Four key questions to consider for successful digital transformation

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This is a guest post from Jonas Andrén, Lokesh Dadhich, Johan Treutiger and Tove Kjellén from Arthur D. Little. Digitalization is a cross-societal megatrend, affecting and challenging all sectors, from manufacturing to local government. Consequently, executive interest in digital transformation is increasing rapidly, as more and more organizations face agile disruptors harnessing new technologies to compete against them. We define digital transformation as: The use of digital technologies and data to create new value propositions and operating models. These are

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Every great business has a backstory that drives and compels the work they do – Interview with Bernadette Jiwa

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Today’s interview is with Bernadette Jiwa, Founder of The Story of Telling and a recognised global authority on the role of story in business, innovation and marketing and the author of a number of best-selling books on marketing and brand storytelling. Bernadette joins me today to talk about her new book: Story Driven: You don’t need to compete when you know who you are, why stories and why now, a flavour of some of the stories in the book, why

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Global human capital trends and the rise of the social enterprise – Interview with Anthony Abbatiello of Deloitte

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Today’s interview is with Anthony Abbatiello, principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP and the Human Capital practice’s Digital leader. He joins me today to talk about Deloitte’s newly released annual Global Human Capital Trends Report (2018), some of the trends that emerged from the report and what they mean for leaders and entrepreneurs looking to build a business intent on delivering a great customer and employee experience. This interview follows on from my recent interview – You don’t need more than 3

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New research: Senior in-fighting undermines engagement and it’s the CEO’s fault

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In December, London Business School released a new piece of research: their 2017 Business Leaders Survey. The surveyed asked 1,248 individuals in senior positions from varying sizes of organizations across 12 sectors and 98 countries for their perspective on what are the major leadership and development challenges facing their organizations. The research found that the 5 biggest challenges facing leaders and their organizations today are employee engagement, effective strategy execution, talent management, siloed working practices  and how to encourage better

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Rid your company of the annual review to boost productivity

This is a guest post from Dan Halston on behalf of Money Crashers. Annual performance reviews are going the way of the dodo bird. Rewind a few years and any respected company was putting their employees through the dreaded paces of the annual review. In lots of companies, it not only includes an assessment from the boss but also inputs from colleagues and the employee. A funny thing has been happening in recent years, though: a handful of companies, including

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Engagement, why do we do what we do and why does it matter to our customers – Interview with Scott Gould

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Today’s interview is with Scott Gould, an engagement advisor, speaker and author of the recent book: The Shape of Engagement: The Art of Building Enduring Connections with Your Customers, Employees and Communities. Scott joins me to talk about his new book, what engagement is and what it isn’t, what most organisations get wrong when it comes to engagment, what we can learn from his book and how we can put it into practice so we can generate more of it

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Simpler service or experience pays

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Over the last few weeks I’ve had the pleasure of speaking at a handful of conferences and in-house workshops, where I have been talking about some of the characteristics of leading companies, particularly those that are customer experience leaders. One of the characteristics I have been talking about is Simplicity. Now, it’s common when thinking about growing your business or developing your customer base to consider offering customers greater choice and more options. However, whilst offering more choice may seem

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A story about leadership, recognition and what goes around comes around

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Towards the end of last year, I wrote a piece about the herculean card writing efforts of Sheldon Yellen, BELFOR’s CEO. Since then I’ve told the story of Sheldon’s efforts a number of times both in direct discussions with clients and in workshops that I have been delivering. Every time I tell the story it generates a range of reactions. Everything from raised eyebrows, disbelief and wow! to how does he do it, he surely doesn’t write them all himself,

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Putting Dan Pink’s Mastery, Autonomy & Purpose into practice – Interview with Jeremiah Smith

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Today’s interview is with Jeremiah Smith, who is the President and CEO of SimpleTiger, a boutique digital marketing agency that specializes in SEO for entrepreneurs and software as a service firms. Jeremiah joins me today to talk about management styles, SimpleTiger’s discovery of Dan Pink’s three elements of motivation (autonomy, mastery, and purpose) and how they have developed a management system/approach that puts these three into practice. This interview follows on from my recent interview – Customer success needs to

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