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Explore my views on a multitude of transformation topics.

How Smart Leaders Deliver Outstanding Value

The success formula : 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…

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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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The Trouble With Transformation

Well-informed leaders and managers know by now that the digital economy calls for them to innovate, digitise and transform their companies. Despite this, many struggle with knowing what and how to transform, which when not remedied, often produces disappointing outcomes and a lot of pain along the way. After…

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Business Transformation Types

What are the types of business transformation? “Business Transformation” is a term which is growing in use but lacks consistency in its definition. This in turn gives rise to misunderstandings and misuse, and chaos and confusion within many organisations. It’s not uncommon for a firm’s IT implementation team to…

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The 6 D’s of Exponential Business

While the word “Digital” has become another buzzword, it is only the first of 6 D-words involved in disrupting industry after industry. Listen to Singularity University Co-Founder Peter Diamandis describe the 6 D’s: Digitalization Deception Disruption Demonetization Dematerialization Democratization Then ask “what is my company doing like this?”…

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How to Realise Your Exponential Potential

The Best Ways to Achieve Exponential Growth As the digital economy matures, we are seeing shifts in industry after industry where the digital is replacing the physical. The most obvious example, which helps make this point is the music industry, and the image above illustrates how digital has disrupted…

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Digital Capability Framework

Health professional digital capabilities frameworks 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.

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Branding and Transformation Podcast

 The Best Business Transformation Podcasts of 2023 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…

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10 Timeless Strategy Tests

Creating a strategy is not difficult. In fact like kicking a football, almost anyone can do it. But creating a winning strategy is a completely different ball game and the successful achievement of a company’s strategic objectives is what will demonstrate the real capability of a leadership team…

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BTM² and ASAP – SAP’s Perfect Match

While most SAP projects and programmes adopt the ASAP methodology for use at the project layer, many transformations using SAP solutions lack a methodology that addresses the programme and strategic layers of SAP enabled business transformation. SAP’s BTM² methodology fills that gap and together ASAP and BTM² are referred to as “SAP’s Perfect Match”.

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The Inspired Manager and The Noble Qur’an

The Inspired Manager draws parallels between 40 Islamic and management principles and demonstrates how anyone, particularly those who adopt the Islam faith, can apply the principles described in the Noble Qur’an in their role as a manager. During my 2nd assignment in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (over a decade ago) I…

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What is Business Transformation?

Business Transformation involves fundamental and complex organisational changes within as well as across organisations alongside the value chain. Business transformation can also radically alter the organisation’s relations with the wider economic and societal environment. Studies by the likes of the Business Transformation Academy have shown that despite the frequency…

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How to Select a Programme Manager

It’s not uncommon for companies to assign a member of their workforce who has some bandwidth and operational expertise, to the role of programme manager. Or engage a 3rd party who has strong technical experience, but only a weak blend of the skills, attributes and capabilities required for effective programme…

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Digital Enterprise Transformation Book Review

Having flown into Berlin to attend the 2014 Business Transformation Summit on 10 & 11 November, I thought it would be fitting to post this review of the Business Transformation Academy’s latest book – particularly as the Editors Axel Uhl (Head of the Business Transformation Academy) and Lars Gollenia (Head…

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How to Improve Stakeholder Engagement Effectiveness

Presenting a weekly report to a group of senior executives is ‘reporting’ and it plays a supporting role in the epic task of stakeholder management. Unfortunately however, this weekly report and meeting is often ‘the be all and end all’ of stakeholder management in some programmes. A discussion on identifying,…

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The Uninvited Stakeholder

With any business change initiative, it is vital to engage all relevant stakeholders in the right manner. Regardless of what their sentiments are about the initiative; whether they are allies, instructors, yes-men or women, blockers or those who quietly sit on the fence, waiting to be swayed. We should…

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Addressing the Risk of Inadequate Value Management

In the words of a risk register; “there is a risk that there is a lack of robust processes to establish, manage, monitor and realise benefits”. Which in many organisations is very true, but not often reflected in the risk register. Because often, the concept of Value and Benefit Management…

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Benefit Realisation Management Book Review

Benefit Realisation Management: A Practical Guide to Achieving Benefits Through Change Gerald Bradley’s book “Benefit Realisation Management” addresses one of the most neglected areas of business transformation. An area that many fail to understand the importance of, so often they brush it aside, and suffer the consequences later down the…

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Portfolio Management

John Bridges writes …Portfolio management sits above project and programme management, and is concerned with what projects and programmes an organisation should invest in and their relative priority, together with how those investments are performing in practice. It involves making decisions about project priorities, monitoring the progress of key initiatives,…

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Stakeholder Relationship Management Book Review

Having been involved in business transformations since the 1990s, I have observed the need for better stakeholder relationship management inside many of the organisations I have been fortunate enough to step inside. This has motivated me further to facilitate and encourage better stakeholder relationship management when on a client site…

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