A Must Have Tool: The Data Visualisation Catalogue

Had to repost this. Excellent resource for data visualisation designers

Michael Sandberg's Data Visualization Blog

Data Visualisation Catalogue


This is something I find to be very worthwhile and a great tool to have available when you have data, but can’t decide on which visualization is best to use.

The Data Visualisation Catalogue is currently an ongoing project developed by Severino Ribecca.

Originally, Severino started this project as a way to develop his own knowledge of data visualisation and to create a reference tool for him to use in the future for his own work.  Fortunately for us, Severino thought it would also be useful tool to not only other designers, but also anyone in a field that requires the use of data visualisation regularly (economists, scientists, statisticians etc).

Severino website is very comprehensive, detailed and can help you decide the right method for your needs.

He plans on adding in new visualisation methods, bit-by-bit, as he continues to research each method to find the best way to explain how it…

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Get Social, Embrace Disruption: Serving the Connected Customer

Some important points about why going digital is not the same as digital leadership

Paul Taylor

I’m thinking it’s about 6 minutes to midnight on the Digital Doomsday Clock.

Time is running out on the organisations who are yet to board the bus. Yet to start the journey to being different businesses serving changed customers on a multiplicity of screens.

1 in 4 Executives from around the world believe the time has already come to implement digital transformation across their organisations, and that doing so is already a matter of survival. For 63% – the pace of change isn’t happening quickly enough.

I’m in agreement – there are 3 things we need to do , and quickly

1 – Get Social

Having a Twitter account and using a hashtag at a conference doesn’t equate to digital leadership.

The concept is still developing , but the effective digital leader doesn’t say “change takes time” or “there are barriers in the way”. To quote from an excellent article by

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My final MBA assessment on organisations and leadership: cultural change in the NHS

Below is an excellent and clear account of the nature of culture change being implemented across NHS organisations as you read this, including my own. The nurturing of a Pervasive Knowledge Culture (PKC) across the NHS is increasingly recognised as a priority for organisation leaders, and marks a considerable departure from command and control techniques that characterise historical responses to financial and political pressures.
I have reblogged this for the benefit of those who find themselves increasingly affected by the changes that ensue, but have not yet had it clearly laid out for them. A crucial element of PKC is that all involved should know the nature of the change so that they can better contribute to and benefit from the improvements in quality of care, which depend fundamentally on improvements in cross organisation communication and our own experience of work.
For those that ask ‘What is Yammer for?’ or ‘Why do we need access to Social Media?’ or ‘What’s wrong with sticking with Excel 2003?’ I believe you’ll find the answers below.
You could also do worse than follow the author, Dr Shibley Rahman @legalaware

The value of health

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I once did an assessment on cultural change for my MBA organisations and leadership. I would like to share it with you as an example of how this sort of problem, in the NHS, might be approached. Please note that this case study is entirely fictional. I am posting this solution of mine as an example for teaching purposes. I was successfully awarded my Master of Business Administration from BPP Business School at the London Guildhall in September 2012.


The case study of Reddix presents a failing NHS Trust where a number of clear problems have been identified, and external consultants have presented to senior management at the Trust a solution for implementing a “pervasive knowledge culture” (“PKC”). Managing change in the NHS has been the focus of much energy in the NHS in recent years, but thankfully clear guidelines exist as to how a successful cultural…

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Some things are just too heavy for Superman to lift

Ahh..reblogging a bit lately rather than posting – sorry, but while I try to find a protected hour here’s an important contribution to the debate on Leadership in the NHS which recognises that everyone can contribute (and many do) to ensuring the best possible outcomes for patients and communities.

Rob Webster

Heroic leadership has had its day. It is a notion that doesn’t work in complex systems. It can also have dangerous side effects. From major corporate failures in the US to tinpot dictatorships. Commentators and researchers such as Beverly Almo-Metcalfe have been suggesting this for some time and that a new approach to leadership is more effective in the 21st Century. One that focuses on distributed leadership, underpinned by core values such as dignity, respect and trust.

