Overcoming Barriers to Digital Transformation

Our new research report based on in-depth interviews with Digital and HR executives,
with recommendations and strategies for overcoming common barriers

OUR NEW GUIDE TO DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

Our research – derived from in-depth interviews with 25 Digital and HR executives, plus the latest organisational theory and our applied expertise – offers:

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Insights from executives leading the transformation

The 20 Attributes That Define Adaptive Organisations

A How-To guide for making change routine

Our Quantified Org Diagnostic Test for benchmarking your progress

LEAD AUTHORS

Christine Overby, CEO of Shift*Base Research

Christine has spent the last twenty years helping companies adopt digital technologies and new ways of working. Prior to running Shift*Base, she was Vice President at Forrester Research, where she led the turn-around of its community offering, which delivers an exclusive network of peers, analysts, and advisors to 1,500 IT and Business executives. Christine also launched Forrester Research’s Digital Marketing practice, growing it into a multi-million dollar business. She has consulted on digital experience for companies including BarclayCard, The Coca-Cola Company, IBM, Nestle Purina, Novartis, Orange, and Procter & Gamble, and understands the complexity of large organisations and how to change them.

Lee Bryant, Co-founder of Post*Shift

Lee Bryant is at the forefront of current thinking around the 21st Century firm. A globally renowned expert on social technologies, organisational structure and new ways of working, Lee is now the co-founder of Post*Shift – a consulting firm designing agile, distributed organisations. Lee’s background co-founding Headshift, which became a leading international social business consultancy, helped him pioneer new uses for social technology inside companies and organisations. Believing social networks, not bureaucracies, are the organising principle of the current era, Lee is passionate about exploring new forms of highly connected organisations.

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A Practical Model for Distributed Digital Leadership

Last week I presented a model of digital leadership and strategy at #SocialNow in Lisbon. Here is the text of my talk, with slides embedded at the end...   It is very hard to succeed with digital transformation in an established organisation without addressing...

What do we mean by an Org OS?

"The greatest challenge for today’s leaders is how to upgrade their organisation’s operating system” This is how we frame the conversation about organisational change and the role of digital transformation on our newly-updated website, so I thought I would explain our...

Why “not enough time” is no excuse

We do a lot of work with organisations to help embed new ways of working enabled by the digital workplace. One of the most commonly cited barriers to adoption of modern work techniques is employees who think they lack the time to try new things. More often than not, this objection comes from leaders, rather than front-line teams…

Diversity-as-a-System

A 21st century organisation uses systems thinking to enable agility. Shipping working code is an example of a highly valuable system that most startups develop early. When startups scale, everything moves so fast that the sole focus is on shipping the product to specified deadlines. If diversity isn’t engrained into the system of shipping the product, it will be forgotten during scaling…

The Tell-tale Heart of Team Failure

At the end of a conference presentation, I was recently asked “how can I tell if an enterprise agile team is failing?”. A question for which I didn’t have an immediate satisfactory answer…

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