Healing the Hurt in your Life

Heal Your Life and Make it Better

Sometimes, we look back at the most difficult moments in our life and find that there are still some experiences that we have yet to accept. Getting over a situation as not as easy as we think, especially if we’ve been burned badly. A recent divorce have left some men and women unwilling to get into another relationship, a death of a loved one has some denying what actually happened, or a fight with a friend has left people bitter and resentful. Whatever the reason may be, these painful experiences can be traumatic. In fact, some carry the scars all throughout their lives.

Life has a way of revealing its secrets, and as cliché as this sounds, things really do happen for a reason. It’s easy to say when you’re not the one experiencing pain, right? Of course, but then again, we’ve all gone through some sort of hurt at one point or another. And as times passes, we do get over it and see the reasons behind it.

To activate the power of healing in your life, you must first learn the value of forgiveness. This is a powerful thing because it helps us get past the barriers that hold us back. You never forget the things that have happened to you. The memory of it is ingrained deep within your heart. Forgiveness is not about forgetting as what some people might think. Forgiveness is simply an act of acceptance. Things happened to you, and these have emotionally scarred you. Acknowledge the pain and learn from it. If a person hurt you terribly and doesn’t even show any sign of remorse, know that it is not your job to change that person. Just accept the way he or she is, understand the situation, and walk away, if you have to. After all, you don’t have to be a martyr to become a better human being. What will set you apart will be your ability to move on and not look back.

Your heart is central to your healing. Though you think with your mind, your heart feels the pain. It is there when you’ll know if something is just too unbearable to face. Long for peace in your heart and in your soul. Work at it and surround yourself with love. It is your heart that allows you to live in this world, and it is also that which gives you access to a multitude of options for creating the life you truly want to live. It also helps to bless the people you encounter on your journey because they will be a reflection of the state you are in. They can act as a compass leading you to the thoughts and feelings you need to foster. They will help you as you rise beyond life’s ups and downs.

You have to first understand your feelings before anyone can. Ever met a person who left you confused no matter how you tried to comprehend their personality? These are the people who don’t understand themselves. You can approach life by believing in yourself with no explanation needed. Or you can be scientific and pragmatic, baffled over the things you are unable to explain. Know that healing only comes when there is the willingness to accept. With the gifts that life presents to you, you also must learn to accept the fact that everyone must work hard and overcome hurdles to know the true meaning of happiness.

Banking Dashboard – Bank Profitability Screen

Bank profitabilty metrics are of course quite important to the executives of any bank and make for great content on an executive dashboard. I’m reminded of the series of commercials poking fun at how the big-wigs at the  bank don’t care about their customers and only think of the fees that they can charge. I’m sure it’s not that drastic in real life, but, then again, I’m sure that this page of the executive dashboard is the most popular screen in the system.

This screen shows the profitability element of the banking dashboard at http://www.xcelsius.com/Examples/swfs/Banking%20Dashboard.swf  It has interesting flash sliders to model the possible results.

Xcelsius for dashboards really has compelling user interactivity and should be explored by all executive dashboarding teams.

Banking Dashboard Profitability

So what or who is The Dashboard Spy? As his about page states, The Dashboard Spy is just a guy interested in the design of business dashboards. He could not find any executive dashboard design source books and so set about creating his own. Finally convinced to post his extensive collection of dashboard screenshots online, he was amazed to find how popular it has become. If you have a nice screenshot to share, please leave a comment or send an email to info _at_ dashboardspy.com. Also check out The Dashboard Spy’s favorite books.

Flex-based Enterprise Dashboards via the VFX Platform

Long-time Dashboard Spy reader Tom sent me his latest enterprise dashboard screenshots. He’s been creating some very exciting Adobe Flex-based business intelligence systems where the user can enjoy the interactivity that comes from flash-based (swf) files. The demo of the VFX Platform is an impressive presentation of the data from the famous Contoso scenario and allows for some great interactivity. As Tom explains:

This dashboard page view, was built in Adobe Flex via the VFX Platform. Using the rich set of visual components in VFX and Flex we were able to make a compelling visual analysis tool that allows for dynamic slicing along 4 dimensions of data (geography, time, market segment, net-promoter.)   The VFX Platform allows developers to take any compiled Flash .SWF (Adobe Flex OR any other like Xcelsius) and simply upload them to the dashboard portal and then manage access to them via built a built in role based security and content management system.   Once a .SWF is uploaded into the portal it is completely secure and allows end users to then snapshot various charts, graphs, and components to create their own dashboards on the fly.   Demo here:  http://www.dashboardcompany.com/demos/gallery.html

I’m always interested in the usability of enterprise dashboards. I really like how the functionality is explained to the user via the use of the right-side instruction panels (see the description tab on the panel to the right of the business visualizations).

