Saturday, January 9, 2016

CIO’s Digital Agenda XXX: The Pitfalls to Avoid in Digital Transformation

Digital transformation is a thorny journey, there are many roadblocks on the way.


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Digital transformation is a thorny journey, there are many roadblocks on the way, and numerous pitfalls lead to the failure, so how to identify and avoid them in order to drive digital transformation effortlessly?

The Pitfalls to Avoid in Digital Transformation

  • Five Pitfalls for Why Strategy Fails: From a cross-industry survey: 65% of organizations have an agreed-upon strategy, less than 15% employees understand the organization’s strategy, less than 10% of all organizations successfully execute the strategy. More specifically, what are pitfalls to cause the majority of strategy fail? Or does strategic planning need a strategy?


  • Five Aspects Why Major IT Projects are more likely to fail than other business Initiatives:  Statistically, major IT projects are 20 times more likely to fail than other business initiatives, and the larger the project the (exponentially) much higher the risk. On one hand, it’s understandable, due to the complex nature of technology and rapidly change business dynamic; on the other hand, there’re many pitfalls which can be avoided if organizations can learn from other’s failures.


  • How Does a Senior Leader Deal With Blind spots? There’s knowing unknown, there’s unknowing unknown, so it's not a new topic about “Blind Spots,” everyone perhaps has some, but as a senior business leader (or any kind of leader), the blind spots will cloud your vision, trigger your negative emotion, cause your decision ineffectiveness, and screw your leadership competency. So what're the causes of the blind spot, and how to deal with them logically?


  • How to Avoid Micromanagement Pitfalls: Micromanagement generally has a negative connotation, it means the managers put too tight control on their employees or team or insignificant details, it perhaps causes more damage than benefit. And many management experts thought that micromanagement is indeed one of the most destructive patterns a leader - middle or senior - can have. And from a culture perspective, ”not being micromanaged" almost always comes up. So why does micromanagement cause problems, and how to avoid such micromanagement pitfalls?


  • Is Culture the #1 Root Cause to Fail Strategy Organizations rise and fall, not on the quantum of plans and resources, but on the capabilities to manage, lead, yet most importantly to execute. Great culture saves even the mediocre talent and plans. Many companies fail in execution more than 70%, and culture is often the root cause of such failures. It is about many different matters like resistance to change, silos thinking with competing agendas, lack of clear and decisive leadership, leadership actions inconsistent with strategy, poor communication of strategy, lack of accountability on follow-through...

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