Suffering from Red Bull Syndrome? How dangerous is it for business?

How many times do you think executive committees around the world have discussed the Red Bull brand?  Ever wondered what they might say or think?  Within this conversation, I suspect we will find what are the dangers of the Red Bull Syndrome. Red Bull Syndrome What is Red Bull Syndrome?  It's the need for upper management…

Geeky creativity – Why being geek and upping your Digital IQ can spur innovation

Where some management is still hanging on to its guarded precepts and habits (reading good 'ole fashioned books, sticking to the 4P's of marketing, management by fear and control...), other businesses are running full head of steam.  Some teams just seem to be in the know, having adopted a more adapted mindset.  Their cumulative digital…

How Should An Executive Lead The Digital Transformation Charge?

In driving digital transformation, I have long called for executive leadership to be the change they are wishing to see happen within the organization and to up the executive digital IQ.  In a short cut, this would mean that the top executive should not just sponsor, encourage and invest money in digital, it means that…

Chief Digital Coach – key position for digital transformation

As companies continue to grapple with unavoidable digital transformation and the concept of becoming more digital and (I would argue, by definition) more customer-focused, I tend to recommend three fundamental principles that should be established in the company: the boss needs to walk the talk nominate a senior level digital evangelist who is credible in…

Digital IQ – Upping executive digital ebility (or digital ability) as opposed to intelligence

I have been using the term Digital IQ for quite some time as a way to describe a person's digital aptness.  It has a singular flaw as a term: people might mistakenly believe that it's just about digital intelligence. As much as we need to understand the digital phenomenon, there is a greater need for…

Mind the Gap – The best productivity gains are found under foot

Companies will forever continue to look for ways to make productivity gains. Consultants are brought in, new bosses plant their flags with their new big ideas, HR is called in to reduce headcount.  Sound familiar?  Yet, one of the biggest opportunities for productivity improvements, I believe, comes from closing the proverbial gap between what is…

Sphere of influence – In which topic are you influential?

Online influence measurement systems and schemes remain a hotly debated area. Intellectually, we understand that real influence is, of course, is a blend of off and online. Influence is also highly contextual.  Influence is subdivisible into spheres of influence.  {Click to Tweet!}  As these online measurement systems evolve, they are attempting to clarify which sphere…

What is the right leadership mindset for winning organizations today? The checklist!

In this era of fundamental transformation, it has never been more difficult to find the right leadership mindset.  As I travel around the world and work in different organizations, I see women and men trying to get to grips with the trifecta of problems: no time no resources no luck Ok, maybe that's a little…