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Explore my views on a multitude of transformation topics.

The 6 D’s of Exponential Business

While the word “Digital” has become another buzzword, it is only the first of 6 D-words involved in disrupting industry after industry. Listen to Singularity University Co-Founder Peter Diamandis describe the 6 D’s: Digitalization Deception Disruption Demonetization Dematerialization Democratization Then ask “what is my company doing like this?”…

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How to Manage Tough-to-Measure Performance

If your performance review system prevents your managers from recognising and rewarding people, or discourages your associates from pursuing innovative ideas, maybe it’s time to re-think your approach to performance management, especially when performance is hard to measure.

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Breaking Banking Into Bits

The information advantage that investment banks have traditionally enjoyed is being eroded as the flow of information moves away from banks and into new channels. This progress is allowing data to be created and controlled by non-bank entities. Discover how digital disruption is breaking banking into bits.

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Why Lean Isn't Always Best for Innovation

The planet is littered with digital and physical rubbish and we need to encourage anyone in an innovation role to focus their efforts on improving the human condition and changing our world for the better. Plenty has been said and written about the benefits of the Lean approach, but consider what might…

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MIT Sloan CIO Symposium – 20 May

On 20 May 2015, CEOs, CIOs and other senior business executives from around the world will explore how leading academic research and innovative technologies can help address the practical challenges faced in today’s rapidly changing world. Read and listen to more about the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium.

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The New CEO’s Guide to Transformation

For most new CEOs, the imperative to change is a given, while effective transformation leadership is not. High performing CEOs rapidly define a bold transformation ambition, move forward to energise the organisation, prepare the programme, and drive the transformation with quick and decisive action. Read the new CEO’s guide to transformation.

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Is Digital Lost in France?

In 1977, Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler sang about being lost in France but almost 40 years later, is Digital getting lost in France too? Even though French retailers continue to invest in digital strategy, when it comes to digital evolution among its peer countries, France was found to…

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5 Barriers To Successful Business Transformation

In a 2015 business transformation survey by KPMG, 34% of CEOs indicated that their previous transformations have failed to achieve their targeted business benefits. Failure to adequately address required operating model changes, inability to execute effectively and failure to undertake effective value management, are just some of the causes of transformation failure.

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The Real Money in Bitcoin

In the way that Spencer Silver discovered a weak adhesive (which formed the basis of the Post-it Note) while attempting to create something else, a similar fate might await Bitcoin. While many see Bitcoin as the future of money, a growing group of investors and entrepreneurs believes the cryptographic techniques at…

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DuPont CEO Stands Firm on Transformation

The measure of a company’s transformation success is often a debatable subject. Obviously most CEOs will have had their teams pull together the most attractive numbers to support their success, but as DuPont CEO Ellen Kullman found recently, some might not agree with claims such as; “our transformation…

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The Risk of Mobile Deployment

While mobile working has become the norm in many modern working environments around the world, along with flexibility and convenience comes the need to manage the very real risks that mobile deployment can expose unsuspecting organisations to. To help leaders evaluate mobility solutions, consider these six key areas…

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€415bn Digital Single Market Strategy

Last week the European Commission released its digital strategy which outlines 16 initiatives, in an effort to create €415 billion in additional European growth annually. The three pillars on which the strategy is based involve better access for consumers and businesses to digital goods and services across…

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The Making of a Successful Digital Marketer

Digital marketers have been said to have the most entrepreneurial jobs in marketing, and in this digital age, what makes a good digital marketer also helps make a good entrepreneur. The best digital marketers act and think independently and passionately, they map digital tools to business objectives, they balance strategy,…

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Digital – What's The Real Point?

Thousands of CXOs want to see their organisations become digital, but is being mobile, social, cloud-based and data-driven all it takes? Many organisations will suffer the consequences of being detached from concepts of value management, as they focus largely on technology, as was done in the technology-blinkered ERP efforts of years gone…

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What Innovation Leaders Do Right

Do you really innovate? Are your people motivated, organised and rewarded to repeatedly innovate? Do you create new business models?  These are just a few of the questions that can test how good companies really are at innovation. Although well-established companies tend to be better executors than innovators. Learn about …

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Kiwi Transformation Programme Governance

While transformation leaders need to carefully manage risks to effective governance, there are a raft of other considerations. These include, but are not limited to ensuring; adequate governance arrangements are adopted, independent quality assurance reviews coincide with times of high risk, longer-term people capability, capacity, and succession planning is in place, and ensuring the…

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Is Modern IT Transformation Struggling?

While some companies still face the challenge of implementing ERP, some mature IT establishments are exploring or embarking on digitally enabled business transformation. However, far too many IT leaders and architects are still stuck using the tools and skills that were fit for traditional IT. Ask your IT folk what…

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Digital Transformation, Execs & The Gap

The technology departments of most corporations are struggling just to keep applications operating, let alone leveraging new digital technologies to increase competitive advantage. So while CEOs want their CIOs to be leading digitally enabled business transformation, many CIOs are too bogged down in traditional IT to step up to the…

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The Games People Play

There is an increasing number of businesses beginning to understand the power of gamification platforms, but can gamification solve enterprises’ engagement problem? Many believe that the dream of harnessing customer and employee data can become a reality through gamification, and even SAP has just announced that…

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92% Recognise Innovation Importance

To survive and thrive in today’s dramatically changing world, all businesses must work hard to stay ahead of the curve. Continuing with old business models for all types of business will eventually result in closure and a recent survey revealed that 92% recognise the importance of innovation.

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