I recently conducted a study with a large, multinational company to figure out how to increase employee engagement. After the data collection was complete, I ran the data analysis and found some intriguing results that I was excited to share with the firm. But a troubling result became apparent in my analysis: This organization had rampant discrimination against women, especially ambitious, passionate, talented women. Although this result was based on initial data, and was not particularly rigorous, I was convinced that managers at the collaborating organization would like to hear it so that they could address it.
"What to Do When Someone Angrily Challenges Your Data" is from hbr.org, published on April 5, 2017.