The podcast that helps leaders fine tune the art of orchestrating the transformation of companies with more than 1,000 staff. From customer centricity to innovation and from governance to business value, Founder and CEO Rob Llewellyn helps the best leaders learn how to thrive in the new digital economy.
Before Engaging Tech Firms
Most Tech firms aim is to steer clients towards their solutions, or to those of their partners. This is no secret, and yet inexperienced leaders are consistently led up the garden path to a particular type of software, which might not be the best solution for their company. If you approach Banana Data Solutions for advice, it’s safe to assume that you will eventually be presented with a strong case that tries to convince you that that a Banana Data Solution is the best way for you to achieve your transformation goals.
Anticipate and Innovate For The Future
Disruption is an opportunity for those with the right mindset but a threat to the rest. With recent advances in technology, the possibilities to innovate and disrupt are greater than ever, regardless of size. Daniel Burrus, author of ‘The Anticipatory Organization’ suggests how we can anticipate disruption before it happens, and turn it into opportunity and advantage.
In his book "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" Stephen Covey taught us to begin with the end in mind. He suggested that while we know there's value in setting goals, that the greater value is in leading those goals to fruition. A workforce can’t help leaders drive towards the company's goals unless those leaders also provide the resources, authority, skills, tools, and expectations for the transformation journey. That in turn requires new habits to form in people at all levels. Habits that play a part in the many different aspects of transformation.
Project managers really are some of the best candidates to become transformation managers. Because to carry out their typical project management work, they already have to bring together all disparate aspects of theory, reality, vision, process, value, politics and human nature to create successful outcomes. And of courses every project manager has a unique set of strengths and weaknesses, which will determine how well they could undertake a transformation role. There's a very rewarding transformation opportunity that awaits project managers who are prepared to complement their core project management capabilities.
Go from Ideation to Scaling Innovation
The threat of disruption from smaller, more digitally savvy firms has motivated big corporates to launch efforts to build disruptors of their own. A few have succeeded, while many are wondering how to convert new ideas into new revenue. Andy Binns - an Executive Fellow at the Center for the Future of Organization, at Drucker School of Management - explains that most firms over emphasize ideation at the expense of two other innovation disciplines - incubation and scaling. He also elaborates on what they can do to correct that and accelerate the odds of success.
Ocado and the Principles of Transformation
Transforming an industry also means transforming the way you do business, and digital economy companies like Ocado look very different to others.
When Ocado started, the founders set out to change the way people shop for groceries. 20 years later they’re a world-leader which is growing at an accelerating rate.
Written-off for years by naive cynics with antiquated mindsets, CEO Tim Steiner pursued his vision and has shown us how legitimate transformation can create a new future - not just for one company, but for an entire industry.