Digitalizing Your Business Means Re-Imagining How It Operates

N2Growth Blog

Otherwise, the introduction of digitalized commerce technologies will only amount to paving over the cow paths! The assembly-line, given the power of today’s digital technology, is becoming an unnecessary construct.

Tips For Leading A Successful Business Operation

Eric Jacobson

Here are some good tips for leading a successful business operation from the handy booklet, 144 Ways To Walk The Talk , by Eric Harvey and Al Lucia : Involve your team in setting standards that are achievable but also require everyone to stretch their knowledge and skills.

Why Technology Is So Important In Business Practice

Strategy Driven

You can be reached from anywhere and find the market you need instantly with a few search engine terms, and then operate on a larger scale than you ever would have been able to in the past. It’s often a lot cheaper to run business through technology! It Affects Our Operating Size.

Technologies Your Business Really Can’t Afford Not To Embrace

Strategy Driven

They will see this as a time of technological revolution where science fiction met with science fact. To say that these are exciting times is an understatement, yet it’s surprising how slow some businesses are in embracing technology. Drone technology is nothing new.

How To Lead A Successful Business Operation

Eric Jacobson

Here are some good tips for leading a successful business operation from the handy booklet, 144 Ways To Walk The Talk , by Eric Harvey and Al Lucia : Involve your team in setting standards that are achievable but also require everyone to stretch their knowledge and skills.

How Nonprofit Leaders Can Use Strategy and Technology to Enhance Organization’s Performance

Great Leadership By Dan

Unprecedented competition, higher expectations, accelerating technology, changing preferences and time pressures are all converging to create a challenging landscape. The technology imperative. Ignoring the imperative and potential of technology is a short cut to irrelevance.

4 Ways To Lead A Successful Business Operation

Eric Jacobson

Here are some good tips for leading a successful business operation from the handy booklet, 144 Ways To Walk The Talk, by Eric Harvey and Al Lucia: Involve your team in setting standards that are achievable but also require everyone to stretch their knowledge and skills.

HR Leaders Need Stronger Data Skills

Harvard Business Review

An old saying sums up the data skills of most HR professionals: “The shoemaker’s children go barefoot.” We base this claim about HR’s digital skills gap on the results of our latest global leadership survey. Scaling Your Team’s Data Skills.

Great Businesses Scale Their Learning, Not Just Their Operations

Harvard Business Review

Today we live in a world that is increasingly shaped by exponentially improving digital technologies that are accelerating change, increasing uncertainty, and driving performance pressure on a global scale. Moreover, most organizations seem to use digital technology to simply automate tasks and eliminate people. But scalable learning harnesses technology to augment the capabilities of people.

People Skills and Personal Strengths - The Bottom Line

Building Personal Strength

Wednesday, October 27, 2010 People Skills and Personal Strengths - The Bottom Line Im in a "bottom-line" mood right now. Can you operate weapons? Technology. People skills. There are several dozen specific people skills.

Breaking the Death Grip of Legacy Technologies

Harvard Business Review

Technologies like 3-D printing, robotics, advanced motion controls, and new methods for continuous manufacturing hold great potential for improving how companies design and build products to better serve customers. The Future of Operations.

The Dirty Little Secret About Digitally Transforming Operations

Harvard Business Review

It seemed as though everybody from the best-known software giants to basic industrial parts providers was marketing a “latest technological breakthrough” — even if it amounted to little more than a new sensor attached to an old piece of equipment.

Midsized Companies Can’t Afford Operational Glitches

Harvard Business Review

But they don’t think nearly enough about operational meltdowns – technological glitches and other problems that can put them out of business. They are usually quick to recognize operational problems and deal with them before they become disasters. Instagram dodged an operational meltdown that could have rendered the start-up dead on arrival. Operational meltdowns at midsized companies can take much longer to notice and resolve. A shortage of key skills.

The Big Picture of Business – Communications Reflect Your Strategy

Strategy Driven

7 Biggest Communication Obstacles: Lack of people skills, manners. Rather than risk going out on a limb, employees either don’t learn or use their communication skills. Nourish Communications Skills.

Move Your Analytics Operation from Artisanal to Autonomous

Harvard Business Review

Many organizations today are wondering how to get into machine learning, and what it means for their existing analytics operation. The company involved is a large, well-known technology and services vendor, with over 5 million businesses as customers, 50 major product and service categories, and hundreds of applications. Harnessing the power of machine learning and other technologies. First of all, your analytics experts are going to need some new skills.

Will Artificial Intelligence Take Your Job?

Leading Blog

Of course, people have always worried that technology would take over their job. Gutenberg’s press probably created more social upheaval than any technological advancement has yet to do today. This skill cannot be stressed enough. “As

A Look Inside Lockheed Martin’s Space-Age Operations

Harvard Business Review

Our job is to deliver the cutting-edge technologies they require. And, especially in recent years, as prolonged global economic challenges have rippled through the aerospace industry, we also need to make those technologies more affordable. The Future of Operations.

