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Explore my views on a multitude of transformation topics.

Leading With Cultural Intelligence

Regardless of skills, capabilities and seniority, anyone venturing into unfamiliar countries to work will need to mature their cultural intelligence to be successful. Cultural intelligence being one’s ability to successfully adapt to unfamiliar cultural settings and be truly mindful as they go about their day. Those who believe their culture is “normal” and that all…

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The Transformational CIO – Podcast

Rob Llewellyn talks about the expectations of the CIO, and how CIOs can deliver new business value and competitive advantage using the latest breed of transformation tools.

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How Top CIOs Measure IT Business Value

Kim Stevenson is Intel’s CIO and these 10 words in her Twitter profile are what many a CIO would like to describe themselves as: “Passionate about IT being a strategic part of the business“. However the legitimacy of Kim’s words is backed up by the fact that…

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Digital Misrepresentation and Hype

“Cloud washing” was an attempt by tech vendors to rebrand an old service by associating the word “cloud” with it, and the same is happening with “digital”. While some have undertaken considerable academic and business research around digital and business transformation, others have re-labeled old ways of working that have…

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Transformation Revelations

When the Business Transformation Academy aggregated the health of 13 large-scale European business transformations, the results provided an eye opener for many leaders who would otherwise think they have all aspects of transformation management covered. Only 4 of the 13 transformations were very successful and achieved all their main…

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Cranfield Secrets of Successful Programmes

It is astonishing that with so many published lessons learned and bodies of knowledge that most programmes continue to suffer a common set of symptoms that make them prime candidates for chaos and confusion. Programme management is not rocket science, and yet organisations in every industry and country place…

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Only 13% Quantify ROI of Training

While many suggest that IT needs to quantify return on investment, other areas of a typical company also have improvements to make in the ROI space. In this survey to learn how training efforts drive performance in companies, a staggering 87% of 1,400 executives indicated to McKinsey that they did…

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Parallels of Success in Business and Sport

Having lived in the halls of both international sport and international business, I can draw many parallels between the two. Quotes such as “How you win is how you are celebrated, but how you lose is how you are judged” can also be used to highlight the similarities, but not…

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Innovative Performance Management

One of the challenges transformation leaders face when bringing about transformation of the workforce, is a lack of reliable data. Some companies have no performance management system in place and so are unable to accurately measure the value and return on investment of any workforce transformation programme. This leaves the CEO unequipped to…

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Industry 4.0 – Challenging and Buzzing

The daunting gap between digital aspirations and digital capability was highlighted when McKinsey surveyed executives from the Digital Manufacturing And Design Innovation Institute. While 80% of executives indicated that digital operations are a critical driver of competitiveness, only 13% said they have…

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Can Your Company Win The IET Innovation Awards?

Companies not prepared to become sitting ducks that are waiting to be disrupted have already blended innovation management with transformation management and digital technologies. The IET Innovation Awards are waiting to celebrate the best innovations across 15 categories in science, engineering and technology. Find out more about how your people…

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Branding and Transformation Podcast

Phil Darby of The Full Effect Company speaks with Rob Llewellyn about the disconnect between branding and business transformation. Transcript Rob Llewellyn: I’m speaking with Phil Darby today. Phil is the founder of the Full Effect company, a consultancy that helps organisations build brands and align their business’s…

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Transforming an Analog Firm into a Digital Enterprise

Several years ago, the leadership team at BBVA Bank saw many of the risks and opportunities associated with digital disruption, and they needed to transform themselves into a knowledge-driven digital enterprise. It was clear that customers were changing and that new competitors were appearing. But the transformation of…

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How to Overcome Obstacles that Hamper Innovation

Innovation is about survival and widely recognised as an important driver of economic growth. But believing in innovation is not enough. Neither is using antiquated innovation techniques effective in today’s world of rapid change, digital technologies and ever increasing variables. Mantras and buzzwords are no substitute for solving real…

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Which Hyperscale Business Can Disrupt Yours?

No industry is immune to digital disruption, and anyone who looks no further than their existing competition or country needs a wake up call from someone close, before a Hyperscale Business creates the shock and awe that has disrupted so many stable organisations in recent years. Hyperscale businesses enjoy…

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CEOs Ask ‘what if’

The pace of digital transformation has a lot to do with the return on investment CEOs and their companies have enjoyed from the digital technologies they have deployed in the past. After all, if any business transformation (digital or otherwise) cannot create new value or competitive advantage, what’s the point?…

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Proven Approaches for Business Transformation

Countless consulting firms can now be found evangelising business transformation approaches, which they have developed during a few internal workshops and wrapped up in promotional material for potential clients to read. The reality is that few are based upon empirical research that has been qualitatively and quantitatively analysed, to create the most…

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To Disrupt or Be Disrupted

Leaders of industry disruptors are using digital technology to break into new markets, while others are sitting ducks waiting to be disrupted. CXOs who want to avoid sitting-duck-syndrome need to establish what differentiating capabilities or new value they will bring to stakeholders. They also need to ensure they have…

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Bouncing Back from Failure

With the majority of business transformation programmes struggling and failing to deliver the value and ROI that was sold to excited stakeholders, how can leaders help their people bounce back from such failures? After all, great staff will put their heart and soul into their efforts, but unless the right project,…

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