Is Your Organization Digitally Mature?

Leading Blog

In the same way, digital disruption is not about the technology as much as it is about how companies can make their way through the new competitive environment they find themselves in. Digital disruption is more about the people than it is the technology. People are the focus of The Technology Fallacy by Gerald Kane, Anh Phillips, Jonathan Copulsky, and Garth Andrus. “It’s Digital Maturity. The authors introduce the concept of digital maturity.

Personal Business Maturity

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post from Jim DuBreuil: If you Google the term, “business maturity,” you will find lots of discussions about the emergence of social networks to drive new business. You’ll also see information about how a line of business “matures” when you implement an effective model, focus on the right priorities and execute rigorously. What I mean by personal business maturity is one’s ability to manage adversity and change with poise and professionalism regardless of circumstances.


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Success vs. Significance | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

In today’s post I’ll attempt to clearly lay out the differences between success and significance, and why you’ll be better off setting your sites on the latter and not the former… I believe “success” can be a very dangerous thing in a vacuum…You see, success is in the eye of the beholder, whereas significance is a view of you that is held by others. Did the attainment of your 2010 goals lead you closer to success or significance? Success is temporal.

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Digital Growth Depends More on Business Models than Technology

Harvard Business

Given that those companies were all venture-financed and emerged from Silicon Valley, you might assume that the key ingredients that have ensured their success were cutting-edge technologies, digital platforms, and customer bases that were chiefly made up of digital natives. Yes, those companies had great technologies, platforms, and demographics, but the secret of their success turns out to be much more prosaic. Yagi Studio/Getty Images.

The Big Picture of Business- Professional Education Necessary for Company Success

Strategy Driven

Today's workforce will need three times the amount of training that it now gets if the organization intends to stay in business, remain competitive and tackle the future successfully. The success of this enables trainers with the 'rank and file employees' to be optimally successful. 4) Trial and Error, Success and Failure. (5) It unlocks doors to greater success, growth and profitability.for those trained and for the sponsoring organization.

Why We Aren’t Prepared for What’s Waiting Over the Horizon in 2022 and Beyond

Strategy Driven

We’re on the cusp of a transformative era where the deployment of real-time, event-driven technologies turns vast volumes of data into actionable information, leading to fundamental improvements in everything from commerce to personal security.

Mobile and Social Fundraising

Coaching Tip

Because of the rapid speed of technological advancement, from this point forward nonprofits will have to embrace multiple communications and fundraising tools if they want to reach donors and supporters of all ages. If you work for a nonprofit that relies heavily on individual fundraising, the decisions you make concerning nonprofit technology will dictate your fundraising and program success. Five Nonprofit Technology Trends to Watch in 2014.

How to Transform Your Company into a Digital Leader

Skip Prichard

agile development, DevOps) and modern technology practices (e.g., Identifying a true north at the enterprise level, at the tech/digital level, and translating that into a broader data strategy, as that topic rises to levels of criticality in business success, is critical.

Why Some of the Most Groundbreaking Technologies Are a Bad Fit for the Silicon Valley Funding Model

Harvard Business

Over the past few decades, Silicon Valley has been such a powerful engine for entrepreneurship in technology that, all too often, it is considered to be some kind of panacea. The Silicon Valley model, for all of its charms, was developed at a specific time, for a specific industry, which was developing a specific set of technologies. The early success of the model led to a process that was somewhat self-perpetuating. Jurgen Ziewe/Getty Images.

First Look: Leadership Books for October 2021

Leading Blog

From Michael Dell, renowned founder and chief executive of one of America’s largest technology companies, the inside story of the battles that defined him as a leader. Play Nice But Win is a riveting account of the three battles waged for Dell Technologies: one to launch it, one to keep it, and one to transform it. For the first time, Dell reveals the highs and lows of the company's evolution amidst a rapidly changing industry—and his own, as he matured into the CEO it needed.

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What Robert Greifeld Can Teach You About Getting Your Organization On Track

Leading Blog

Overhaul Technology 5. A focus on cash is vital, but it’s important to remember that you can’t save your way to success. To address the technology gap at Nasdaq, Greifeld went outside to buy winners—smart acquisitions. T URNING AROUND an organization requires a new story.

