The personality traits that keep you sane in the digital economy

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If I had to choose one key trait that both enterprises and people need to thrive (or even survive) in the digital economy, it would be adaptability. The ability to handle whatever comes your way, the ability to change when and as fast as necessary, the ability to constantly evolve. Adaptability spawns agility and creates […]

Enterprise success in AI requires committed leadership

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Artificial intelligence (AI) initiatives ideally should start as pilot projects of limited scope. This allows enterprise IT pros and involved employees to learn quickly through trial and error, thus minimizing the impact of mistakes and enabling the creation of best practices for large-scale AI rollouts. Alas, problems can persist or arise even after an AI […]

Trust in leadership is critical to enterprise success

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Digital transformation requires organizations to be agile, adaptable, flexible, and scalable. It requires a strategic vision and a collective mindset that is focused on innovation, teamwork, and problem-solving. But without strong trust among employees in an organization’s leaders, the elements that drive digital transformation can become corroded and ineffective. It’s hard to generate enthusiasm and […]

Four ways security teams sabotage their own efforts

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There are many reasons why enterprise security teams struggle to succeed in better managing the risks positioned against their data and business-technology systems. Sometimes these obstacles come from elsewhere within the organization, and sometimes they are self-created. At times it’s a lack of serious executive leadership and understanding behind internal cybersecurity efforts. The security program […]

The Agile Maturity Pyramid: What’s the difference between Doing Agile and Being Agile?

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There is an important difference between people who are truly being Agile, and those that are simply practicing Agile techniques. Focusing only on practices or frameworks, without taking the Agile mindset into account, compromises the Agile journey. This is because, without the right mindset, it can be incredibly difficult to deal with complex issues in […]

Get Agile for adaptive execution

Adaptive execution is a vital discipline for thriving in this age of digital transformation. And becoming Agile can help your organization do it. Adaptive execution — as defined by the Leading Edge Forum (LEF), the commercial think tank of DXC Technology — means being able to respond quickly to threats and exploit new opportunities. It’s […]

Becoming an Agile organization

Agile, a concept borrowed from software development, is now helping organizations in nearly every industry become innovative in their digital transformation. Agile approaches can transform processes, management approaches and even how people do their work. Looking to make your organization Agile? Here are several ways to get started: Change culture: Agile organizations use collaborative teams […]

Leadership through humility

In the book, “Humility is the New Smart,” authors Edward Hess and Katherine Ludwig examine how technology can effectively replace what was once the monopoly of the human race with robots, machine learning, artificial intelligence, neural networks (and the list goes on). Our authors suggest technology will replace 47 percent of American jobs (there is […]

A mentally healthy workplace: The new leadership challenge

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IT industry leader Nick Mescher looks at changing attitudes to stress and mental health in the working environment – and provides some strategies. Some time ago, I was the executive sponsor of a cohort attending a leadership program within our organisation. The program was designed to provide skills and frameworks for our emerging talent to […]

A parable for failed project management, and how to find success

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Working with a team, managing a successful one, and leading for success all have at their core a similar problem. How do we ensure that all team members view the project — the drawbacks and the benefits — with the same insights and understanding? This is the Blind Men and their elephant problem. In the […]