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Air Liquide: Focus on People, not Tools

Air Liquide is an international company with a presence in 80 countries. Founded in 1902, it has a long tradition of innovation. With 68,000 employees worldwide, it specializes in gases, technologies and services for industry and the health sector.  Now, after decades of experience adapting to evolving customer needs, Air Liquide is embracing the digital age, on a new transformation path involving their customers and employees worldwide. This case study was first published in “The Organization in the Digital Age” in December 2016. Photo credit: https://www.airliquide.com/ (more…)

Working Out Loud From the Top – Half a Century Ago – At NASA

Working out Loud, a Mindset Independent of Technology

“Monday’s Notes” – at NASA in the 1960’s

Wernher von Braun, head of the Marshall Space Flight Center (part of NASA) set up a system for working out loud. Most people do not know this case because (1) it happened half a century ago, and (2) it is not sexy or media-worthy as there is no technology involved. It’s all based on paper, pens and a duplicating machine. (more…)

Movements, Politics and Leadership

I spoke at the i2Sumit 2017 in Zurich last week. I would summarize my presentation in two words: People lead!

I talked about how people start movements in organizations, and organizations run to catch up (or not!).

I demonstrate with data how top-down decision-making for digital initiatives is still too common, and how it triggers internal politics.

Real voices about the collaborative mindset

I recently ran a one-question Quick Poll asking people: What are your biggest, toughest challenges today? It turns out the top challenge is how to cultivate a collaborative, cooperative mindset. Then I set up a brief crowd-sourcing initiative on a Google doc asking people to share more from their real life experiences. What follows are extracts from the conversations along with my own observations.

> Humans are lost in the digital conversation. We need to get back to basics.

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Your toughest challenge today? I asked 112 people around the world.

Digital workplace, digital transformation, organizational change, all valid subjects and important ones. However, I feel our industry is communicating too much theory and not enough operational and workable ideas today.  We need to focus more on the H O W.

I ran a Quick Poll this month, asking people what their toughest “how challenges” are. The results surprised me.

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Key Findings ‘Organization in the Digital Age’ 10th Edition

Competing priorities is at the top of the list of challenges for many organizations when defining their digital transformation strategies. One of the goals of this report is to provide data, analysis and case studies that will help organizations prioritize and identify criteria for strategic decision-making.

18 key findings are explained below. (First published in November 2016.).

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