Today’s Leaders All Share These 5 Traits – A Digital Mindset

The best leaders have a propensity for looking for ways to leverage digital technology for competitive gain. If you want to be a great leader, you absolutely have to develop a digital mindset. It's the only way you can help your business leverage data and information technologies in the pursuit of growth and profitability. Why, you ask? Digital technology and media are omnipresent in business…

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Leadership and Digital Transformation

News Flash: The #1 thing leaders need to understand is that the Digital Transformation train left the station a few years ago. If you weren't onboard back then, you need to stop looking for the next train and rapidly go in search of building a rocket ship. Businesses simply have run out of time to embark on multi-year transformation projects - that window has closed. In the text that follows,…

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The Number 1 Tip to Ensure Returns on Your Firm’s Digital Strategy

To succeed in today's rough and tumble business world you need a solid vision for how you can "digitalize" your business. Indeed, it is not enough to have a vivid and compelling business strategy.  We must be able to discern what role we are expecting digital technology to play within the business.  It is only with this understanding that we can establish the necessary linkages required to inform…

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N2Growth Helps Businesses Combine Strategy & Innovation for a Consumer-First Approach to Digital Transformation

Digital technology continues to transform both the retail and consumer experience. To stay competitive, brands must innovate and transform. That transformation requires adopting new digital technologies in every aspect of business — from product design and operations to customer service and marketing. Some business leaders eager to keep a competitive advantage often invest in new technologies…

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How to Avoid the Next Equifax

By now, we all know about the Equifax debacle. Besides the obvious negligence from the very top of the Company to the lowly Security Chief, what's really appalling is Equifax's tone deaf response to messing up the credit of nearly 40% of the American population, whose identities and privacy are now at an astronomically high level risk of being stolen and used in all sorts of illegal ways. It will…

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Doing Digital Right: Ensuring Alignment of Business Strategy and Transformation Planning

A manufacturing industry client had put a Digital Transformation Planning process in place before I began working them last year. The management team had done many of the right things in getting the planning program off of the ground - training, governance and executive oversight were all in place. But, they felt that the Digital Transformation Planning process wasn't really getting them where it…

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Digitalizing Your Business Means Re-Imagining How It Operates

Today's digital capabilities offer great promise for businesses big and small. But, in order to realize that promise, business leaders must be willing to drastically re-think their company's business processes. In fact, all processes must be broadened to include all related responsibilities and tasks, independent of organization design or "chain of command" and they must be redesigned…

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Investing in Enterprise-wide Security

Does your organization view spending money on information systems security (cybersecurity) as an investment, a financial burden, or an unjustified cost of doing business? Is your security budget directed primarily to the Information Technology (IT) department? Realizing that business operations security is a business issue and not just an IT “thing” has become the new cybersecurity paradigm. This…

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Business Digitalization: Why You Need to Revitalize Your Entire IT Environment

By definition, your IT infrastructure includes the work processes that you perform in your business, the information needed to support the execution of your processes, the applications required to manipulate and manage the information and the technology platforms (including hand-held devices, laptops, desktops, servers and the cloud) required to run the applications. These 4 dimensions - business…

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Leadership in Cybersecurity

Defining the position of the lead security person in an enterprise can be a challenging and sometimes confusing task. There are various job titles such as; Chief Security Officer (CSO), Chief Risk Officer, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), V.P., IT Security, V.P., or Director of Information Security. Regardless of titles or functional position, the lead role in a security organization is…

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Digital Transformation Or Digital Free Fall: What Every CEO Must Know

Every organization occupies a unique place on the spectrum of digital transformation. Whether they have an accurate perception or understanding of what that means to their business is the bigger concern. Some see digital as little more than a portfolio of projects or initiatives to be implemented, others as a problem to be solved or an opportunity to be exploited, and yes, there are always those…

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5 Positions Companies Need To Navigate Digital Transformation

“The last 10 years have been about building a world that is mobile-first. In the next 10 years, we will shift to a world that is AI-first.”, Sundar Pichai, Google CEO, October 2016 Artificial Intelligence (AI) is at a tipping point, leading a watershed shift to digital intelligence by discovering previously unseen patterns, drawing new inferences, and identifying new relationships from vast…

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