The first challenges are cutting through the noise and getting to the heart of the matter. The IT sector pretend transformation is all to do with technology (usually the box of tricks they’re selling). They frequently publish blogs and articles to convince you to “transform your business by moving to the cloud”. Most mainstream IT advice will create operational efficiencies at best, but not transform the organisation.
Chris Forbes: My partner Julie Chen, had identified that finding a green product that helped the environment would be important to her own personal principles and in turn would make good business sense. Julie is from China and had seen for herself the range of uses of bamboo and suggested that a toilet tissue that could be made from bamboo would help the environment compared with the existing brands which were paper-based and thus came from trees which took a lot longer to grow and harvest.
What is Design Thinking? One of the challenges with introducing the concept of design thinking is that this concept does not have one agreed upon definition. Depending on the source you consult the definition defers slightly and the concept can be a bit elusive to understand. In an attempt to address this, I consulted 164 pieces of scholarly and popular literature on the topic to arrive at a short description of the concept. Below is how I answer the question, what is design thinking?
The investment in recent years by large organisations, including the Big Four, has resulted in advanced technology that is changing many aspects of traditional accountancy and tax advisory. They now have technology that can cut the manhours needed on complex audits, do away with the need for sample testing and conduct a more insightful analysis of trends and risks.
People, Process and Technology are three pillars of change management. In this blog, I am going to look at the process side of change management. Although Process has a considerable overlap with other two aspects, there is still room to look at process in isolation. Borrowing from the simple yet effective model of Lewin, Process can be unfreezed, analysed and repackaged as shown in the below diagram.
Figure 1: Transforming Cube to Cone
In 2012, the renowned management guru and business book author Steve Denning wrote an article entitled “The Case Against Agile" which had almost 80,000 views and caused a lot of debate in management circles.
Here, Denning debunked the top ten objections put forward by organisations as to why Agile cannot possibly work for them.
It’s another milestone in the race to artificial superintelligence:
A study conducted by legal AI platform LawGeex in consultation with law professors from Stanford University, Duke University School of Law, and the University of Southern California, pitted twenty experienced lawyers against an AI trained to evaluate legal contracts. Their 40-page report details how AI has overtaken top lawyers in accurately spotting risks in everyday business contracts.
“…in this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”
The famous quote by Benjamin Franklin has never been truer than today.
As political certainties are turned upside down and surprises come at us from all angles, organisations could add another rare certainty: CHANGE. And change is, err – changing.
Of course, business has always known that change is inevitable. But in the past, most of it happened over time.
In business and particularly in HR we talk about ‘fit’. The right fit for the role, team fit, cultural fit, it’s all about fit and often as people we expect to fit in or try our best to so that we feel a sense of belonging.
Brené Brown talks repeatedly and more so in her latest book Braving The Wilderness about the differences between belonging and fitting in, and that if we ‘fit’ we lose some of our self, some of our authenticity, because to fit, we have to change who we are at the core.