Mind the (Skills) Gap

Harvard Business Review

Yet today, the skills college graduates acquire during college have an expected shelf life of only five years according to extensive work we've done in conjunction with Deloitte's Shift Index. And it's not only white-collar, college-driven careers that will suffer rapid skills obsolescence.

7 Skills That Aren’t About to Be Automated

Harvard Business Review

Today’s young professionals grew up in an age of mind-boggling technological change, seeing the growth of the internet, the invention of the smartphone, and the development of machine-learning systems. As executives who have spent our lives assessing and implementing digital technology in every type of organization, we often get asked by them: “What should I learn today so that I’ll have a job in the future?” John Fedele/Getty Images.

Value-Added Leadership

Strategy Driven

Skills and Tasks. Operations are sound, professional and productive. You employ state-of-the-art technology and are in the vanguard of your industry. Executives possess good people skills. Every company has stakeholders, though a few with their own proprietary interests chart the course in their own vision, or lack thereof. Within every corporate and organizational structure, there is a stair-step ladder.

The Big Picture of Business – Yesterdayism… Learning from the Past, Planning for the Future

Strategy Driven

Technology is but one tool of the trade. In the 1940s, technology brought us the 45-RPM and 33-1/3-RPM records… adding up to the ‘mother speed’ of 78-RPM. This Annual Report issue celebrates the year, as basis for helping business people to prepare for the future.

The Big Picture of Business – The Future Has Moved… and Left No Forwarding Address.

Strategy Driven

Futurism is a continuum of thinking and reasoning skills, judicious activities, shared leadership and an accent upon ethics and quality. Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. Clarke, Technology and the Future. The ingredients may include such sophisticated business concepts as change management, crisis management and preparedness, streamlining operations, empowerment of people, marketplace development, organizational evolution and vision.

A 5-Part Process for Using Technology to Improve Your Talent Management

Harvard Business Review

At the law firm Allen & Overy, the idea of replacing traditional, annual performance appraisals with a technology-enabled continuous feedback system did not come from human resources. In an era of transformative cognitive technologies like AI and machine learning, it’s become obvious that people, practices, and systems must become nimbler too. How companies are using artificial intelligence in their business operations. Talent management Technology Digital Article

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The Three Human Capital Management Concerns Keeping U.S. CEOs Up At Night

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post from Bhushan Sethi: Most US CEOs say technological advances will transform their businesses within the next five years. But almost three quarters say they’re worried about the skills gap in their organizations. The skills gap, in other words, is very much a leadership gap.

The Big Picture of Business – Achieving the Best by Preparing for the Worst: Lessons Learned from High-Profile Crises, part 2 of 4

Strategy Driven

Business shift from the retail dealer customer service mentality of Firestone shifted to a high-production tire operation. economy spent one trillion dollars fixing and treating the so-called Y2K Bug, which we now know was a manufactured “crisis” by technology consulting companies.

Technology Can Save Onboarding from Itself

Harvard Business Review

But digital behavioral assessments and interventions can help you focus on improving and measuring employee behaviors across 40 focus areas related to: Job specific knowledge and skills.

Technological Know-How Is a Job Requirement

Harvard Business Review

billion , entrepreneurial companies with technology at their core have disrupted entire industries and threatened or eliminated incumbents. A 2011 IBM study of over 3,000 CIOs revealed that CIO-CEO alignment is stronger than ever, with traditional companies aggressively investing in technology innovation. Studies confirm that technology skills will be crucial for future employment prospects. Be an end user: The best way to understand new technologies is to use them.

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The Future of Human-Machine Partnerships in Business and Everyday Life - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM DELL TECHNOLOGIES

Harvard Business Review

Will technology cost jobs in the long run, or increase them? In this edition of Trailblazers, a podcast series brought to you by Dell Technologies, we investigate the future of robotics. Join Walter Isaacson, former CNN Chairman and CEO, as he and Gary Shapiro, President and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association, discuss how digital disruption will improve our lives. Head of the Consumer Technology Association but he’s also written a lot about innovation.

To Really Help the Global Poor, Create Technology They’ll Pay For

Harvard Business Review

Investing in technology can help lift people out of poverty, and investments that use technology for development are good for business, creating millions of new customers. Technologies that don’t meet this goal are exacerbating the digital divide, not helping to close it.

Survey Data Shows That Many Companies Are Still Not Truly Agile - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM CA TECHNOLOGIES

Harvard Business Review

By Surya Panditi, SVP and GM, Agile Management, CA Technologies. It’s no use having technology that’s responsive to the business if the business can’t respond to technology and the demands coming from its customers. The report said that 44 percent of companies report that agile practices are widely used within the development team, and 41 percent say the same thing for IT operations, leaving a significant percentage still using it in pockets, or not at all.

