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How to Cultivate People Who Create Miracles

Innovation to change business models, ways of working and create competitive advantage is one thing, but while leaders have read about disruptive innovation, many are not prepared to put in the effort to participate in radical transformation – which should be a concern for shareholders. Bran Ferren said; “They tell their…

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The Very Real Future of Virtual Reality

While we can already enjoy some virtual reality (VR) fun with GoogleCardboard and Samsung Gear VR, there are some very serious business reasons why VR is going to be a significant part of our future. Since Facebook purchased Oculus for…

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Ray Kurzweil on the Future of IoT

Of the 147 predictions that Ray Kurzweil has made since the 1990s, 115 of them have been correct. Ray is a brilliant technologist, futurist, and a director of engineering at Google focused on AI and language processing, and in this article he shares his wildest predictions. He echoes…

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Creating Your Digital Revenue Channels

The great advantage that the digital economy offers independent consultants and entrepreneurs is the opportunity to complete with established firms by leveraging the very affordable power of digital technology. We’ve all heard the high profile success stories of Uber and others, but beneath those is a layer of tens of…

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How To Design Your Company’s Digital Transformation

In its simplest form, Design Thinking is a process of creating new and innovative ideas and solving problems, and has been used across thousands of organisations. Read design thinking comes of age. Some say that while Business is already incorporating design thinking, technology needs to do the same, and that design…

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Managing Digital Transformation Seminar

From 25 to 27 February 2016 in Basel Switzerland, the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW) will run a 3-day seminar on “Managing Digital Transformation”. The core elements of the seminar will cover: Evolution, opportunities and challenges of a digital world Thinking in and modelling of systems Identifying…

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Watch The Red Hat CIO Interview

Chief Information Officer of Red Hat, Lee Congdon, spoke with Michael Krigsman of CXO Talk about ideas for balancing infrastructure and innovation in a dynamic and transformational environment. They addressed the challenges that most CIOs now face when in addition to keeping on top of infrastructure and cost reduction, they need to build strategic…

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Digital IQ For Transformation Performance

The PwC Digital IQ analysis of nearly 2,000 business and technology executives shows that Digital IQ Leaders are twice as likely to achieve rapid revenue and profit growth as the laggards. To know what Digital IQ Leaders consist of, let’s look at the attributes that PwC identified: The CEO…

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McKinsey's 9 Digital Transformation Questions

Becoming a digital enterprise involves changing the way you run your business. Answering these nine questions can help you understand how to break through the inevitable barriers, which will in turn improve your company’s odds of achieving a successful digital enterprise transformation. How well do you know where change…

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Business Transformation Academy Interview

At the 2014 training programme, Rob Llewellyn spoke with Dr. Michael von Kutzschenbach about the SAP Business Transformation Academy.

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Switzerland, UK & Sweden Lead Global Innovation Index

Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Sweden, the Netherlands and the United States of America are the world’s five most innovative nations, according to the Global Innovation Index (GII) 2015. Economies that outperform their peers for their level of gross domestic product are designated in the report as “innovation achievers.” The index covers…

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How Smart Leaders Deliver Outstanding Value

While companies and consultancies learn what it takes to surf the digital wave, one fundamental prerequisite for business success is still leadership at the top. While CEOs need to be champions of digital and involved at a strategic level, they also need to consider the outstanding value their stakeholders are…

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Digital Leadership & Governance Events

In previous issues of CXO Weekly, we shared the details of two forthcoming online events addressing digital transformation governance and leadership. Both provide transformation leaders with the opportunity to harness the latest thought leadership to enhance their transformation leadership capability, and both take place this week: 6 October 2015: Digital Transformation Leadership Run…

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New Digital Disruption Book For 2016

I’m pleased to be involved with a new book, tentatively  titled; “Phantom ex machina: Digital disruption’s role in business model transformation” to be published by Springer in late 2016. The book will explore the factors that make digital disruption possible, the effects of digital disruption on existing business models,…

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How CIOs and HR Can Supercharge the Firm

When Gallup finds 87% of employees worldwide not engaged at work and InformationWeek reports 73% of small to mid-sized firms to be struggling with an IT talent shortage, many leaders should be worried. While much of the the C-suite understands the need to transform their businesses to mature customer…

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Are You a Hyper-Connected Leader?

Like it or not, triggered by the wish for a better living experience and pushed by technological advances, hyper-connectivity is the incoming paradigm that will revolutionise our organisations and our lives. As hyper-connectivity intensifies, radical business restructuring will be required, yet only one in five respondents in an Economist Intelligence…

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Stop Thinking Like a Job-Seeker

Many people who embark on the journey of becoming an independent consultant limit themselves to applying for fixed term contract roles through recruitment agencies. This results in them being trapped in a perpetual state of applying for new roles, which are often underpaid. Think it through for…

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From the Digital 'Why' to the Digital ‘How’

In the words of a recent article titled The ‘Why’ Of Digital Transformation Is Clear. Now It’s Time For ‘How’. It’s vital to understand the need for digital business transformation, but the real challenge is in ‘doing it’ – and doing it well. But in the same way that it is easy to talk…

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Design Thinking – An Essential Tool

Although Design Thinking was first used to make physical objects, it is increasingly being applied to intangible issues, such as how a customer experiences a service. Jon Kolko explains how design thinking has come of age with large organisations applying the principles of design to the way people work. Take this…

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Storytelling for Transformation Leaders

In The Irresistible Power of Storytelling as a Strategic Business Tool we read how strategic storytelling has been enlisted to change attitudes and behaviours. But how can CIOs, CDOs and other transformation leaders of big data and other digital transformation initiatives become more effective through storytelling? In this 7-page…

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With over 20 years helping managers and leaders generate commercial value from technology, Rob Llewellyn is dedicated to helping the new breed of digital economy professionals write the next digital economy success stories.

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