, breakout sessions, hot seats, and more.  You'll have the chance to share your experiences and learn from others in the field.  We're here to support you as you grow and thrive in your analytics career.  Heather Cole, an industry thought leader and executive high performance coach will provide ASK members insights and things she learned the hard way as an introvert turned socialized nerd.

Lodestar Clients

And here's the best part - active Lodestar Solutions clients will receive two complimentary ASK memberships for their team members!  Just email services@lodestarsolutions.com with the name of your team members and we will get them registered.  Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to invest in your team and take your analytics capabilities to the next level.

If you are not an active Lodestar Solutions client, no worries, ASK is software agnostic.  The early bird membership fee is only $49/month.  Investing in yourself has never been easier or more affordable.  For the cost of a nice lunch with a friend, you can join our community and start building your skills and connections.  Don't wait any longer to take your career to the next level.  Join us at the Analytics Success Klub - ASK and let's grow together!

You can cancel at any time.  But if you do you will lose access to the ASK library and an amazing network of high performers.

Our first live session is on May 19th from 1-2:30pm Eastern.  We can't wait to see you there!  So come on, join us at the Analytics Success Klub - ASK and let's grow together!