We recently received a flattering email from one of our users telling us that her boss was THRILLED (capitalization hers) with the work she had done with eSpatial. The user had created a series of heat maps which her boss was sharing with his superiors. In fact, so impressed was this executive that he was going to create a booklet out of the maps that his assistant had made!
This was very satisfying for us to hear, and we got to thinking if there were general lessons that could be derived from the experience of the user who had impressed her boss. Here’s what we came up with:
1. Be innovative
THE key message if you want to impress your boss: don’t just do the obvious – do something different! Our user didn’t just give the boss what he wanted. She gave him something that he wasn’t expecting, which immediately got his attention. The particular project needed to be expressed in an interesting way – data visualization, in the form of a map, ticked that box.
2. Show you’ve fully thought out solutions
It’s one thing reaching the conclusion to use mapping software, but the really clever part of what our user did was to explore what options mapping software offered for the particular problem at hand. The result was therefore not just a map of plotted data but a heat map, showing levels of intensity of a value per region. Nothing needed to be explained (bosses have no time for explanations!) – insight came in an instant.
3. Become an expert
Our user had never plotted data before. However, because eSpatial can be learned quickly (and our support team will assist in helping you get exactly what you want out of your data), she quickly gained enough confidence to present her ideas to her boss, secure in the knowledge that the data had been expressed exactly as she intended. She came across as a trustworthy expert (if she hadn’t, her boss would never have presented the material to his own superiors!). Good bosses don’t have time to become experts, so they appreciate the expression of expertise in others.
4. Make your work accessible to all
To paraphrase a famous saying: no data mapper is an island. When our user plotted her data, it was accessible in both a physical and intellectual way – that is, it could be viewed by her boss and it could be understood by her boss, respectively. It could also be shared with others – the link could be emailed or the map could be printed. Again, because of the clear nature in which the data was presented – a heat map – no detailed explanations were required to get the meaning across.
5. Make your boss look good
Ah, yes – the clincher! Let’s be honest, bosses don’t get to the top by not taking opportunities that make them look good. And, in this case, the relevant boss immediately knew he was onto a good thing – and took full advantage of it. We’re not of course suggesting that he would not give his assistant due credit for her innovative approach. However, we’re also sure that he would not be shy expressing his own genius in recognizing the validity of his assistant’s work, and then championing it by turning it into a booklet. Besides, wasn’t he the one who hired such a clever assistant?
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