Embracing a New Culture for IoT
At the 7th International Internet of Things Expo in New York, I spoke on behalf of Cisco’s education services and the IoT Talent Consortium about the people side of organizations’ digital transformations. Here are my thoughts, summarized.
To Disrupt, or To Be Disrupted? Pay Attention to Security, Speed, and Culture
By 2020, connected things will outnumber humans 26 to 1. Digital disruption is reshaping whole industries. By some estimates, 40 percent of incumbents will be displaced within three years. We’ve been asking IT leaders who attend our conferences what it will take to survive and thrive. The answers are remarkably consistent. The biggest difficulty they […]
Empowering Employees To Execute with Actionable Accountability
To enable actionable accountability, establish clear measurement criteria based on roles and responsibilities. Then enable people to act and challenge the metrics to align to a new business model allowing them to measure that progress. Remember that criteria should be cross-functional and applied through organizational lines of authority. In addition, measurements should roll up and […]
Implications of an Agile Culture
Recently, I met with many industry analysts, customers, and press at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo. In numerous conversations, I was asked about the organizational implications of changing company culture and how this relates to digital business transformation. As you create a culture of agility (see previous blog), what organizational changes will a more aware, informed, and responsive […]
How to Digitize: Create a Culture of Agility
Corporate culture is key to the success or failure of digital business transformation. Create an agile culture with informed decision-making, fast execution, and pervasive security.
Building Blocks for your own Innovation Disruption (Part 1)
Cisco’s first company-wide innovation challenge, which disrupted all job functions and geographies, attracted widespread interest outside the company. Inquiries from innovation pros, articles in Network World, podcasts with the Human Capital Institute and Innovation Leader, and invitations to share best practices all ask:
Innovating to Survive in the Digital Economy: Part 1
Disrupt or be Disrupted In today’s digital economy, established organizations need to be more innovative than ever before. But why? And what does that actually mean? The truth is digitization is driving a new pace of innovation. In fact, a new wave of competition is already here and companies that don’t go digital now may […]
Disrupt or Die: Only the Innovative Will Survive
Andy Grove, the late co-founder of Intel who pioneered the semiconductor industry, often said, “Only the paranoid will survive.” Looking over your shoulder and worrying about oncoming competitors will always be a healthy practice to stay relevant and ahead of the pack. To remain an industry leader in today’s digital era, however, I would add, […]