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Tag: Change Leadership

Managing in Economic Uncertainty: Cost Reductions

Managing in times of economic uncertainty means facing difficult choices. Reducing costs is a choice that leaders often face but mostly dread. Many of us on the Enterprise Strategy team have faced multiple macroeconomic headwinds or other industry- and company-specific challenges in our previous roles as CXOs. In this post, I outline some of the […]

Enabling Technology

Digital Transformation: the Why, Who, How, and What – Part 4, “The What”

In part three, ‘The How’ blog post, we covered best practices for transformational processes, and how you can use the digital-transformation process framework to deliver an effective transformation. In this blog post, we dive deeper into the technologies that enable digital transformation. Contemporary Technology Requirements The rising expectations of customers and employees, due to the […]

The how for DT

Digital Transformation: The Why, Who, How, and What – Part 3, “The How”

In part one, ‘The Why’ blog post, we discussed why digital transformation is needed for organizations, followed up by part two, ‘The Who’, which covered how successful organizations are rethinking their approach to organizational structure, learning, innovation, and culture. In this blog post, we dive deeper into the process of digital transformation. Contemporary Process Requirements […]

People are critical to DT

Digital Transformation: The Why, Who, How, and What – Part 2, “The Who”

Although still challenging and important, technology is often the easier part of digital transformation. As it turns out, the people part is the most critical and is often overlooked and under-appreciated. In an earlier blog post—‘The Why’—we discussed the goal of digital transformation and several critical attributes successful digitally-transformed organizations have in common. Many of […]

Why Digital Transformation

Digital Transformation: The Why, Who, How, and What – Part 1, “The Why”

Digital transformation is the process of using digital technologies to fundamentally change how an organization operates and delivers value to its customers. It involves the integration of digital technology into all areas of a business, changing how the business operates and how it delivers value to its customers. This process can be challenging and disruptive, […]

Strategy Alignment

Taking Inspiration from Others: Transformation at DB Systel Part 2

In the first blog post, René Schneider and Andrea Sturm described the why and how of DB Systel’s transformation journey. Here they dive into how their organisation is now structured and some of the steps taken to achieve this state. It’s not a pattern that can be cut-and-pasted, but I find inspiration and insights in […]

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Learners lead, leaders learn: The case for technology fluency in the C-Suite

“The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the willingness to learn is a choice.” —Brian Herbert, Author It’s easy to think of life as linear stages. Where did you go to school? What do you do for a living? What are your retirement plans? These stages are interspersed […]

Opportunity Risks and Costs of Delay

We’re taught as managers that rigorous analysis and due diligence are a critical part of our jobs. There’s certainly comfort in spending the time to deeply analyze decisions before we make them. I don’t mean to question that received wisdom, just to point out that there’s a trade-off. Good managers need to do “the right […]

Enterprise Strategy Blog 2021: Year-End Roundup

Overview Throughout the year, we write blog posts on whatever topics seem to be most important to the AWS customer executives we speak to. Each of us on the Enterprise Strategy team holds 100-200 customer meetings a year, generally at the most senior executive levels, to try to help with their challenges in digital transformation—cultural […]

Businessman opens faucet valve to control money outflow

Funding more transformational capacity – Show me the money!

by Chris Hennesey, Enterprise Strategist, AWS Enterprise Strategy As I meet with more AWS customers, it is clear that many enterprises struggle to have enough capacity to focus on transforming their business. Transformation spending provides a company with necessary resources to embrace new technology and innovation for enhanced capacity. With close to 80% of IT […]