If you are asked in a job interview ‘what languages do you speak?’ would you consider your ability to read, analyze, work and communicate with data as an answer to that question? You’d be right to. Described as the second language of business by Gartner, data literacy is tipped to be the most in-demand skill by 2030.
Not only is a data literate organization more agile, prepared and innovative, it is more likely to hold on to its people. In the last 12 months, 35% of employees have changed jobs due to a lack of data literacy upskilling and training opportunities.
Becoming a data literate organization isn’t just about training, however, but also about behavior change and a mindset shift to reach a point where people actively and instinctively analyze and question the data that’s in front of them to drive in-the-moment insights and smarter decisions and action.
Establishing this culture of curiosity, collective problem solving, consistent questioning and testing of insights for every business decision doesn’t happen overnight. It’s an ongoing journey that can be enabled with seven key principles in mind.
85% of executives believe that data literacy will be as vital in the future as the ability to use a computer is today. To be successful in that future means putting in the foundations now on which to start building a data literate organization. Foundations such as curiosity, intellectual humility, the ability to think differently and of course, the language with which to make smarter, more informed decisions.
To find out more about the journey to becoming a data literate organization, take a look at The Seven Principles of Data Literacy: A Blueprint to accelerate your business toward its data-driven future.