De-Mystifying Digital Transformation

Digital transformation means ensuring our organisations are ready for the challenges and opportunities of digitisation, so it is about structure, culture, practice and leadership, not just technology. Read about our four foundations of business transformation below…


Track organisational health through data and feedback

The Quantified Organisation

When we want to improve our health or fitness, we often look to data and devices to help turn regular small changes into big outcomes, which is the basis of the Quantified Self movement. We need a similar approach to organisational change, which we refer to as the Quantified Organisation.

As more internal data feeds become available within your organisation, measuring organisational health will become a core feature of management. Social platforms already provide a wealth of useful data that can be used for diagnostic purposes, but they can also function as a ‘human sensor network’ that can assess the state of structures, processes, culture, networks and other aspects of organisational health. 

In any business improvement or transformation effort, it makes sense to start with a baseline of how well the organisation’s structures and practices are working today to help identify where changes are needed. 


  • TRY our free diagnostic tool to see how adaptive your organisation is today and how you can improve it


Align digital strategy to develop new business capabilities

Agile, Distributed Transformation

Our approach then defines target organisational capabilities that the organisation needs in order to respond to the challenges of digitisation. We help you map internal and external challenges, such as changing customer behaviour or market dynamics, and translate these into concrete goals for transformation efforts. Aligning on capability goals provides a clear framework for digital strategy and can help you decide which projects to prioritise.

We take a distributed, agile approach to transformation, where everybody can contribute ideas about actions, changes or projects that could help achieve these goals. Rather than see this as a single top-down initiative, we help you group actions together at different levels of scale (e.g. global, divisional, departmental, team level) and distribute ownership of actions accordingly. Some new capabilities might require the acquisition of a startup, some might require a major project to re-structure part of the business, whilst others might be addressed by using new digital tools, or perhaps just a tweak to meeting or decision-making techniques at the team level.



Mobilise digital leaders and involve the whole firm in change

Mobilise your Digital Guides

Any team involved in Digital Transformation will achieve more through networks of influence than it can achieve through owned or managed projects. A key feature of any distributed transformation is a network of digitally-confident employees who are passionate about new ways of working. Some firms call these Digital Guides, others use terms like Change Agents or emerging Digital Leaders.

Digital guides can act as your eyes and ears throughout the organisation, spotting opportunities for solving problems using new ways of working. They can also help carry the message of change (both the ‘why’ and the ‘what’), and act as voluntary mentors or helpers for teams and leaders. A strong network of people committed to business improvement is usually more effective than top-down, communication-led change programmes.



A digital hub for the skills and attributes the future firm needs

A Shared Hub for Learning and Sharing

Digital transformation is a broad topic, so it is vital to communicate clearly what it means for everybody and give them an opportunity to learn. We draw on our own extensive knowledgebase to create a customised learning and insights hub that helps explain what digital transformation means for leadership, management, operations, culture and practice, with learning material, articles and case studies.

Most organisations currently have digital skills gaps that are holding back change. We offer leadership training to help build confidence in network-centric leadership, as well as programmes to strengthen digital skills at all levels. Our experience shows that a shared transformation hub can also help communicate the various efforts underway to improve the organisation so that employees know what it means for them.



Connecting the company to connect the experience

Overcoming functional silos is high on the list of pain points of most organisations. Important to know is all silos lead to detrimental insularity. This causes teams to lose alignment with the wider org, which has lots of negative knock-on effects.   ...

read more

Turning Noise into Knowledge

The meteoric rise of Slack over the past few years has re-energised the digital workplace field, and now with Microsoft Teams starting to become widely adopted in more traditional enterprises, new opportunities are opening up around this class of tools. Most...

read more

Overcoming the challenges of virtual teams

Yesterday morning, I heard my colleague Livio speak at an event hosted by Kemp Little on the challenges of global virtual working. Along with Keith Warburton from Global Business Culture and Marian Bloodworth, Employment Partner at Kemp Little, they explored the...

read more

Weekly inspiration & insight on Digital Transformation

Get curated links and latest news. Sent every Thursday.