Not everyone agrees. The Health Service Journal probably reflects the chatter around the NHS as it seems to constantly question where a new Superman will come from to rescue NHS England and, by some feat of heroism, the whole of the NHS. Who will this new Superman be, they seem to ask, who will wrestle the monsters of demand, cost effectiveness, fragmentation into submission?

My advice. Stop looking  – as the Flaming Lips once wrote:

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Ctrl – Alt – Delete or #RebootMedway

An exciting week coming up for Medway Maritime Hospital as they launch #RebootMedway


Reboot Medway logo

Tomorrow is an important day for #TeamMedway for six days we shall be rebooting.

Like any computer, sometimes you need to ‘turn it off and back on again’ – I can almost hear you say “that’s what my IT team always say” – well more often than not the characteristically expected response usually works (for me anyway).

For those cardiac nurses amongst us, imagine a patient in atrial fibrillation who is haemodynamically unstable requiring a cardioversion, a synchronised shock will help set the abnormal electrical rhythm back into sinus – hopefully with the patient feeling much better.

Here at Medway Maritime Hospital our bed occupancy has been running at over 100% for a number of months, despite lots of hard work by our fantastic ED Team the 95% ED 4 hour quality standard has not been achieved and patients have been telling us that their experience of the emergency pathway…

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Just walk away and don’t look back…never look back

An idea that has been quietly percolating over the last couple of months finally raised enough steam to generate action this week. But first some background…

In the latter tenth of the last decade I gave my life over almost entirely to studying philosophy. Not the hippy slippy new age holistic pseudo-scientific pick and mix buffet of designer worldviews that were characteristic of a paranoid schizophrenic decade that in turns shivered and basked in the shadow of a looming millennium. No, I was determined to do the hard yards, learn it all, from Thales to… to.. uh..(come on, someone not dead, but not a complete arse…but well known…but not a complete arse…Got it!) the intellectual giants of the present day. So, I rocked up to Cardiff Uni with the sort of naive optimism that only the completely ignorant can muster and started reading, writing, listening, arguing, repeat. For three years. Turned out I was pretty good at it, so I came to London and kept on doing it, and after reading and writing and listening and arguing (and sometimes teaching) over and over, I started this shiny new millennium with not one, but three different philosophy degrees. Officially qualified to profess on Logic, Metaphysics, Ontology, Epistemology, Language, Mind & Morality, (Ancient & Modern).

I celebrated my ascension to the giddy rank of Doctor of Philosophy by taking a break from reading and writing and arguing and in particular repeating. I was done for now. I’d done everything I’d set out to do and more. I started doing something else.

And I never went back

So what about this idea (I hear the three of you who have persevered this far say, somewhat reluctantly, not wishing to offend)?
I found myself – after thirteen years – wondering whether anyone might be interested in the final outcome of all this reading and writing and arguing and teaching. In this new digital age there is no barrier to me pulling my cheaply bound thesis down from the topmost of top shelves, and…and…what? Overcome the first obstacle is what. Although I wrote the damn thing electronically, I possess no digital copy, and frankly, my funds rarely stretch to luxuries. This particular episode of whimsy was definitely filed under ‘self-indulgent luxuries’ so, as getting my thesis scanned and sticked was out of the question, nothing to do but sit down and type it out all over again.

