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Explore my views on a multitude of transformation topics.

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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Digital Capability Acquisition

For many organisations, their people and tools are an excellent fit for that particular operational business. They enjoy folk with years of experience running the business, and if they are lucky, even in making small changes. Similarly they have adopted world-class operational tools to support them. But few organisations have the luxury…

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Leadership Habits of Mind

Leaders of highly successful ventures often take unconventional approaches to achieve their success. Being innovative and thinking differently is what sets them apart from those that are simply trying to keep their boat afloat and fend off disruption and the consequences of corporate complacency. In a new book called…

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Lean and Digitized Innovation

Innovation Management helps companies systematically foster ideas and develop innovations with remarkable efficiency. Every organisation is brimming with innovation potential, but a lack of process and structure results in innovative power going to waste. One approach to consider is based on “the 7 Ds”: define, discover, design, develop, digitize, deploy,…

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CFO Digital Strategists

It’s not just the CIO, CMO and CDO who should be getting to grips with Digital Transformation, because as with any transformation, digital enterprise transformation should be led from the top. Both the CEO and CFO have a responsibility to deliver shareholder value, and in today’s digital-shift, it is clear that they…

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Unilever and The Digital Capability Framework

Unilever is a world-leader in digital transformation, which was reinforced when Gartner placed it at #4 in its 2014 supply chain ranking. But life for many firms is not the same, and most reading this post will have witnessed at least one company that runs projects and programmes with no perceived value for value…

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Stakeholder and Consumer Value Alignment

Corporate stakeholders and consumers increasingly care not only about how sustainable a company’s products and operations are, but also about what a company stands for. The majority of global brand leaders now know that ignoring this is bad for business, and sooner rather than later, all companies will come to…

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