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The table of contents: RIP?

Edward Haigh of Source Global Research

Whether for that reason, or in response to the changing behaviour of readers armed with scroll buttons and clever browsers, the table of contents seems to have died something of a death recently: Most thought leadership now leaps straight to an executive summary, a key insights page or a snazzy graphical summary without a care for something as parochial as a list of contents. We think that might be a mistake. Before we leap to the defence of the humble table of contents, it’s worth acknowledging that they don’t always work.


If I could travel back in time to visit myself 10 years ago when I was first embarking on my journey as a business change professional, these are the pieces of advice I’d share with my rookie change-leader self. Be brave in the face of resistance First of all, expect and prepare for resistance – it will happen no matter the size or scale of the change so you’d be foolish to keep your fingers crossed and hope it doesn’t.


Use these 5 steps to select the best AI solution for getting a faster, real-time understanding of your customers .


Future of work

Parsifal Publishing

The “Future of Work” was a hot topic at our Digital Workplace Summit last week in sunny Orlando.


For 19 years, Strategy& has been analysing CEO succession at the world’s 2,500 largest public companies.


Act First off, effective change leaders act by seeking the authority to lead. Typically, this comes when there is a gap in governance, decision making or tempo.


“What do you mean there’s no big bang release date? How will we know what to build if we don’t know what the thing will do far in advance? How can we train people to use something if we don’t have all the user requirements and specs up front?” Such questions ring through the hallways of companies making the transition from a waterfall to an agile way of designing and delivering software.


This is exciting, the first of our new blog series on Leading Change, and my very first blog with Afiniti.


Pivoting to digital maturity

Parsifal Publishing

Why do digital transformation efforts sometimes fail to deliver? Applying seven “digital pivots” across the enterprise can help organisations reap the benefits of increasing digital maturity.


For 19 years, Strategy& has been analyzing CEO succession at the world’s 2,500 largest public companies.


Welcome to the virtual consultation teardown, written for Product Owners, Senior Executives and Digital Directors.


Being assertive at work can be really hard, and this is something many people struggle with.


Post-consumerism will be driven by younger Millennials and Generation Z, the generation growing up now.


Alphabet/Google is now the most innovative company in the world according to Boston Consulting Group (BCG), unseating Apple’s 13-year dominance of their annual rankings.


Small business owners know digital marketing is no longer secondary to traditional print marketing and advertising and is a great way for them to get more bang for their marketing bucks.


Large organizations with lots of technology inevitably face the task of managing and governing their decisions around technology: how long should the organization stay with existing technology, how much experimentation should we invest in, and myriad other questions that balance resources, cost savings, IT strategy, and capabilities.


Creating the right channels for people to equip themselves on their own terms and at their own pace will have implications for both the employees and businesses of tomorrow.


M&A value creation for growth

Parsifal Publishing

With our latest Economic Outlook projecting growth of just over 1%, the UK’s business leaders are on balance feeling more muted around their opportunities for organic growth than in previous years.


We all know the digital era is forcing enterprises to experiment with everything from new hires to new business models.


We live in extraordinary times.


Even before the 2008 financial crash, many people had begun to realise that the financial system was profiting only a small group, as private citizens were burdened with bailing out major global banks.


Today’s culture change programs lack the flexibility needed to enable strategic business change.


Here are some of the common mistakes entrepreneurs often make when looking to raise money for their business? 1.


Many of us work at companies where leadership truly values employees and sees them as the company’s most critical investment.


Society’s operating system needs an upgrade.


According to this report from Gartner, “The increasingly pervasive nature of data makes it crucial for all employees to learn to ‘speak data.’” .


CIOs must shape their digital innovation through a fundamental shift to a product-centric organisation.


HR needs a new “portfolio” approach to building leadership bench strength as digitisation complicates roles and succession plans .


Our Devices, Ourselves

Parsifal Publishing

Media coverage of AI in the past few years has often focused on how the technology might cost people their jobs.


There’s no denying that the high street is under siege.


Any management consultant knows that giving a business an image change can involve some big expenditures, particularly in the marketing department.


From static websites and dynamic forms to AI-based software, ThoughtWorks’ product journey has evolved with the advances in technology.


CIOs can separate AI hype from reality by considering these areas of risk and opportunity.


Last year was OX2 Wind’s most successful ever.


The seven habits of highly effective professional firms

Fiona Czerniawska of Source Global Research

“Self-mastery”, as Covey would put it, remains important, but in the professional services context “firm mastery” is vital, and with clients looking for innovation and the ability to deliver multidisciplinary projects, the latter is becoming even more crucial.


Companies are deploying advanced technologies, like the cloud and artificial intelligence, in a variety of ways.


Digital transformation has become a hot topic as of late.


Our company has come a long way over the past decade by truly instilling a culture of flexibility across the firm.


In the old world, before the internet, it was all too easy for companies to speak in megaphone fashion to a broad spectrum of consumers, reeling in many along the way with a wide-reach and a trustworthy appeal simply for being a known brand.


Love it or hate it, digital transformation isn’t going away any time soon.


The top business intelligence trends for 2019

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According to Gartner’s IT Glossary, Business Intelligence (B.I) is often defined as “an umbrella term that includes the applications, infrastructure and tools, and best practices that enable access to and analysis of information to improve and optimize decisions and performance”. B.I models are essentially data-driven ‘Decision Support Systems’(DSS) that are used with the intention of better supporting a business.


5 Reasons You Should Crowdfund in 2019

By John Auckland, Tribe First

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Digital transformation promises a triumphant response to the pressures and potential of disruptive change.


First, it helps its employees to be much more productive, as a result of improving communication and even the automation of tasks, to name two examples.


Now more than ever, workplace culture can’t go undervalued.


Growing East: When we crunch all the data for 2018, we expect to find that demand for consulting services has been patchy.


Organisations around the world have faced new challenges in 2018, giving rise to exciting new opportunities.


Nearly 80% of IT pros believe they would bring more value to their business if they didn't spend as much time on routine tasks.


Around this time each year, my inbox begins to fill up with messages from organisations offering up their predictions for the next year.


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