All posts tagged: Digital Leadership

Why do Digital Transformations fail?

There are many articles recently looking at why Digital Transformation projects are failing. A recent survey by Accenture among 1350 global executives, which collectively invested over 100 billions USD on scaling digital innovations, shows that 78% of companies struggle to see results. This confirmed the 2017 survey results from Bain that showed that only 5% of digital transformation projects were successful. we learned that few companies win, most struggle and some are left with complete disappointment. This rings true especially as companies shift from improving the efficiency of their operations to generating new value for customers.  Accenture, Retink, Reinvent, Realize But what are the reason for this? I’ve tried to compile a list here based on some of the most known articles on the topic. A collection of challenges The first two challenged have been identified in the above-mentioned Accenture research by Mike Sutcliff, Raghav Narsalay and Aarohi Sen and published on HBR. Unspoken disagreement among top managers about goals: if senior managers’ don’t agree on the priorities, or on how to measure success, it is difficult for the organisation …

What’s new about Digital Leadership?

Understanding the concept of Digital Leadership is not an easy tasks. Multiple points of view, different approaches, a lot of partial answers, all contribute to a scattered scenario. If we want to really focus on digital maturity though, we need to approach this concept as the fundamental component of Culture Change. Digital Leadership is another concept, together with of Transformation, that is really “hot” in the most recent managerial literature and debate. The debate goes between the two extremes of who tries to redefine entirely the concept of Leadership applied to digital, and those that instead minimize its impact to just a new technology variable, not altering the fundamentals of traditional Leadership models. In this post I will try to reframe the topic starting from suggesting that the perspective of what is a digital leader already creates complexity in giving an answer. I will then assess three possible models of answer in the framework of Digital Transformation. What is a Digital Leader? Most traditional organizations are challenged constantly in defining what is digital, and this …