Each month, through our partnership with Harvard Business Review, we refresh our resource library with five new HBR articles that we believe CIOs and IT leaders will greatly appreciate. Check out the curated pieces below, available to readers through the end of the month.
Along with record numbers of people quitting their jobs, we’ve also seen employees expressing their dissatisfaction with their work/life balance lately. Life is too short to waste it in demoralizing work. Employees are still facing social inequality and the environment is suffering – minimal efforts have been made by management to effect change. Many large companies worry about what will happen to their businesses if they are driven by purpose versus profit maximization. Agile is here to help. Download this article to learn how to approach tough decisions about corporate purpose. Authors and consultants Darrell Rigby, Sarah Elk and Steve Berez share recommendations for action and real results.
Download: Intentional Business Agile
The last few decades have brought sweeping changes in engineering, digital and agile initiatives. Not to mention the pandemic has overhauled the way we work – most of us remotely. This has transformed managerial roles along three dimensions: power, skills and structure. Managers are tasked with ensuring that their teams are successful rather than being served by their teams. They must coach performance and lead in fluctuating environments. These shifts have created more responsibilities for managers than ever before and require a demonstration of new skills that are difficult to keep up with. Read this report to learn how major corporations like IBM are helping managers reinvent their roles for the new world of work. Developing new skills, reorganizing systems and processes to better support their work, and redefining responsibilities are some ways managers can keep up.
Download: Managers can’t do it all
Why do some companies struggle to reap the benefits of digital transformation, while others see tremendous success? Digital transformation requires leaders, managers and front-line employees to work together to rethink how every aspect of the business should work. In this article, Microsoft consultant Marco Iansiti and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella describe five stages of digital transformation that companies typically progress through. Download this report to learn the imperative for leaders to help their workforces become innovators.
Download: Democratic transformation
People with unique skills can have a profound impact on an organization. So how do you keep these employees valuable? Managers know that compensation works to an extent, as evidenced by the large sums of money that top-level employees earn and keep coming back for more, but talented people aren’t motivated (only) by money. The special feeling is crucial; individual talent recognition is key. Just because you’ve celebrated or glorified the value that a group brings doesn’t mean that individuals within that group – even an elite one – will feel exceptional. If you don’t recognize individual contributions, your employees will get angry and look elsewhere for validation. Download this report to find out what three things you should never do if you want to retain talent… It’s the subtle art of making people feel special.
Download: The real secret to retaining talent
Digital transformation is about changing where value is created and how your business model is structured. Some parts of digital transformation are straightforward and easy to implement, while other aspects completely change the way companies operate. More often these days, value creation is happening externally rather than internally, and by external partners rather than internal employees. Labeled the “inverted firm,” this change in organizational structure affects the technology, but also the people who manage that technology. Leaders must understand and undertake partner relationship management, partner data management, partner product management, platform governance and platform strategy. They need to learn how to motivate people they don’t know to share ideas they don’t have. Read on to learn how to run an inverted firm and discover the new rules for creating value, according to professors from Boston University and Dartmouth College.
Download: Digital transformation changes the way companies create value
CIOs have led the acceleration of digital transformation at a pace that was unimaginable before the pandemic. Now, IT leaders have a powerful role to play in reimagining the nature of work, enabling hybrid teams to thrive and setting a new precedent for digital innovation across their organizations. This new research from Harvard Business Review Analytical Services identifies four areas of focus for CIOs and IT leaders as they work to enable greater flexibility, resiliency and momentum for digital transformation. From reimagining work to building digital acumen across the enterprise to creating more agile operating models, find out what leading CIOs say they’re prioritizing. Download this report to learn what it takes to lead IT in the coming year.
Download: Maintaining Momentum in Digital Transformation