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Leading Digital Transformation

Leading Digital Transformation is a weekly podcast series produced by Rob Llewellyn and The Digital Transformation People. Rob interviews experienced practitioners, authors and thought leaders whose stories and experiences provide valuable insights for digital transformation success.


Jon Ingham Interviewed
There’s an urgent need for companies to shift their focus from developing individuals to enabling networks and relationships between employees, and authentic transformation leaders know how important this is to orchestrate better business performance. In this episode, Jon Ingham, author of the book “The Social Organization” elaborates on some of the strategic, innovative approaches to people management and organisation effectiveness that leaders can consider.
22:33 01/02/2020
Wendy Smith Interviewed
These days, leaders face contradictory challenges. They could be under pressure to make incremental improvements, while at the same time invent radically new business models. This results in ongoing tensions between succeeding for today while transforming for tomorrow. Wendy Smith has spent considerable time exploring how adopting a both/and approach to these kinds of tensions enables individuals and organisations to achieve results that are more creative, generative, and sustainable.
27:52 12/26/2019
Heather Hancock Interviewed
Healthcare is something we all depend upon in the most personal and intimate of ways, and how this industry evolves as a result of digital transformation will impact many of us. Heather Hancock has 20 years of experience in this space and she believes that technology has three purposes of value in it. These are to improve the patient experience, improve population health and reduce the per capital cost of healthcare.
22:14 12/19/2019
Heidi Beets Interviewed
These days, large, successful organisations are experiencing flat growth, acquisition, and in some cases, bankruptcy. What they’ve done in the past to make bring them success no longer works as it did. And doing more of the same won't bring them to where they need to be to remain in business for the next 5, 10, 20 years. Australian transformation leader Heidi Beets explains how companies of the future are designed, and don't happen by accident.
18:41 12/12/2019
Isaac Sacolick Interviewed
The successful orchestration of business transformation requires a collaborative operating model between business, technology, and data teams. Void of the digital sugar coating and delusion of transformation that is leading so many established companies to an early grave. Isaac Sacolick - author of Amazon bestseller ‘Driving Digital’ - elaborates on why agile practices are at the heart of executing transformation and he shares examples of what he refers to as ‘bottoms-up transformation’.
32:32 11/28/2019
Andrew Ward Interviewed
The view of transformation and change can often be one-sided as it takes on the language of the originator and doesn't translate well to those who don't understand that language. This means that a breakdown in communication can happen very quickly. Andrew Ward elaborates on ‘The Layers of Change’, which is a way to model a change so we can all understand it, whether you're from a UX, CX, architectural or business discipline. 
23:28 11/14/2019
Daniel Burrus Interviewed
Disruption is an opportunity for those with the right mindset but a threat to the rest. With recent advances in technology, the possibilities to innovate and disrupt are greater than ever, regardless of size. Daniel Burrus, author of the book ‘The Anticipatory Organization’ explains how he believes we can anticipate disruption before it happens, and turn it into opportunity and advantage.
30:18 11/07/2019
Minter Dial Interviewed
An increasing number of leaders know that to accelerate digital transformation their organisations should learn to flex their empathic muscle, while at the same time encode empathy in Artificial Intelligence. Following the launch of his latest book “Heartificial Empathy” Award winning author Minter Dial elaborates on the role empathy plays in digital transformation, its importance for business executives, and how organisations can weave empathy into their fabric.
27:44 10/31/2019
Charlene Li Interviewed
A continuous stream of well-established companies is in decline and going out of business because despite their past success, they’ve not been able to either defend or orchestrate disruptive transformation in a way that allows them to thrive in the new digital economy. In this episode, Charlene Li–author of five books and Founder and Senior Fellow at Altimeter–talks about her belief that more companies need to stop talking about disruption and start doing it. And she’ll share some ways to get started with that.
22:00 10/24/2019
Andy Binns Interviewed
The threat of disruption from smaller, more digitally savvy firms has motivated big corporates to launch efforts to build disruptors of their own. A few have succeeded, while many are wondering how to convert new ideas into new revenue. Andy Binns - an Executive Fellow at the Center for the Future of Organization, at Drucker School of Management - explains that most firms over emphasize ideation at the expense of two other innovation disciplines. He also elaborates on what they can do to correct that and accelerate the odds of success.
22:29 10/17/2019
Karen Ferris Interviewed
There’s never been a need for organisational change management and a focus on the people side of change more than today, but a lot of organisations still struggle with it. Karen Ferris is the author of several books about Organisational Change Management and she helps organisations thrive in the face of volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous change, providing new tools and approaches for a new age in organisational change management. Effectively, breaking the mould!
24:47 10/10/2019
Michael Wade Interviewed
Most organisations today don't need to be convinced of the need to transform, but they do struggle with how to do it. The harsh reality is that despite the best of intentions, and billions spent in pursuit of successful transformation outcomes, the vast majority of programmes fizzle out, falling well short of what was hoped for. In this episode, Professor Michael Wade – author of the books ‘Orchestrating Transformation’ and ‘Digital Vortex’ unpacks the transformation challenge with a particular focus on responding to digital opportunities and threats.
23:55 10/03/2019
Haydn Shaughnessy Interviewed
A lot of organisations embark on transformation without understanding why, along with the market dynamics they need to address which their current structures and processes can’t contend with. Haydn Shaughnessy, author of the book Shift - A Leader's Guide to the Platform Economy - explains how new market dynamics - ecosystems - force us to find new ways to work.
