In the digital world, it’s critical to distinguish between leadership & management

Is your management agenda holding your leadership agenda hostage? Almost every C-level executive I speak with tells me they are so busy running their business that they have no time to think about the best ways to grow their business.

In the digital world, vocabulary is just as important as technology

How well are you telling the technology business value story in your company today? Even though we are well into the second decade of digital disruption, it’s alarming to see how many companies still struggle to tell a compelling story of how technology delivers increased competitive performance and business value. The number of companies that still cling to the legacy mindset…

In the digital world, intention creates sustainable business growth momentum

Is lack of a clear statement of intent slowing your business growth momentum? As companies of all sizes across all industries seek to successfully compete as digital enterprises, there is solid evidence of what separates success from failure. It turns out that the early leaders in the age of digital disruption share one thing in common…

In the digital world, catching the next wave is a strategic necessity

Why is it so hard for well-established companies to catch the next wave? In earlier blogs, I have suggested that well-established companies could no longer sustain competitive advantage through using their size and market reach as barriers to entry. The unprecedented assault of multiple waves of digital disruption have enabled companies of any size to penetrate some portion of well-established companies’ value chains. Simply put…

In the digital world, learn-it-all beats know-it-all

Are you learning faster than your competition? Several years ago, the leaders of the Gates Foundation embarked on a journey to improve their culture. Their goal was “to improve their learning culture, in which people have the humility to know what they don’t know and the curiosity to rethink the way they’ve always done things.”

In the digital world, you need to go on a time diet

Have you lost control over how you spend your time? Talk to anyone working today whether in a startup or a well-established Fortune 500 company, and they will tell you the same thing – “I’m working so hard but there aren’t enough hours in the day for me to do my job.”

In the digital world, we can still learn a lot from Leonardo Da Vinci

Is your competition learning faster than you are? The main theme of Walter Isaacson’s biography of Leonardo DaVinci is “the ability to make connections across disciplines – arts and sciences, humanities and technology – is a key to innovation, imagination and genius.”

In the digital world, CIOs need to lead IT as a profit engine not a cost center

In the July IDG survey, 53% of CIO respondents said that their top digital business objective was to “maintain overall revenue, given market shifts.” 53% also sited the need to “drive new revenue” up from 48% in 2018. CEOs and Boards are increasingly looking to digital technology as the primary source of new business growth and profitability.

In the digital world, leaders must master the art of competitive resiliency

What if everything you were taught about creating and sustaining competitive advantage is no longer true? Most leaders of well-established businesses were taught that the key to creating sustainable competitive advantage was erecting large barriers to entry into their markets by scaling the size and reach of their companies.

In the digital world, investing into a market downturn leads to exponential returns

Most senior leaders find comfort in believing that in times of severe market downturns cutting costs and hunkering down is a prudent course of action. The trouble is the data supports the totally opposite course of action.