Raising Kids to Thrive in an Online World

Leading Blog

While we spend a good deal of time preparing our kids for success in the physical world, Richard Culatta says, “we have put surprisingly little effort into making sure our kids are prepared to be safe and healthy” in the digital world. Technology has no conscience—that’s our job.

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Why It???s Good to Be a ???Technology Company???

Harvard Business Review

Venture capitalist Chris Dixons declaration , after plunking $50 million down on Buzzfeed, that he was investing in a technology company has been causing a bit of head-scratching and gentle mockery in media circles. When Buzzfeed editors do it, its technology. Which you could, with some justification, call a technology. Heres Dixon explaining his thinking on his blog: Many of todays great media companies were built on top of emerging technologies.

How Technology Creates Jobs for Less Educated Workers

Harvard Business Review

Conventional wisdom holds that new technology requires highly educated workers. There is little doubt that new technologies have taken a heavy toll on less educated workers not only in manufacturing industries, but also in routine white-collar jobs. Managers need to understand the role of technological maturity, the value of experience, and how employees’ technical skills develop under different business models. Much of this technology has been around for a long time.

Capturing the Innovation Mindset at Bally Technologies

Harvard Business Review

Bally Technologies , a leading provider of gaming systems for casinos, has earned more than 60 awards for innovation in just the last four years. How did Bally Technologies do it? But while the foundational elements are the same, Bally Technologies uses them in a distinct way. Bally Technologies has achieved great success, but only after making this framework its own. Bally Technologies has several mechanisms to sustain “and thinking.”

IT on Steroids: The Benefits (and Risks) of Accelerating Technology

Harvard Business Review

While not as old and not yet as mature as cloud systems, it warrants a closer look. The crucial question is whether the method can be successfully scaled. The case shows that a successful strategy requires a CIO to know when the IT organization can and ought to go fast to reduce risks and when the organization needs to go slow, even if that implies higher risks. The Building Blocks of Successful IT. IT management Information & technology Technology


Rookie Talent: Avoiding a Kodak Moment

Leading Blog

In 2011, Kodak made the list of Top 10 Fortune 500 Employers With Older Workers, called out for employing a disproportionately high percentage of mature workers. This generation is the first to be raised in a post-industrial era driven by technology. Hierarchy is nearing an end and collaboration is emerging in its place because younger generations have been raised to do it, cycle times will demand it, and technology will continue to enable it.

Diversity As Strategy: An Interview with Nadia Rawlinson

HR Digest

In recent years, Rawlinson has worked alongside some of the biggest names in the technology industry to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace. To make a success of digital transformation, effective leadership and mature organizational culture is required.

Leveraging Down for CEOs | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

The number of activities a CEO takes on can certainly vary based upon skill sets, stage of corporate maturation, and the talent level of the rest of the executive team. That said, it is nonetheless safe to say that CEOs who find a way to focus their efforts on values, vision, mission, strategy, team building, innovation, networking, and branding will be the CEOs who achieve the highest and most sustainable levels of success. Best wishes for continued success Ben.

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How Blockchain Applications Will Move Beyond Finance

Harvard Business

To understand the transformation that’s being brought about by blockchain technology, it’s useful to start with its largest implementation to date: bitcoin. How technology is transforming transactions. As the cryptocurrency has matured, it’s often been criticized for its inability to match the performance of existing payment networks and meet the requirements of financial systems and governments.

Interview: Rebel Brown

N2Growth Blog

Rebel has more than 25 turnaround engagements under her belt - she knows what it takes to be a successful leader in not just the good times, but in the toughest of times. But then I listened to everyone around me who said I needed a New York agent and publisher to have a successful first book. That’s the best time of all – seeing people light up and get excited about seeing things differently – other than we reach the successful growth that follows that inflection point.

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Successful Movements All Have 3 Acts

Harvard Business Review

Many companies, including my own, have learned this the hard way as core products and services have matured beyond their sell-by date.) So my colleague Patti Sanchez and I studied the most successful movements in business and society to look for common patterns. But Jobs reminded them how successful Apple had been in earlier transitions, like moving to Mac OS X, and explained that this change would help them “keep pushing the frontiers.”

