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Explore my views on a multitude of transformation topics.

Five Steps to Pull Marketing Into The Digital Era

A recent report from McKinsey revealed that a staggering 84% of marketers do not have a formal content strategy or distribution process. Regardless of whether a business consists of a single person or 100,000 employees, lack of a content strategy reflects a lack of strategy-driven digital transformation. Read…

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74% of CEOs Concerned About Disruption

Over 40% of CEOs are at least somewhat concerned about their current business model, while 74% are also concerned about new competitors disrupting their business model. That said, it must be worrying for investors to learn that despite these concerns, 71% of CEOs believe their company will be largely…

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Big Data & Entrepreneurial Breakthroughs

Peter Diamandis and Dan Sullivan discuss cutting-edge breakthroughs for entrepreneurs and how you can use data to gain an unfair advantage. Among other things, Peter also shares one of the most cutting-edge breakthroughs for entrepreneurs, and three actions you can take to grow your business 10x or 100x and positively impact…

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New DTO Chief for Aussie Digital

Australian Government digital services must meet the Digital Transformation Office (DTO) Digital Service Standard, which establishes the criteria that ensures Australian government services are simpler, faster and easier to use. As David Hazlehurst announced his departure from the DTO last week, the new Chief Executive Paul…

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How Leaders Transform Business at NYSE & HP

Listen to two executives explain how they are transforming business at the New York Stock Exchange and Hewlett-Packard. NYSE President Tom Farley explained; “it’s really not a choice if you want to be the leader in tech listings,” and added; “You can’t act like a 200-year-old company.” HP…

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The Road to a Disrupted Car Industry

A lot has happened to the car industry since Ferdinand Verbiest built a steam-powered vehicle around 1672 as a toy for the Chinese Emperor. As this report explains, new entrants and technologies are poised to upset the entire value chain, with a completely different business concept. Yesterday…

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The Why of Transformation

While the “why” of transformation is said to be clear to the majority of chief executives, the response to the “why” often results in initiatives that are by no means transformational. A good probing question to ask your organisation is; “how will our (so-called) transformation initiatives protect against the threat of…

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The Trouble With Transformation

Well-informed leaders and managers know by now that the digital economy calls for them to innovate, digitise and transform their companies. Despite this, many struggle with knowing what and how to transform, which when not remedied, often produces disappointing outcomes and a lot of pain along the way. After…

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How to Transform Business Models With Six Degrees of Innovation

A new 74-page report from the Cambridge Judge Business School concludes that businesses transforming themselves successfully exhibit one or more of six shared patterns between technology and market demand. Read about the six degrees of innovation and how companies leveraging one or more of these business model characteristics can…

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Lessons to Learn about Transformation

Too many organisations still approach business transformation in an IT project-like fashion, which is why many remain riddled with the chaos and confusion that gives rise to the fact that most transformations are not the success stories people expected them to be. Transformation leaders would be wise to…

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Has Innovation Fatigue Set In?

Few things make creative people wearier than empty talk about innovation, and yet the “innovation” word is now so commonplace that it’s at risk of losing its value as a motivating brand attribute. Some company leaders boast about innovation, and yet have no innovation processes in place, or culture where…

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Stakeholder Management Interview

Inadequate management of stakeholder relationships is often the cause of transformation trouble. Despite world-class knowledge of technology and business processes, some folk leading complex initiatives lack the ability to manage stakeholders effectively, and so the troubles begin to take hold. In the 32 minute interview below, Rob Llewellyn talks with Dr…

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Six Tips to Become a Multivocal Leader

Born in Florence, Italy in1389, Cosimo de’ Medici used multivocal leadership to get people to work together and bring out their strengths; and the best leaders still do that today. In this Harvard Business Review article Brian Uzzi suggests that those aspiring to becoming a multivocal leader…

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Smart-Tools for Smarter Transformation

On the one hand companies are bravely embarking upon their digital enterprise transformation journeys, but on the other hand, many are doing so using antiquated tools that give rise to countless horror stories. It’s laughable that $50M transformation programmes are attempting to manage risk in spreadsheets, when tools such as…

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Death by a Thousand FinTech Cuts

In an article called The Now, The Cloud and the Crowd, Stephane Dubois touches upon the fintech revolution and explains that never before has the war been so drawn out and heated. The innovation gap on Wall Street is being called out and the industry…

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Consulting on the Cusp of Disruption

The consulting industry is consistently warning clients why they need to transform, but continues itself to use a business model that has not changed in more than 100 years. Is there a pot calling the kettle black? People-to-people consulting will play a part in the inevitable decomposition of yet another industry.

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Business Transformation Health Check

Countless business transformation initiatives proceed without a health check, because “in the short-term” it’s far more convenient, painless and cheaper to mark our own homework. But in the longer term, the cost and pain can be far greater when fundamental issues are not addressed early enough. Consider having a certified…

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Innovation Partnership Program

The Innovation Partnership Program (IPP) curates a group of 30 Fortune 500 companies that participate in a three-year innovation journey. It helps leaders harness the power of disruptive technology and the wisdom of crowds, and it guides them in developing a roadmap and view of how accelerating technologies in development will impact their…

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Generating $20 Billion in Transformation Value

Many business transformation initiatives are launched with scant regard for Value Management, which is a particularly alien concept for some transformation leaders with a technology background. Read and hear how the former president of Allergan created $20 billion in new value and reduced costs by $500 million, and…

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Corporate Acquisition of Digital Capabilities

Corporate acquisitions have been happening for many years but recently the firms with cash to spare are buying their way into the digital age. Just last week, PayPal bought Xoom, Accenture bought Javelin and in May McKinsey snapped up Lunar to improve its competitive position. But despite…

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