Posts: Leadership

Taking on your new VP role

May 17, 2020

Recently I was on a call chatting with a group of senior leaders and the topic of work life balance came up. More explicitly, how “now he seemed to have so much less time at the weekends”. Asking a few questions of the gentleman who brought this up identified that he had been newly promoted to a VP role.

Which got me thinking about the challenges as you move between roles in larger organizations. Expectations change as you move from an IC to manager to director to VP or above.

So I thought I’d jot down a few thoughts on the matter.

Balance

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Knowing where you are on your digital transformation journey

Apr 19, 2020

How many of you have been through something labelled as a digital transformation in the past 5 years? Many hands go up, and several people groan. It seems like we are in a constant state of transformation, which is true. Change is the new normal and transformation is the grandiose title given to the work we build around it. 

Yet many transformation efforts stall or even fail. We encounter many reasons for this, including market pressure, hierarchy and blame culture. Even gut instinct being the primary way to make decisions comes into play! Core to most digital transformation efforts is aligning technology to business goals, which often creates problems with delivering the desired change due to their different goals.

When technology departments drive the transformation, they often need help explaining the value. Ensuring stability to reduce rework through innovative techniques and tools may not resonate. Still, we do require change through transformation for our businesses to thrive. Without change, we struggle to keep up with the market and build the adaptive organizations we need. Executing a transformation is a journey, not a destination. Below I discuss three typical stages organizations find themselves in on that journey, how to identify them and what to do next. I call them Getting Started, Underway, and Where to go next.

Shift

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This is the time. Every crisis is an opportunity.

Mar 31, 2020

We rarely find the time to invest in personal development when we are heads down in our work and lives. Often it only occurs when a situation where something outside of our control frees up time. Even then, it takes an effort to invest in our personal development. However, it is you. You who always wanted to improve but never found time or resources to do it. It is you who has this opportunity to invest in your future today!

With the economy having slowed to a point where many organizations either have to fire staff or find them not fully occupied, this is the perfect moment to invest in that improvement there never was time for previously. Perhaps this is the time for your teams to be engaged in a program x-raying your delivery process, identifying initiatives that will set you apart from the competition and enabling you to come out of this crisis ahead.

Opportunity

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Be the change

Jun 13, 2019

In context of our attendance at Collision last month, we published a quick survey to validate some of our assumptions about Socrates. While the survey is still open for everyone to provide us with feedback, this post summarizes the results of the first respondents.

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Collision: Day 1

May 20, 2019

During the opening presentation Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pointed out that the biggest challenge for organizations today is the access to talent. In order for companies to put great ideas right into the hands of their customers, they need talent to turns those ideas into reality, to market them and distribute them. Without access to that talent, thousands of amazing ideas can only collect dust on the shelves of neglected game changers…

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Different leadership styles

Apr 27, 2019

Teams that work efficiently and effectively together and overcome obstacles under pressure and deadlines fascinate me. I always wondered about the key factors that impact the overall collaboration and motivation of such teams: their goal, team’s product and leadership factor. In this article I will focus on different types of leadership and their impact on the team. Here are 3 different leadership styles I’m exploring.

Crossing over

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