 Ugh! Unnecessary bold and underline, inconsistent (and unnecessary) capitalisation, pointless full stop

I must admit I rather relished the idea of physically recreating the past by repeating each individual keystroke that survived the final edit. While applying the mandatory level of procrastination required before undertaking such an epic task I mused about the impending pleasures of re-inhabiting my younger self; what insights might this adventure yield? Procrastination, as it so rarely does, led to the first act. I began dutifully retyping the abstract, noticing that it was probably the last part I’d written, despite living proudly on the first page. Halfway through I stopped. I read what I’d written. I closed the laptop lid. I opened it so I could shut it down completely. Computer off. Cheaply bound thesis replaced out of reach. I’d found out what I needed to know, what I should have known but somehow had forgotten. I didn’t care. I really didn’t care. I didn’t care about the argument between the Simulation theorists and the Propositional theorists about Theory of Mind. I didn’t care about my contribution to that argument, I didn’t even care about my exegesis of Aristotle’s concept of phantasia in De Anima which suggested a new perspective on the role of imagery in conscious thought. And if I didn’t care, I couldn’t imagine anyone else caring. Certainly not enough to read 300,000 words about it.

This experience has led me to a question. I am convinced that my knowledge of philosophy benefits me in a multiplicity of ways. It informs my decisions and enhances my experience. So why is it that I cannot abide academic philosophical writing? Why is it I can’t bring myself to engage in the endless sub-sub arguments, each one more multiply qualified and over referenced than the last? Why is it that the philosophy generated by the academy, my own contribution included, is so very dry and, ultimately, about so very little?
So, that happened this week
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Treating people with compassion is a by-product of organisational cohesiveness, says Angela McNab

An important perspective that has not been heard to often lately

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Are we programmed to innovate or stick with what we know? Welcome to the Jungle…..and the Big Beasts

An interesting debate, with a few contributions from me and a lot of dancing with ideas

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20130806-230110.jpgLast week I observed something at the edge of my knowledge, a discussion about……, innovation and evolution. A potent combination that elicits strong opinions, and a jungle that I don’t fancy entering. So, I’ll just commentate from sidelines like a ‘low rent’, bloggy David Attenborough…. “experience the thrill of two big beasts slugging it out, blow for blow…..”

This is how the scene at the metaphorical jungle watering-hole presents itself.

Typical Friday morning in the jungle. I retweet one of my posts about how some big organisations have ‘ideas antibodies’. I’d proposed that big organisations, (and many people), don’t really like new stuff, and do things to make sure that innovative ideas are killed-off. The analogy of a biological immune system, antibodies congregating to neutralise the effect a foreign body, seemed to fit quite well? It was a post that has been inspired by listening to Dave Snowden.

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How Social Is Your CEO?

A coherent and persuasive case made for CEOs to have an online presence.
Also, an interesting comment endorsing Yammer

Paul Taylor

Last week I ran a workshop for a number of Chief Executives. Whilst preparing my slidedeck (which is featured above) I spoke to a friend who is the Managing Director of a medium sized business.

They have a very basic website. No media links.

When I asked why he doesn’t use social media , he answered simply:

Paul , I don’t have the time you have. My customers don’t use it. There is no reason for me to waste any time on it. I’ve asked my staff on many occasions what the business case is and all they say is – everyone else is doing it, we should too….

You know what? If I was him I would be exactly the same. If people can’t articulate a compelling reason for social why would a very busy person waste their time on it?

If your CEO isn’t using social, or doesn’t see that embedding…

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Thank You All – Now the Work Begins


This is a brief post to say a big Thank You! to everyone who supported me in my successful bid to become a governor on the Guy’s & St Thomas Council of Governors.

I’d also like to thank Chris Brasted for wishing me good fortune immediately after the results were published. A fine candidate. I very much hope he will stand again when  the next opportunity arises.

Finally I’d like to thank everyone that voted, whether it was for me or for Chris.  The Council of Governors has an important role to play in the Trust’s future, and the more the non-clinical staff constituency participate, the greater our influence. The overarching aim is to ensure the best outcomes for the Trust as a whole; for its patients, its staff and for the broader community it serves.

I welcome feedback here in the comments, through Twitter @brynrwilliams

 on LinkedIn:  uk.linkedin.com/in/brynrwilliams

Or – if you have GSTT email – on Yammer the Trust’s internal social networking environment.

I’ve reposted my priorities below, so you can more easily call me to account on what I am doing to promote them:

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