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Explore my views on a multitude of transformation topics.

Dangers of The Transformation Illusion

Transformation illusions occur when companies believe they are undergoing transformation, when in fact they are only making small changes. It’s not uncommon for Transformation to be confused with Change, and George Westerman of MIT painted this perfectly when he explained; Right now, there are countless companies informing their workforce and stakeholders…

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The Future of Work and Management

THE OPPORTUNITY WITH THE PRESENT It’s 2016. What does the digital future hold? Sales of mobile devices (e.g. smartphones and tablets) have passed that of desktop computers. These devices have massive computing power. Coupled with access to a whole marketplace of personal and business apps, consumers now find themselves…

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The Leadership Team Is the Company Culture

Company culture is a critical success factor in digital transformation initiatives, and digital transformation impacts three areas of opportunities, in their order of importance: people, process and technology. Unfortunately, between IT organizations and their respective consulting partners, the focus has almost always been the last – technology. Why?…

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Culture As Business Enabler

Learning Culture as the Enabler of Business Transformation In my previous CXO Weekly article, I discussed the importance of strategy as the primary driving force in digital transformation. Strategy plays a critical role – it has potential to positively impact the three areas of transformation: people, process and technology.

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Watch the Digital Business Transformation Iceberg Video

The Digital Business Transformation Iceberg helps to show how the conscious mind of digital leaders should be focused on far more than the tip of the iceberg. Listen to Rob Llewellyn introduce the Digital Business Transformation Iceberg in the 3 minute 20 second video or podcast below.

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12 Quotes About Digital Transformation

12 Quotes About Digital Transformation “Silicon Valley is coming and if banks don’t up their game, then tech companies will take over the industry’s business. There are hundreds of startups with a lot of brains and money working on various alternatives to traditional banking.” — Jamie Dimon, CEO, J.P. Morgan…

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In Digital Transformation, Strategy is King

I would like to invite you to walk across the “Valley of Tech Death” – a technology wasteland where many businesses have poured millions of dollars, culled irreplaceable human energy and capital and extracted thousands of hours of time only to produce a failed business outcome. This real estate of…

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Start Your Digital Transformation in 6 Steps

Current and future technologies (Mobility, Cloud Computing, Social Media, Crowdsourcing, Internet of things, Industry 4.0, Big Data, 3D printing)  allow companies to create competitive advantages. Digital transformation (DX) is one of them which utilizes the most recent innovation as a part of reaction to socio-behavioural changes, to set up a…

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How Political Intelligence Sets Leaders Apart

No amount of technical or functional capability will make up for a lack of leadership political intelligence (PQ) in a transformation environment, and many transformations run into trouble for this reason. Despite strategic decisions to launch new initiatives, with the latest digital solutions involved, the reality in most large…

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Transition From An Expert To An Authority

One of the most common questions I get asked about working as an independent professional is; “What’s the one thing you suggest an independent professional focuses on to attract more customers in a crowded market?” Keeping to that ‘one thing’, my answer is always the same,…

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Value Metrics and Digital Transformation ROI

Digital transformation ROI is vital to a company and mapping value metrics against the entire digital business transformation portfolio will highlight overlaps, conflicts, gaps, or synergies, enabling informed decision making at the portfolio level. That said, it’s important to remember that not every useful metric has to, can or should tie back…

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Digital Transformation Silos

What are Digital Transformation Silos? Digital Transformation Silos are nothing new, and most people who have been in the business of change or transformation for more than a few years will have tasted their unsavoury consequences. In this digital decade, successful digital business transformation is highly dependent upon leaders who…

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What is The Right Time to Get Transformed?

At a gathering with the theme of business transformation, a delegate said; “Transformation never truly can work. Take a gander at me: I am fat, however that is me, it is a piece of my personality, and I get along fine. There are dependably blemishes yet we need to live…

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Business Transformation Enabled by IDC DecisionScapes

IDC’s Decision-MakingMethodologies The future of business will be technology fuelled and driven. Future technologies (Mobility, Cloud Computing, Social Media, Crowd-sourcing, Internet of things, Industry 4.0, Big Data, 3D printing) or the 3rd platform, is the key driver for the business innovation. Source:…

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2015 Global CIO Survey Results

2015 global CIO survey : Creating legacy A new survey conducted by Deloitte University Press has resulted in a rich 72-page report that shares the views of more than 1,200 CIOs across 21 industries, 20% of whom sit inside Global 1000 companies. The report…

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A Visionary Roadmap for Digital Leaders

In an exponential digital age, many of us need to refine our way of thinking to avoid becoming hung up on antiquated business models and more irrelevant to the future as each day goes by. While citing the Ubers of the world is easy, we all need to question ourselves about…

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Porter Wins World's Most Influential Management Thinker Award

Last night’s Thinkers50 Awards in London enjoyed the presence of some of the world’s finest thought leaders, and according to Thinkers50 the most influential management thinker in the world is the internationally renowned strategy and competitiveness expert Professor Michael E. Porter of Harvard Business School. Before the event, Thinkers50 had already…

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How 5 Types of Innovation Can Help You Disrupt

If you carefully orchestrate 5 or more of the 10 innovation types, particularly those types which most organisations typically ignore, you will almost always get disruptive innovation. That is the message shared by Larry Keeley – president and co-founder of Doblin, Inc., an innovation strategy firm known for pioneering comprehensive innovation…

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Digital Transformation Governance Success Factors

What is Digital Transformation Governance? Digital transformation governance is the process of establishing and maintaining control over an organisation’s digital initiatives and assets. It involves setting clear goals and objectives for the organisation’s digital transformation efforts, as well as defining roles and responsibilities, policies and procedures, and standards and…

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SAP Business Transformation Summit Wrap-up

The 5th SAP Business Transformation Summit was held last week at SAP’s birthplace St Leon Rot, near Heidelberg in Germany. The event was kicked off by Michael Kleinemeier, a member of the SAP Global Managing Board, and Dr. Christoph Steiger, the new Global Head of SAP Business Transformation Services.

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