Ethics Is Serious Business

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post by John Hooker : Everyone knows that an organization can’t function without physical infrastructure communications, transportation, computer technology, and the rest. It consists of the social practices that allow us to relate successfully to coworkers, customers, investors, and the community at large. It arrives in mature adulthood, if at all. Employees and managers in the autonomy stage are ready for mature leadership.

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LeadershipNow 140: December 2013 Compilation

Leading Blog

5 Things Successful People Do Before 8 AM by Lifehacker. Maturing as a leader includes shedding your mask of certainty by @recoveringleadr. The Dark Side of Technology by John Hagel. Here are a selection of tweets from December 2013 that you might have missed: Top Themes to Pull Forward from 2013 by Jon Mertz @ThinDifference. 10 Reasons why Managers are Clueless about Leadership by @greatleadership. Leading, When You Are Not The Leader by @toddbnielsen.

The Keys To Managing Millennials, Part 2: The Progress Bar Effect

Terry Starbucker

As I noted on my last post , each generation is a result of the dominant events, personalities and technologies that were popularized during their maturation. For Millennials (aka “Generation Y”), the era of high technology has had a drastic effect on the way they perceive and interact with their world. There’s no question that technology has changed the expectations of this group. Front Line Leadership . Guest Post By Adam Tenenbaum.

The Power of an Enemy

In the CEO Afterlife

Admonished by my mother and father for unsportsmanlike behavior, I eventually matured and forged a stiff upper lip in defeat. There is no doubt in my mind that my ferocious competitive spirit is responsible for my success in corporate life. Your success or failure can be quantified by such measurements as market share, financial ratios, brand awareness, new products and deadlines. Pillsbury pioneered this category with proprietary technology and had no direct competition.

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A Survey of 3,000 Executives Reveals How Businesses Succeed with AI

Harvard Business

And AI success stories are becoming more numerous and diverse, from Amazon reaping operational efficiencies using its AI-powered Kiva warehouse robots, to GE keeping its industrial equipment running by leveraging AI for predictive maintenance. While it’s clear that CEOs need to consider AI’s business implications, the technology’s nascence in business settings makes it less clear how to profitably employ it. Technology Data Digital Article

The Competitive Landscape for Machine Intelligence

Harvard Business

In past years, we heard mostly from startup founders and academics — people who pay attention to early, far-reaching trends in technology. As with the internet in the 1990s, executives are realizing that this new technology could change everything, but nobody knows exactly how or when. For the first time, there is a maturing “Stack” (see our landscape) of building blocks that companies can use to practice the new discipline of machine intelligence.

What Blockchain Can’t Do

Harvard Business

Blockchain technology has the potential to do amazing things. Therefore, storing records that contain a baby’s current location in a way that makes these data points immutable and verifiable seems like a great use of blockchain technology. In our example, the technology would have to rely on humans to correctly and honestly implement the match between baby and digital record. Technology Digital ArticleJorg Greuel/Getty Images.

Accountability to Possibility: The Next Frontier in Leadership Growth

The Empowered Buisness

As we mature as adults, we lose that creative spark. Someone whose success and excellence you would like to model. Creative destruction is the process in which new technologies, new kinds of products, new production methods, etc. In his book, How Successful People Think, John Maxwell addresses 6 ways that possibility thinkers think. Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Gloria Steinem.

Don’t Let Your Company Get Trapped by Success

Harvard Business Review

firms struggle more than ever to maintain this balance and in particular to maintain exploration as they grow and mature. Companies in the success trap over-exploit their current business models and fail to renew or grow future growth options. Unfortunately, these firms are rare—most follow a path towards lower exploration and risk falling into the success trap. Why does this happen to large companies with a legacy of success?

Front Line Leadership: The Keys To Managing Millenials, Part 1

Terry Starbucker

Adam is currently right in the middle of his leadership journey, overseeing a large staff at a very successful retail operation. Adam believes that a truly successful organization is not solely measured by a gain in stock price, increase in year over year sales, or higher margin, but in serving to create an environment, experience or product that aides both employees and customers in the journey of discovering their own limitless potential.).