Flex Enterprise Dashboard

Adobe Flex Dashboard


The Dashboard Spy Business Intelligence Dashboards Blog

Dashboard Spy Info: This is another post in the series of business intelligence dashboard studies done by a mysterious individual known only as The Dashboard Spy. No one knows who he is, but his collection of BI Dashboards is becoming quite famous. If you have a business dashboard project that you would like to have featured, send Dash an email at info -at_ enterprise-dashboard.com. Please replace those characters with the @ sign.


Sales Pipeline Viewer Dashboard Screenshot – Tracking KPIs visually through size, color, height

An excellent example of a well designed Enterprise Dashboard. Tags: Dashboard Design, Business Intelligence User Interface Design, Sales Pipeline Enterprise Dashboards

When certain enterprise dashboards get submitted to the Dashboard Spy dashboard screenshot collection, I know right away that it’s a big winner. For us executive dashboard enthusiasts, a digital dashboard sample is worth returning to again and again for study when the following characteristics are evident: there is a working demo online, there is clearly an understanding of the underlying business processes, the user interface is professionally and wonderfully designed, and there are interesting visual solutions used to solve the puzzle of how to visually impart the business intelligence contained in the data to the business user.

Here is a truly wonderful enterprise dashboard that focuses on tracking the sales pipeline. It’s from visual-io.com and available to try out as a Business Week Interactive Graphic. There is a nice write up in this BW article, Picturing a Better Business.

Take a look at this dashboard screenshot and you’ll see that there are several things going on. The size, color and positioning of the dots represent the sales pipeline KPIs. The Sales Pipeline Viewer lets you track the progress of each sales executive’s potential deals through the sales cycle – from qualification to close. The visual aspects of each dot (representing each potential deal) represent certain facts about the deal. In this screenshot, the size of the dot gives the priority, the color of the dot shows the closing probability and the height of the dot relative to the box it sits in shows the expected revenue. The background is important too. There is the concept of a “heat map” – the more deals in any box, the darker its background. This lets the manager instantly comprehend who is “hot” and who is not (always a challenge in a sales management situation).

Sales Pipeline Enterprise Dashboard

Homework: Lots to study here. Let this sample dashboard inspire you to learn the underlying disciplines. If you need to brush up on visual design and User Interface issues, this is a great summary for IT and business-side project members – The Elements of Graphic Design: Space, Unity, Page Architecture, and Type. If you need an understanding of the sales process and how to measure it, take a look at these books on measuring sales performance.

So what or who is The Dashboard Spy? As his about page states, The Dashboard Spy is just a guy interested in the design of enterprise dashboards. He could not find any executive dashboard design source books (or even screenshots of real business dashboards) and so set about creating his own. Finally convinced to post his extensive collection of dashboard screenshots online, he was amazed to find how popular it has become. If you have a nice screenshot of a digital dashboard, balanced scorecard, or any business intelligence graphic to share, please send an email to info _at_ dashboardspy.com. Also check out The Dashboard Spy’s favorite books on business dashboards.

The Square Pie Chart

Do you have pie chart graphs on your business dashboard? Everyone loves the pie chart. Business users love to casually use (and abuse) it as it’s the first graph that comes to mind. And as for you data visualization experts out there among the Dashboard Spy readers, admit it – you just love to hate the pie chart because of it’s constant misuse. (See Don’t Eat the Dashboard Pie Chart)

We’ve looked at the history of the pie chart, so now let’s ask: “What is the future of the pie chart?”. Of course, it will always continue as the defacto first choice among the information visualization newbies, but can it evolve into a variant worthy of advanced infovis use?

Well, there are advanced uses of the pie chart as demonstrated in the article by Jon Peltier, Pie of Pie Charts and other Pie Chart Tricks.

But how about a more dramatic evolution of the pie chart? How about a square pie chart? In his post, Pixels are the New Pies, Anil Dash (how’s that for a name for a Dashboard Spy?!), points out a couple of square variations of the pie chart.

Here is one from wired mag that shows a gadget spending trend chart.

Here’s what I mean by a square dashboard. Look at the upper left corner of this image:

Square Pie Chart style infovis graph used by Wired Magazine

And here is a thumbnail of another square pie chart as mentioned in the Anil Dash post:

Square Pie Charts - a new infographic trend

Updated: Here are some additional examples of square pie charts: Click on the “More” link if you are on the front page of “Dashboards By Example”.

Read More »

Dashboards showing comparative compliance reports for Sarbanes-Oxley

For your design inspiration, here are a couple of scorecards from PreventSys showing a comparative compliance report for the executive audience.