The Skills Doctors and Nurses Need to Be Effective Executives

Harvard Business Review

There are new types of insurance companies such as Oscar ; novel provider organizations such as OneMedical , IoraHealth , and ChenMed ; and new health information technology companies such as Castlight , Vital , and WellFrame that aim to use technology to improve care and value.

How to Design Your IT Organization for Constant Evolution - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM DXC TECHNOLOGY

Harvard Business Review

By Glen Robinson, Emerging Technology Advisor, Leading Edge Forum, DXC Technology. We have moved from the Internet era in the early 2000s to the cloud era today; however, we will soon transition into the Matrix era – the Matrix being the term the Leading Edge Forum (LEF) uses to describe the intersection of multiple game-changing technologies that will drive significant change in the world in which we live and do business.

Is Your Company Adapting Fast Enough to Thrive in an Increasingly Digital World? - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM DXC TECHNOLOGY

Harvard Business Review

As digital technologies permeate all aspects of their operations, companies around the world anticipate the need for massive change over the next five years, according to a new global survey by Harvard Business Review Analytic Services. Read More from DXC Technology: The Questions IT Should Be Asking to Empower Employees. And because digital demands new skills, aptitudes, and ways of working, it requires a greater investment in employee support and culture change.

Lessons in Leadership to Last a Lifetime

Leading Blog

But in 1999, at the height of the Internet boom, I took a two-year leave of absence to serve as director of system architecture at Akamai Technologies, an MIT start-up located here in Cambridge. A FTER 18 YEARS on the MIT faculty, I thought I knew a thing or two about leadership.

Digital Transformation Is Racing Ahead and No Industry Is Immune - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM DXC TECHNOLOGY

Harvard Business Review

Read more from DXC Technology: Embracing Digital Change Requires a Clear Strategic Focus. Digital transformation transcends technology. Digital transformation is often viewed through a narrow technology lens, as just another mobile project or e-commerce initiative. Fundamentally, though, digital transformation is the result of enterprises seeking to adapt to the storm of new technology affecting markets and customers. Information & technology Sponsor Content

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To Improve African Education, Focus on Technology

Harvard Business Review

These present drivers of its economy, however, are under threat from technology. I founded the nonprofit African Institution of Technology to help universities in the region develop capabilities in emerging areas like microelectronics, biotech, and nanotechnology. An estimated 50 million working adults who want to improve their skills through further education have access challenges. Education drives technology. Economy Education Technology

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The Great Recession Drastically Changed the Skills Employers Want

Harvard Business Review

The employment shift from occupations that require mid-level skills toward those at the high and low ends is one of the most important trends in the U.S. Previous research has suggested that a primary driver of this job polarization is something called routine-biased technological change (RBTC), an unfortunate mouthful whereby new technologies substitute for repetitive, middle-skill jobs and complement analytical, high-skill jobs. production and operatives).

3 Moving-Target Issues Every Leader Must Be Following

Great Leadership By Dan

To operate effectively in this climate, planning and investment is essential. Use a single technology platform for all your IP so it’s easier to manage and update, and so you can eliminate redundancies. What concerns you about implementing new technologies for existing processes?

3 Things Are Holding Back Your Analytics, and Technology Isn’t One of Them

Harvard Business Review

We’ve found three main obstacles to realizing analytics’ full value, and all of them are related to people, not technology: the organization’s structure, culture, and approach to problem solving. In light of these obstacle, we believe an effective business analytics organization balances functional knowledge, business instinct, and data analysis, with an operating philosophy to add complexity only when the additional insights justify it. Technology Digital Articl

Investing in Enterprise-wide Security

N2Growth Blog

Is your security budget directed primarily to the Information Technology (IT) department? Realizing that business operations security is a business issue and not just an IT “thing” has become the new cybersecurity paradigm. Technology Component to Cybersecurity Investing.

Leadership in Cybersecurity

N2Growth Blog

Regardless of titles or functional position, the lead role in a security organization is expected to wear many hats and solve a myriad of strategic, operational and tactical problems. Today’s information security leaders are faced with: Technology aligned reporting structure.

How to Improve Your Sales Skills, Even If You’re Not a Salesperson

Harvard Business Review

So how can you improve your sales skills, especially if you don’t pitch people often? ” And yet, he says, “Sales is the most fundamental skill.” He wanted to sell his company’s organizational assessment and leadership development services to “George,” a CEO who had taken the reins of a technology firm poised for a great deal of change.

Three Leadership Skills That Count

Harvard Business Review

Over the years, the CEOs of these companies faced massive technology disruptions, deep industry recessions, sudden collapses in demand, price wars, oil shocks — you name it. You can't sit around being fearful; you must act, like Herb Kelleher, who insisted on cutting costs and running lean operations in good times, so that they would be prepared for the next storm, imagined or real. How do you lead successfully in an uncertain, disruptive, even chaotic world?