What a Visit to an AI-Enabled Hospital Might Look Like

Harvard Business

Harnessing the power of machine learning and other technologies. Automation enables leverage as machine learning matures over time and tuning. Successful AI-driven smart services will augment human intelligence just as machines augmented physical capabilities. Information & technology Technology Healthcare Digital Article

Hiring Your First Chief AI Officer

Harvard Business

As electricity matured, the role went away. As IT matures, it is increasingly becoming the CEO’s role to develop their companies’ internet strategy. Hiring the right AI leader can dramatically increases your odds of success, but only if you pick the right person. Rather, it is a foundational technology that can help existing lines of business and create new products or lines of business. Analytics Technology Leadership Digital Article

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Why Businesses Must Think Beyond Shareholders

Skip Prichard

Never in the history have so many technologies matured at the same time from social, mobile, cloud, artificial intelligence, sensors, quantum computing, and more. Ant Financial is the largest and most successful fintech company in the world. The Future of Business.

Complimentary Resource – Meeting the Demands of the Smarter Consumer

Strategy Driven

New technologies and socioeconomic trends are reshaping the retail marketplace. The IBM Institute for Business Value recently surveyed over 30,000 people in three mature and three growth markets to discover what consumers will want from retailers in the future. StrategyDriven effective executives, efficient employees Home About The StrategyDriven Organization Our Company Our Contributors Karen K. Juliano Howard T. Dickens Jr. Lucas D. Ives Sharon Drew Morgen Hank Moore Jamie P.

Learning & Development’s Role in Operational Efficiencies in 2022

HR Digest

Learn how to support colleagues and be flexible with them to enable success. It’s also important for leaders to train their learning teams and keep or create investments in remote learning technologies and tools.

The Future of Our Partnership With Machines

Skip Prichard

So a good strategy is to learn about what automation solutions are out there, start experimenting and incorporating them into your workflows, and augment yourself using these technologies instead of rolling the dice and letting your employer make those decisions for you. The Future of Work.

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The Board Directors You Need for a Digital Transformation

Harvard Business

Increasingly, our clients are coming to us as they realize that in order for these disparate initiatives to thrive, they need to undergo an end-to-end transformation, the success of which demands dramatic operational, structural, and cultural shifts. Sponsored by DXC Technology. Though 63% of executives say that the partnership of the board is critical to the success of transformation efforts, only 27% report that the board serves as an advocate for current strategies.

How Small Businesses Can Increase Their Digital Capabilities

Harvard Business

And as e-commerce outfits increasingly follow Amazon’s lead in adopting a purely data-driven model to provide greater value in the face of squeezed margins, retailers and service providers that don’t embrace technology will be at a major disadvantage. While the business case for embracing technology is widely documented, retailers have historically shied away, given the high cost and operational complexity. Sponsored by DXC Technology.

Blockchain Could Make the Insurance Industry Much More Transparent

Harvard Business

Thus a trust and efficiency engine like blockchain technology has the potential to drive radical change in the insurance industry while improving transparency and outcomes across the entire value chain. Rather, they can become early adopters of the technology. Sponsored by DXC Technology. So much so that it is being likened to a foundational technology , much as the internet was in the early 1990s. Technology Financial Services Digital Article

The Benefits Of Being A Social Leader For Today’s Organizations

Tanveer Naseer

With the maturation of the major social media networks (Twitter turned 7 this year, while Facebook and LinkedIn are 9 and 10 years old respectively), social media has not only become a regular fixture in our everyday digital lives, but it’s also changed the way we communicate in terms of what we share, and how ideas move to the forefront of our collective social conscience.

3 Ways M&A Is Different When You’re Acquiring a Digital Company

Harvard Business

However, only 11% described themselves as being either “mature” or “advanced” on the learning curve. Sponsored by DXC Technology. Unlike the way traditional due diligence usually works, acquirers need to be much more forward-looking, using approaches that evaluate the potential success of the business model under different scenarios. Mergers & acquisitions Technology Leadership Digital Article