Executive Dashboard SOX compliance 

Sarbanes-oxley dashboard 

So what or who is The Dashboard Spy? As his about page states, The Dashboard Spy is just a guy interested in the design of business dashboards. He could not find any executive dashboard design source books and so set about creating his own. Finally convinced to post his extensive collection of dashboard screenshots online, he was amazed to find how popular it has become. If you have a nice screenshot to share, please send an email to info _at_ dashboardspy.com. Also check out The Dashboard Spy’s favorite books.

First Spreadsheet Dashboard

In the past, we’ve noted that the first computer-based business dashboard was generated by a computer named LEO. It printed out a dashboard report showing payroll statistics for the Lyons Tea Shops in the 1940s. The computer was room-sized and contained over 3000 vacuum tubes. For the full story, see the book A Computer Called Leo.

Today, we look at the question, “What was the first business dashboard for the personal computer?”. Well thanks go to veteran dashboarder, Charley Kyd, for writing me with his story of his Lotus 1-2-3 dashboard reports from 1984. Believed to be the earliest PC-based spreadsheet dashboards, they are still impactful today.

According to Charley:

I’m sure that my Lotus mini-graph reports were the first dashboard reports ever created for spreadsheets. And because there was very little management software available back then, they probably were the first dashboard reports created for personal computers.

To put this thought in its proper perspective, that distinction plus $1.95 might buy me a cup of coffee today.

Let’s take a look at a couple of screenshots. These come from Charley Kyd’s first book Financial Modeling Using Lotus 1-2-3 (1986, Sybex).

First PC Spreadsheet Dashboard

Click the “see more” link to view more screenshots of this dashboard:
Read More »

SharePoint 2007 Project Dashboards with Corasworks Web Parts

These very exciting enterprise dashboard screenshots are just in from a Dashboard Spy reader who is interested in using Microsoft Sharepoint for project management and team collaboration. He attended a presentation from Corasworks, a provider of advanced webparts used to extend native Sharepoint. He was shown a series of project management dashboards in Sharepoint and Corasworks that he found very interesting.

This first enterprise dashboard screenshot shows your task view. Note that the use of the Corasworks webparts allows this Sharepoint application to look not like sharepoint at all. Note the navigation bar on the top, the tabs in the middle and the navigation list at the left. The middle section shows your tasks rolled up from 2 projects (2 different sharepoint lists) and filtered by user (you).

Corasworks Microsoft Sharepoint Project Dashboard

Let’s take a look behind the scenes a little. Here is how to configure the navigation bar at the top. It’s all through web part configuration:

Project Dashboard Nav menus

Editing this particular link brings you this interface:

Enterprise Dashboard menu configuration

Speaking of navigation, note the cascading nature of the tabs:

Business Dashboard Navigation

The native look and feel of Sharepoint out-of-the-box webparts can look totally different. Here is a list. Note that you can take action right from the dashboard view. You can hit Add Item or even launch custom actions.

Project control dashboard

If you want to act on a list item, you can do it right from the project dashboard with a popup utility such as this one for emailing a team member:

corasworks actions dashboard

PMO Collaboration

These webparts can also give you the ability to customize the look and feel with conditional visual indicators such as this list of projects grouped by status. This is powerful functionality without any custom coding. All this is done via configuration of sharepoint webparts from the webpart gallery.

Sharepoint dashboard project status

Sharepoint 2007 has been released to Microsoft partners. It is significantly different from Sharepoint 2003. Take a look at these books on Sharepoint 2007.

The Dashboard Spy Business Intelligence Dashboards Blog


  • Sharepoint 2007 Dashboard
  • Sharepoint dashboards
  • Corasworks Dashboards

Sales Channel Management Dashboards

Dashboard Topic: More Sales Dashboards

Dashboard Spy reader submissions of example dashboards often come in groups. Someone sees a particular dashboard screenshot and it triggers a “hey – that’s something like the dashboard project that I’m working on now” moment, and they send me a link. I’ll post that second dashboard, and soon you get a whole series of dashboards involving a similar theme. It is interesting to note the trends that emerge.

The recent focus on sales dashboards and metrics have triggered exactly that effect and so today’s post also has to do with tracking sales performance. In today’s series of dashboards, we’ll look at the questions that arise when managing sales channels.

Here’s an example of an executive dashboard for management of sales channel information. This dashboard answers the question, “How is my channel performance tracking against goal?” Note the various portlets: Sales to Goal, Sales by Reseller Type, Top 10 Resellers and Top 10 Products.

Sales Channel Management Dashboard

Note that these dashboards are powered by a reporting product called Analytic Insight. It specializes in parsing intelligence out of sales channel data. There is a product feature screencast available at the following link:

Read More »

You might also likeclose