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LEADERSHIP & ORGANISATION
Orchestrating for successful digital transformation: An interview with Michael Wade
Leading Digital Transformation Podcast
The harsh reality is that despite the best of intentions, and billions spent in pursuit of successful transformation outcomes, the vast majority of programmes fizzle out, falling well short of what was anticipated. In Episode 15 of Leading Digital Transformation Professor Michael Wade – author of the books ‘Orchestrating Transformation’ and ‘Digital Vortex’ – unpacks the transformation challenge with a particular focus on responding to digital economy threats and opportunities.
From vertically-focused functions to horizontal (cross-functional) teams
Since delivering service to customers is the whole point of most organisations, functional organisations’ lack of focus on customers is a major drawback. More organisations are therefore organising themselves horizontally, linked to the work that needs to get done, rather than vertically, linked to the functional areas which need to contribute to this work
STRATEGY & INNOVATION
How to get from ideation to scaling innovation: An interview with Andrew Binns
Leading Digital Transformation Podcast
In Episode 17 of Leading Digital Transformation, Rob Llewellyn speaks with Andy Binns – an Executive Fellow at the Center for the Future of Organization, at Drucker School of Management who explains that an overemphasize on ideation at the expense of two other innovation disciplines – incubation and scaling, is a reason why so many innovation initiatives fail to create business value. Andrew goes on to explain what can be done to improve the odds for success.
How platform strategies will shape the rise of AI-as-a-Service
The world’s largest companies are deploying automated intelligent systems more systematically in their organizations. New technologies collectively deployed under the banner of Artificial Intelligence (inc. RPA, ML and ML) can be deployed separately but companies increasingly realise they can be even more effective if deployed in concert.
When Transformation is Overkill, Consider a Transition Instead
Building on his zonal model outlined in ‘Zone to Win’, Geoffrey Moore argues that not every addition to your business portfolio requires a transformation. When you are onboarding a new product line that you will sell to your existing customer base, or when you make an acquisition that is typically already equipped with its own go-to-market operation, the effort required to incorporate it is more transitional than transformational.
How You Can Create an Innovative Mindset at your Organisation
Gijs Van Wulfen
The problem is never how to get new, innovative thoughts into your mind, but how to get old ones out. Every mind is a building filled with archaic furniture. Clean out a corner of your mind and creativity will instantly fill it.’ Gijs Van Wulfen discusses how to clear your mind of the old and prepare it to receive the ideas that will drive your innovation excellence.
SPEED & AGILITY
In Search of Organizational Agility
David Oxley, Group Vice President, Partner Strategic Projects at BP
Successful organizations, as they grow seem to bureaucratize while they attempt to leverage scale. The resulting weight of process and procedure comes at a cost though among which are the constraining of employees around core objectives, promotion criteria, failure avoidance, and managing upward. This seems to be ubiquitous. Why is this and is there any way around it?
PEOPLE & CHANGE
Resilience Unleashed the key to organizational survival in a VUCA world:
An Interview with Karen Ferris
Leading Digital Transformation Podcast
There’s never been a need for organisational change management and a focus on the people side of change more than today, but a lot of organisations still struggle with it. In Episode 16 of Leading Digital Transformation, Rob Llewellyn speaks with Karen Ferris – author of several books about Organisational Change Management – and a formidable force when it comes to helping organisations thrive in the face of volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous change.
Learning and Strategy
“Scalable learning will be the key to institutional success as we move deeper into an exponentially changing world. But to really scale learning, we’re going to need to adopt a very different approach to strategy – the “zoom out, zoom in” approach.” John Hagel explores why these two approaches are so tightly connected.
The state of USA retail: Apocalypse or renaissance?
“What is the state of the global retail industry? Is USA retail a dying industry? What’s in the mind of the new omnichannel shopper and how is it changing? What’s the impact on the loss prevention function? What’s driving disruption?” Tony D’Onofrio shares with us his thoughts recently presented at the Loss Prevention Research Council (LPRC) Impact 2019 conference.
What Retention Metric Are You Measuring?
What percentage of your users are coming back week after week, month after month?
What Google’s quantum supremacy means for the future
It’s tempting to look at the achievement of quantum supremacy and see an accelerated version of the digital age. However, that’s almost certainly not going to be the case. Quantum computing isn’t just a more powerful version of today’s technology, it is a fundamentally different way of computing that will be applied to very different tasks. What those tasks may be most of us can only guess at as things that truly change the world always arrive out of context for the simple reason that the world hasn’t changed yet.
Understanding Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Deep Learning
“Do you know the difference between Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Deep Learning? If not, you could be behind the curve in your own industry. Read more here, learn the differences and find out how you can anticipate change today.” Daniel Burrus
Your AI Reading List for 2019
Chief Customer Officer at IBM iX Jeremy Waite found that while 50% of businesses stated that they were integrating AI into their platforms over the next 2 years, 9 out of 10 of their execs weren’t exactly sure why?!? So with that in mind, he thought it might be helpful to share a few of the best books he’s read recently to help get you up to speed with AI, so that you can confidently filter the truth and opportunity from the BS.
Integrating New CEOs Quickly for Fast Track Results
Oftentimes, leaders coming from outside their new companies must know when to slow down to gain insights and facts – ultimately helping to accelerate their enterprise’s performance, says a new study by Heidrick & Struggles. The report offers 5 steps leaders can take to fast track results.
“Each business is a victim of Digital Darwinism, the evolution of consumer behaviour when society and technology evolve faster than the ability to exploit it. Digital Darwinism does not discriminate.”
~ Brian Solis
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Building the agile business through digital transformation by Neil Perkin and Peter Abraham
An Executive Summary of Building The Agile Business Through Digital Transformation by Peter Abraham and Neil Perkin (Kogan Page 2017).
This is a practical how-to guide on implementing Digital Transformation and presents a checklist of methods that can be used to achieve organisational agility.
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