It’s doesn’t matter what sector you work in, it’s digital now — and that requires digital leadership.
The pandemic era has lasted a year so far. This cataclysmic event has imposed massive change — on people and businesses alike — but we’ve responded, with more digital acceleration in 12 months than in the previous 5 years.
During my work with clients this year, I’ve observed a new kind of digital leadership, one which has prevailed over the external challenges, and which I believe will endure for our future.
Here are 5 dimensions of Digital Leadership:
Never before has it been…
Resilience is one of the top new words in pandemic parlance nowadays. Lots of articles and advice, but in my reading, I’ve not come across much which really penetrates the issue from the inside out.
Very few authors are actually talking from real experience: it’s mostly 3rd person (‘Teams’ and ‘leaders…’) and maybe the odd 1st person plural (‘we…’), but in this instance it’s time to share some personal experience:
I burnt out, and I built back better — and I’m talking about it now. …
As a British Gen X-er, I am blessed not to have experienced a war (pretty high up on my list of counted blessings), nevertheless 2020 will go down as one of the more challenging years in my lifetime. It’s also one in which I have done some of my best living and learning.
Inspired by LinkedIn’s #BigIdeas2021, here are my big ideas for the 12-months ahead.
We see exponential growth everywhere. It’s in the R-number [bad] but it’s also in technological advancement [good]. If there’s one thing that 2020 has taught us, it’s that change is the only constant. …
You don’t have to look very far these days to find a polarised world riven by entrenched views. The algorithms of social media platforms haven’t helped — feeding and amplifying echo chambers, filtering out any perspectives which don’t match your world view.
Making good decisions is critical to progress, and in order to do it you have to look at all sides in the argument, some of which may seem ‘plain wrong’ to you. …
V-day this week marked a momentous milestone in the global fight against the pandemic, and after the year we’ve had, it’s good to see the UK at the forefront of progress in something at least.
In fact Britain’s path to be the first to roll out a COVID vaccination programme contains 5 lessons in agile working which maintained positive momentum, many of which are prevalent in digital product development but are less common in wider business even in the year 2020:
If you want to get back to better faster, you have to pay more up front.
When building something new from nothing, an agile approach of building only what you need at the time, ensures that you don’t over-engineer or create something for which you don’t have a validated need.
But when you’re trying to evolve something already established into a new form, sometimes you have to make your biggest moves first.
This is the sunk cost fallacy rebooted for the modern age, and here are 4 areas where #backtobetter demands bravery up front.
The system for booking ad spots…
2020 has been the year of digital acceleration, and it’s piled even more urgency on tackling the digital skills gap at the very top of business.
Boards need to be representative of the companies & customers they serve, in terms of gender and ethnicity — well highlighted in recent times — and it’s also vital that they have the relevant knowledge and skills for the times too.
As digital acceleration has increased, there’s evidence that digital confidence in the boardroom has decreased. According to the Alumni Harvey Nash Board Report for 2020, only 47% of board members surveyed said they…
I come from a content background. In a previous life I made 3000 hours of live breaking news, and launched & edited dozens of sites and content applications, but one of the biggest things I’ve learned in the last 2 years is that content is more and more the preserve of all businesses, particularly non-media businesses.
And in the last year I’ve realised that there are opportunities to use content beyond marketing, in new ways, to supercharge the value your company brings to the world, reimagine how you make an impact, and even create new revenue streams. Slack was born…
The last few months have seen unprecedented digital acceleration, and have demonstrated that ‘the office’ is now one half of ‘work space’. As we make our first steps back into the office, company values should drive the thinking around space in the future of work.
How do you live your company’s values in the space you use? That’s a question not just for CEOs, or Property Leaders, but also for CTOs, because it’s impossible to separate ‘where we are’ from ‘the technology we use’ and the workflows we create to do it.
No-one’s going to deny it’s a been a weird year so far — no matter your circumstances. Rollercoasters spring to mind, and in fact this one is the Kubler-Ross change curve.
While we as individuals have been riding our own rollercoasters, so has the country as it deals with the pandemic, and so have businesses as they seek to adapt.
The problem at the moment is that we have no idea when the rollercoaster is going to stop, because in the mid term at least, there’s no surety that ‘things will get back to normal.’
I don’t even believe there’s…
Independent Consultant, Partner at Positive Momentum, #digitalacceleration expert, former journalist, cyclist, drummer, & co-Founder of La Piazza SRL, Roma.