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Explore my views on a multitude of transformation topics.

Business Transformation Types

“Business Transformation” is a term which is growing in use but lacks consistency in its definition. This in turn gives rise to misunderstandings and misuse, and chaos and confusion within many organisations. It’s not uncommon for a firm’s IT implementation team to think they are managing a business transformation,…

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The Business Value in Transformation

Countless transformation programmes are being run with little if any focus on Business Value. Often the Business Case is weak in terms of value estimation, and the words Benefit Management are little more than an academic term. Research by KPMG shows that many companies are disappointed by…

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Chief Digital Officer Roadmap

The Chief Digital Officer (CDO) was said to become the 3rd most in-demand C-level position of 2015, but how can a newly appointed CDO generate momentum from day-one? This sample set of CDO goals can help the C-suite understand what to expect from a new…

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Connecting Consultants with Companies

McKinsey Global Institute has just published this new research looking at the economic growth and employment gains online talent platforms could generate in the decade ahead. In the meantime, CXO Transform is leveraging digital technologies to enable the launch of its innovative new talent platform that will…

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Free Digital Access to 120 PM Books

Gower Publishing and CXO Transform have collaborated to offer all CXO Weekly readers not only 28 days of free access to every one of Gower’s 120+ PM books but also a 40% discount off one year’s subscription to GpmFirst. Visit www.gpmfirst.com to…

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Leaders on the Dark Side of Business

Often unspoken about but still widespread is the behaviour of corrupt individuals who get away with leadership titles for years before the law catches up with them. As leadership expert Professor Andrew Kakabadse wrote last week; “If we continue to avoid shining a light on the dark side of…

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How to Perform Effective Scenario Planning

A team from McKinsey has provided five fundamental do’s and don’t’s of scenario planning, along with a cheat-sheet that helps managers become more aware of, and learn how to avoid the common pitfalls effective scenario planning. You can also pick-up a separate eight-step scenario planning…

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Creating Your Digital Business Model

Digital masters continually evangelise the business value of digitally enabled business models. and provide stakeholders with an agile investment roadmap. But what will it take to create your digital business model? and what does your digital capability framework look like?…

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HSBC Digital Transformation Underpins 25K Job Cut

As HSBC announces its plan to cut 25,000 jobs, underpinning that announcement is the bank’s ambitious plan to generate $5 billion in transformational cost savings, some of which is expected to come from a $1 billion injection into a digital and automation programme. Discover how the bank’s…

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Killing Innovation and Survival

While some companies are killing innovation without knowing it others such as IBM and Samsung have led 2015 with over 6,000 patents between them. In our rapidly changing world, thousands of mighty corporations are taking a shortcut to the digital graveyard as they rest on their…

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Europe's Top 15 Start-up Cities

As start-ups continue to bite into the survival of global organisations, another wave of start-ups is coming to crush the big banks. And while the UK’s banking capital sits at the #1 spot in the top 15 list of Europe’s biggest startup cities UK tech start-ups are expected to…

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New CEO’s Guide to Transformation

Many new CEOs are now expected to lead the transformation of their new ship whether that involves a profound change in strategy, business model, organisation, culture, people, or processes. Small Change is no longer enough to survive. While there’s more than one way to transform a company, this…

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When to Change How You Lead

The topic of Leadership is one that always sparks energised conversation filled with opinions as broad as a barn door. On this occasion, McKinsey’s Leadership Development Practice gathered a group of well-respected experts to answer the question, “is leadership timeless?” and a series of other questions such as,…

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Is Your Project Governance a Sad Bet?

Listen to how a simple yet powerful mnemonic, SADBET, can help others understand the framework for how projects should be governed. Even FIFA’s corporate governance could learn a thing or two from this little mnemonic!…

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When Personal Opinions Damage Corporate Brands

In days of old, costly advertisements, PR and highly sought after press coverage were the main voices of corporate brands, and companies were in control. But the world has changed and the brands can be both built and destroyed through social media that costs nothing. Now when employees express opinions across social…

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The 1% Innovation Solution

When strategy defines a direction and innovation defines the exciting unknown, how can you combine the two? And even if you only devote 1% of time to innovation, does your team have the right innovation capabilities? or do they just feel they can be innovative because it’s a fun and…

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Digital Transformation with a Business Head

The ERP era saw countless companies implementing ERP technology because “they believed they needed the technology”. This resulted in an extraordinary rate of failures because there was little if any focus on the business, and it was all about technology. The same is happening with Digital as countless digital transformation experts…

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Don't Wait for Your Company to Wake Up

Huge numbers of employees complain every day about their leaders lack of transformation, but many sail on and put up with their company’s mediocrity. If you seriously believe you know better than your leaders, get out there and do it.  Gone are the days when a person needs a small fortune…

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Creating Value Through Innovation

Kayak Managing Director Nicolás Scafuro has also worked at Netflix, Ask.com and others. Listen him talk about creating value through innovation.

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Why Millennials are Changing the Game

Millennials are those born between 1980-2000, and their ages currently range from 15-35. No matter what Internet-related business we are in, Millennials are our most important demographic and understanding these people who are changing the game is critical. Regardless how much older generations think of themselves, these Millennials are the people…

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