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A 'must read’ for participants on our ‘Leadership for the Digital Era’ programmes, from Steve Denning author of ‘The Age of Agile’.

The Dominant Model Of 20th Century Organizations: Bureaucracy

If we look at 20th Century organisations, we can see that a bureaucratic mindset was dominant. The organizational world was seen as vertical. Its natural habitat was the tall buildings in places like New York. Strategy gets set at the top, as Gary Hamel often explains. Power trickles down. Big leaders appoint little leaders. Individuals compete for promotion. Compensation correlates with rank. Tasks are assigned. Managers assess performance.…

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How Different is Digital Leadership?

We have been arguing for four years now that a new breed of senior executive is required, Digital Business Leaders - executives who can combine high level business knowledge, experience and understanding with the ability to develop Digital Transformation Strategies fully aligned with and supportive of agreed business goals and objectives. Executives with the personal skills and confidence to drive organisational change.

But how different is this new breed of leader? Does the leadership handbook need to be completely rewritten for the digital age? Or do the essentials of leadership stay the same even in an era of rapid digital disruption?

A joint research project between MITSloan Management Review and Deloitte…

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Having board members with experience in digital business is the new financial performance differentiator according to research published in the Spring Edition of the  MITSloan Management Review.

Based on a comprehensive machine learning analysis of the digital know-how of all the boards of US listed businesses, the study found that companies whose boards of directors have 'digital savvy' outperform others.

'Digital savvy' was defined as an "understanding, developed through experience and education, of the impact that emerging technologies will have on business success over the next decade". 

Interesting variations emerged across industries, with boards of directors in some sectors being significantly more 'digital savvy' than…

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As we tie ourselves in knots over Brexit, our international competitors continue on their digital transformation journey.

In Singapore, already considered by most observers to be a world leading digital national, a further S$300 million ($222 million) is being allocated to spur research in digital innovation as the government transforms the economy through technology.

The amount, almost double the current budget, is part of the next phase of the National Research Foundation’s five-year plan, ending 2020, to support industries "innovate and stay competitive as technology rapidly evolves".

A range of measures have been launched aimed at attracting more businesses and investors through technological advances, supporting small businesses go digital and developing a high-technology skilled…

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As we move from the WHY to the HOW of digital transformation, a balanced approach is required to overcome the numerous obstacles standing in the way of effective change management. Technology on its own is not enough.

Two of the main obstacles to successful digital transformation, identified in most recent research studies, are people and culture.

This 2018 paper from BCG argues that transformation requires a tectonic change in the activities performed by employees, their individual behaviours and the ways they interact with others inside and outside the organisation. Traditional ways of working are incompatible with digital transformation.

As well as acknowledging digital transformation as the fundamental, strategic paradigm shift it is, leaders must instill a culture that supports change.

Embedding…

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"They call us millennials and Gen Z. We are over 140 million strong, represent 25% of the workforce, nearly $2 trilllion of buying power, even though over 60% of us still live at home.

We are politically liberal leaning and the most diverse generation by far. We don’t read the newspaper, listen to the radio, watch network TV, or use a home phone number. We spend a lot of time online, building our digital network and consuming information from it.

Unfortunately, due to fewer opportunities and record levels of student debt, we probably won’t have our own car or house for a long time (and maybe never).

If you run a company and want us to love your brand or even work for you someday, here are some more things you should know about us."

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How Blockchain is Set to Change the World

An interesting Infographic from consumer research company The Opinion Economy highlighting how Blockchain could 'Rebuild the World'.

The Infographic was developed in an effort to help bring clarity to the promise and potential of Blockchain; especially beyond its association with Cryptocurrency.

It highlights how Blockchain-as-a-Service (BaaS), Artifical Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IOT), Edge Services, Cryptography, and Data-in-Motion Security can be combined in inventive and creative ways delivering "previously unimaginable solutions to complex issues that empower people and contribute to a better world".

Please click on the image below to view the full Infographic. …

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If you work in field services or as a tech strategist/consultant in mobile and remote work, I think you may find this conversation interesting. Everything about the future of work is being reimagined. 

An interesting podcast discussion, with transcript, between futurist Brian Solis, ZDNet and…

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The main findings from our Public Sector Digital Leaders Forum held on 1st November last year are now available.

Using an Interactive Audience Polling Tool, the results provide a very useful snapshot of the state of public sector digital transformation in Scotland year end 2018.

While there is growing acceptance of the need for Scotland’s public sector to transform digitally, only limited progress has been made in leveraging the full potential of emerging technologies for enhancing the citizen experience; building efficient, agile digital workplaces; and reimagining service delivery.

Most public sector organisations in Scotland remain fixed at an early…

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While enormous resources are being spent on digital transformation programmes by the private sector, the results are underwhelming. According to estimates, this year over $1.2 trillion will be spent by companies worldwide on their digital transformation efforts and yet analysis suggests that only 1% of these efforts will actually achieve or exceed their expectations.

The Digital Enterprise: Moving from experimentation to transformation is a practical guide on how to envision, structure, and sequence successful digital…

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