25:28 09/26/2019
Max Blumberg Interviewed
Changing business outcomes requires people processes to change. The problem for many organisations is that they think new technology will do that, which is one reason why change and transformation initiatives have been failing for decades. Max Blumberg - a visiting Professor at Leeds University Business School - explains why you’d better get input from people on what changes would be acceptable and what changes would be best. Otherwise no one will use the changed process, for which you might have paid a consulting firm a small fortune to conjure up!
25:07 09/19/2019
Roland Deiser Interviewed
Digital transformation in large and complex organisations continues to challenge even the best traditional managers and leaders – often because they still rely on old ways of thinking and working. Roland Deiser is a Drucker Senior Fellow and, in this episode, he touches on three distinct arenas in which digital transformation happens, along with the ambidexterity challenge and agile architectures. Roland also explains why boundaries and boundary management are so important for leaders who have aspirations to orchestrate successful transformation.
30:16 09/12/2019
Braden Kelley Interviewed
Most organisations fail at innovation because they fail at change. They aspire to innovate but often struggle and continue to lose pace along the fast-moving business landscape. Two-time author Braden Kelley is a Director of Innovation and Human-Centered Problem-Solving at Oracle and he shares some ways organisations can get better at innovation, change, and transformation.
23:02 09/05/2019
Greg Satell Interviewed
Throughout history, great leaders have worked hard to create change, but not all have succeeded. In recent years–often labelled as digital transformation–that aspiration has spread like wildfire across the corporate landscape. Greg Satell has explored the parallels between revolutionaries, corporate turnaround artists, Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and social visionaries, to discover that by harnessing the principles of successful social and political movements, business leaders can be more successful at driving digital transformation forward.
23:03 08/29/2019
Matt Alder Interviewed
Demand for skills and talent looks different now to how it did five years ago, particularly in relation to digital transformation. This means that the challenges and opportunities HR professionals are faced with have shifted. Talent acquisition strategist Matt Alder shares his insights on the fascinating topic of recruiting innovation and the new talent acquisition strategies organisations need to consider.
21:20 08/22/2019
Peter Abraham and Neil Perkin Interviewed
Agility has become an aspiration for many organisations, but it's not always easy to achieve. Peter Abraham and Neil Perkin wrote a book 'Building the Agile Business through Digital Transformation' in which they describe how the components of Velocity, Focus and Flexibility combine to form the basis of a formula that can help leaders achieve business agility - and move quickly to a position of advantage.
25:53 08/15/2019
Doyle Buehler Interviewed
At the intersection of innovation and digital strategy, Doyle Buehler talks about connecting business leaders and their prime business to their entire digital ecosystem, to help them build a remarkable, profitable digital business, and future-proof and leverage their digital assets with their unique audience.
26:27 08/08/2019
Rod Collins Interviewed
Rod Collins is a Director of Innovation and a leading expert on the future of business. He is also the author of the book 'Wiki Management'. In this episode, Rod talks to Rob Llewellyn about a revolutionary new model for a rapidly changing and collaborative world, and highlights some of the innovative tools and practices used by a new breed of business leaders.
28:55 08/01/2019
Lee Bryant Interviewed
Lee Bryant talks around his belief that the greatest priority for digital leaders today is to redesign their organisational operating systems to create connected companies.
16:55 07/25/2019
Chris Hodson Interviewed
While enterprise cybersecurity spend is at an all time high, the plethora of high-profile data breaches continues, with British Airways recently in the spotlight. In this episode of Leading Digital Transformation, I'm joined by Chris Hodson - author of the book "Cyber Risk Management" to explore the modern world of enterprise cybersecurity.
33:55 07/18/2019
Frank Mattes Interviewed
Rob Llewellyn interviews Frank Mattes, who is a leading expert on scaling up corporate startups. Frank has written the first book on this subject, together with his clients which are Fortune 10 to Fortune 200 companies, and widely seen as innovation leaders.
26:08 07/11/2019
Lindsay Herbert Interviewed
Leading Digital Transformation is a weekly podcast series produced by Rob Llewellyn and The Digital Transformation People. Rob interviews experienced practitioners, authors and thought leaders whose stories and experiences provide valuable insights for digital transformation success.
24:12 07/04/2019
Jack Perschke Interviewed
Leading Digital Transformation is a weekly podcast series produced by Rob Llewellyn and The Digital Transformation People. Rob interviews experienced practitioners, authors and thought leaders whose stories and experiences provide valuable insights for digital transformation success.
25:25 06/27/2019
The CEO and Business Model Transformation - 028
New business models are at the heart of new disruptive companies we sit up and take notice of. And antiquated business models are at the heart of other companies that are on the road to closure.
14:49 06/20/2019
The Technology Fallacy Book Review - 027
I'm going to provide a brief overview of a book that arrived with me in May 2019. It's called The Technology Fallacy - How People Are the Real Key to Digital Transformation by Gerald Kane, Anh Phillips, Jonathan Copulsky and Garth Andrus.
12:27 06/13/2019
How Transformation Professionals Can Take Their Own Medicine - 026
The irony is that while all digital transformation professionals expect the organisations they work with to take advantage of digital to thrive in the digital economy, many of these transformation professionals haven't yet recognised that they need to do exactly the same themselves.
20:04 06/06/2019
The Rise of the Transformation Professional - 025
The most successful transformation professionals don't wait for their managers to help them. They own their personal career transformation in the way a CEO owns their company's transformation.
15:10 05/30/2019