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Explore my views on a multitude of transformation topics.

How to Become a Global Business Innovation Master

The Business Transformation Academy in Switzerland is now accepting applications for the 2015 Global Business Innovation Master which will be held between 8 and 19 June. Among other things, participants can expect to acquire a richer understanding of how to integrate innovative digital technological innovations with new business models, increase…

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Disruption Through Exponential Technologies

Not so long ago, Moore’s law represented an impressive pace of progress, but “exponential” technologies accelerate even faster. We are seeing massive numbers of start-ups, and incubators quickly capitalising on this exponentially growing technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Digital Manufacturing/3D printing, Synthetic Biology, Digital Medicine, Nanomaterials, and others that will transform products,…

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Atychiphobia – The Enemy of Innovation

Atychiphobia is the fear of failure and a phobia that causes some IT leaders to be reluctant to embrace IT innovation. While many IT leaders are keen to adopt new ways of working such as cloud, social and SDN, large numbers are missing a Digital Capability…

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Australian Digital Transformation Office Arrives

Australia’s long awaited Digital Transformation Office (DTO) is now visibly active in the public domain, announcing that it will transform the way public services are designed and delivered, making them simpler and easier to use. Interim CEO David Hazlehurst spends 3 minutes introducing the DTO…

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Talk About Finance Transformation

It takes far more than an understanding of leadership and finance for a CFO to be a successful transformational CFO. Jan Siegmund is ADP’s CFO and he assumed the role without the technical background in areas such as accounting and treasury management. But he came armed…

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How DHL Leveraged The Digital Capability Framework

DHL Freight is a division of Deutsche Post DHL which has almost half a million employees, so every element of a business transformation inside such an organisation is going to be a huge undertaking. Nevertheless, the company embraced the Digital Capability Framework (DCF) and the management…

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Keys To C-Suite Success

A 2014 survey of almost 2000 C-suite executives revealed that executives who move effectively into the C-suite communicate priorities, value their teams, spend time on culture and understanding their role as a leader. But with more than 30% not successfully meeting their objectives, what’s going wrong for these executives who are …

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Education Moonshots For a Digital Age

Massive Open Online Courses have pulled the ancient profession of Education into the digital age, but this is just the beginning, and as with all transformation, technology is only one component, albeit a critical one. Esther Wojcicki recently published “Moonshots in Education” in which she explores digital and online learning…

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Big Problems Inspire Big Opportunities

When a company can identify big problems that they are smart enough to solve through innovation, they create new opportunities for business transformation. But it takes transformational leaders to do this, while the rest make do with Change initiatives, which fall short of Transformation. Let’s not forget that Change creates…

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Leadership Summits That Don't Lull You to Sleep

No CXO would be averse to turning a sleep-inducing leadership summit into a highlight on the annual agenda. If your last summit was a struggle, a better approach will get executive committee members enthusiastic for the next one as they can see what’s in it for them and why the event…

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Transformation Management Capabilities – Podcast

Listen to Rob Llewellyn talk about the transformation management roles and capabilities required for business transformation success. You can read the 360° Business Transformation Journal article that Rob refers to here.

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Digital Capability Framework

No industry is immune to the transformational impact of digital technologies, but only companies with sound strategies and a digital roadmap to harness the opportunities, will be among tomorrow’s leaders. Listen to the audio version of this post, or read the transcript below. There is a…

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Digital Honey for Transformation Leaders

Whether the focus is on strategy creation, innovation, or transformation, etc; many companies struggle to sufficiently mobilise the masses and maintain energy levels. This need not be the case if more executives leveraged social media’s influence in their employees’ private lives and their increased familiarity with new digital-communication tools.

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The Big Disruption of Big Data

As with all digital transformation, profiting from big data is about “business” disruption. The underlying technology is a vital enabler, but the value and competitive advantage is derived through the business. CapGemini surveyed 1,000 CXOs and senior decision makers to help understand where the big data market is going.

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Find Your Innovation Confidence

Innovation is about solving problems (not having bright ideas) but many leaders feel they lack an innovative workforce. Every company can increase their innovation capability, but even a company with an innovation maturity level of 1, already has ways to find out where their customers’ pain points (opportunities) are. Talk…

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Does Prada Wear Digital?

Millions flocked to the movies back in 2006 to watch The Devil Wears Prada as Prada’s success soured. But how well is Prada now wearing Digital? The exclusive brand isn’t looking so fancy with the board’s apprehension to adopt digital being seen as a…

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Digital Enterprise Transformation Book Review

Books about Digital Transformation are pouring out of publishing houses, but only a minority provide the reader with a practical strategic management toolkit that can help them on the road towards their digital enterprise transformation. One such book came from the Business Transformation Academy and SAP at the end of 2014…

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Boeing Exec Shares Six Transformation Levers

Boeing exec Paul Duchouquette has shared six transformation levers, which he explained are shorthand tools to guide the team’s actions. They involve bringing about increases in four distinct areas, which are: productivity, simplification, convenience and collaboration. The other two levers involve checks and balances being implemented to mitigate unforeseen business…

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Innovation: a Game Worth Playing

Large and established firms are often steeped in traditional processes and risk-adverse. Despite the wishes of an enthusiastic and creative workforce, leaders are often reluctant to try new ideas, for fear of failure, and innovation is stifled. Innovation is a game worth playing, and we have the people and tools…

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Avaya Supply Chain Transformation Story

Avaya’s supply chain transformation was fuelled by a desire to spend less time on reactionary activities and more time on high-value proactive activities that would have a real impact on the business. Discover how the company’s leadership and vision encompassed people, process and technology to create the transformation success story (published…

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