Year: 2015

The Company Cultures That Help (or Hinder) Digital Transformation

…… Originally published on the Global Peter Drucker Forum Blog and on the Harvard Business Review in August 2015 ……

Many companies struggle with digital transformation. It goes against the grain of established ways of working and is a threat to management practices that have existed for decades. Digital tools free people throughout the organization to share information easily. Communication managers no longer have total control over message, target, and timing of news and announcements. Horizontal and bottom-up information flows become stronger at the expense of the traditional top-down. (more…)

Drivers in Paris 13 Nov 2015 , Terrorist Attacks

…… First published in December 2015 ……

When I went up to Paris several days after the Paris attacks for a meeting, I took a taxi (or rather a private car) driven by a young man born in Paris of North African parents. I asked him if he had been working on Friday the 13th and he told me he was in the 3rd arrondissement when the news came out on the radio and he drove immediately to the area where the attacks were happening and started picking people up in the street and driving them home.


CDO – A Temporary Role?

…… Part of The Basics series. First published in October 2015 ……

Roles emerge within organizations that may exist over several years but will probably not be perennial. Roles concerning the digital transformation of organizations may be such roles.

New types of leadership may be fulfilling a momentary need or they may prove necessary over a long period of time.


HR should be the digital transformation leader because, in reality, “digitalization challenges” are work culture challenges

…… Part of The Basics series. First published in October 2015 ……

HR is the function in most organizations that is the least advanced digitally speaking.

My findings over past years: HR is not very social, nor very collaborative.

In 2011, the data showed that HR was the least involved stakeholder in social media internally and externally. Here. (more…)

Can HR Help Bridge the Gap?

…… Part of The Basics series. First published in september 2015 ……

The internal digital work environment has evolved dramatically over recent years. I have conducted surveys and written reports annually on “digital inside” since 2006. This October I’ll be attended HR Tech World Congress in Paris on October 27 – 28.  I will be interviewing speakers and attendees, and collecting input on this question: Is HR helping to bridge the gap between words and actions — between intentions and reality — when it comes to digital inside organizations? And if so, how? (more…)

Beyond the Individual to the Organizational Commons (data)

The exhibits below provide data relevant to the article Beyond the Individual.

About the research

Figures are based on data collected in annual surveys with participation from an evolving base of approximately 300 organizations headquartered in Europe, North America and Australia-Pacific. They operate in different sectors, and have workforces ranging from fewer than 500 to over 100,000 people. (more…)

Beyond the Individual – A Major Turning Point

…… Part of The Basics series. First published in August 2015 ……

Beyond the Individual to the Organizational Commons

Digital transformation starts with the individual. As digital spreads inside an organization, from person to person and team to team, the organizational commons begins to emerge. However, organizations quickly arrive at a make-it or break-it moment. Either digital remains an ad hoc, nice-to-have activity, or the organizational commons takes shape and digital transformation gets real. (more…)