Nine Things Digital Leaders Do

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 07-03-2014 Email

The age of experimentation with digital is over, according to two recent reports from McKinsey & Company. Organizations must move beyond any existing baby steps or trial mindsets and transform themselves into digital companies. The CIO, of course, stands at the forefront of this transformation. Which means today's tech leader must embrace rapid change instead of fearing (or, worse, ignoring) it, and understand how to recruit and shape multi-faceted digital teams. To further elaborate, we've compiled the following best practices for CIOs and other senior executives as adapted from the two reports, which are titled "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Digital Enterprises" and "Strategic Principles for Competing in the Digital Age." Many organizations "are stumbling as they try to turn their digital agendas into new business and operating models," according to the Seven Habits report. "The reason, we believe, is that digital transformation is uniquely challenging, touching every function and business unit while also demanding the rapid development of new skills and investments that are very different from business as usual. To succeed, management teams need to move beyond vague statements of intent and focus on 'hard wiring' digital into their organization's structures, processes, systems and incentives." For the Seven Habits report, click here. For the Strategic Principles report, click here.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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