For several years now, I have been associated with a company that enables individuals and organizations, implement Data Governance in their systems. An interesting thing that I have come across is that most people presume data governance to be a technical and analytical field. But the truth is, majority of data governance job roles are actually undertaken by business users. I have found out that most of the successful data governance schemes are run as change management initiatives, which are led and supported by the individuals who possess impeccable soft skills.
At the cost of penning clichéd words, things like passion, enthusiasm and the ability to persuade or motivate others to reap achievements for a goal, be it in Data Governance or any other major programme, will definitely work to stack the odds in your favour. For most of you reading this article, the subject of Data Governance may seem too dry and mundane to be passionate about, something that seems too mechanical and uninspiring. But have you ever thought of this, in this way:
If you do not buy, so won’t they!
And that is not a good news for any of the parties involved.
Having strong communication abilities is always a great asset to have. One may need to convince strangers and that too masses of them, influence them on an individual level, when making proposals of new approaches to governing data. History has it, that there is always resistance to change and having soft skills that can soften this blow of transformation, will be a great tool to manage that resistance and transform it into a positive direction.
So, for those who are working on a Data Governance initiative or aspire to work on some form of Data Analytics or Management field, and have a feeling that communication is not your forte. Then i recommend that you let a helpful hand learn it through proper coaching and practice. After all peering at large data sets does not help with social skills! That is definitely understandable. But you must have a strong orator hidden behind those ‘nerd’ glasses who can translate the complexities of data governance and analytics to the language of the commoners.
I strongly recommend that you use a pragmatic approach when implementing Data Governance and decide to apply the same for your soft skills training.
At whatever stage you are currently in your Data Governance and analytics journey do not forget that spending some time to focus on your soft skills will definitely have a significant contribution towards the success of your initiative.
You can learn more about Data Analytics and governance along with soft skill training at DexLab Analytics.