Digital transformation is critical. But winning in today's world requires more than digitisation. It requires understanding that the nature of competitive advantage has shifted—and that being digital is not enough.
Pulling from years of in-depth research, the authors take readers inside twelve companies to reveal how they have reimagined their business models and achieved monumental transformation that goes further than incremental digital initiatives. For each of these companies, seven common elements emerged that serve as a roadmap for how other leaders can transform their companies for success in a world beyond digital.
Yet despite so much energy and investment in digitisation, we hear many executives express concern that they are actually falling behind on making important choices that lead to differentiation. So what drives success today? There are three fundamental ways that the model of value creation has changed.
The old playbook—in which companies launch repeated digital initiatives to keep pace with technology innovation—is no longer the way to differentiate.
To achieve meaningful transformation in today’s new context, success relies on addressing the new competitive dynamics described above. This means that companies must build unique capabilities that enable them to deliver value in a unique way, work with digitally-enabled ecosystems and tackle some of the world’s massive problems.
What steps can leaders take to structure and execute such transformations? Our research reveals seven imperatives that enable a company to successfully transform and shape its future.
Redefine what problems your company is here to solve and what differentiating capabilities are required for that.
Collaborate with other organizations to deliver value propositions no company could offer by itself, and access needed capabilities.
Build trusted relationships with customers to gain unique insights on their true wants and needs to increase the value you create.
Bring together multidimensional skills in outcome-oriented teams that deliver the required differentiating capabilities.
Rethink the composition of the leadership team to drive collaborative performance and shift the team’s focus to propelling the transformation.
Reinvent your relationship with your people, putting them at the center of your value creation model and giving them the means to lead and drive the transformation.
Proactively invest in your own leadership capability development, building a new type of leadership that balances across a range of leadership paradoxes.
Throughout the research conducted for Beyond Digital, it became clear that—in addition to company transformation—leaders must also transform their own approaches in order to reimagine and re-architect their organisations.
While no single attribute makes leaders successful, there is a collection of necessary qualities—many of which may appear contradictory at first glance—that we call the six paradoxes of leadership.
Our survey data has shown that the six paradoxes are considered important or even critical to success by the vast majority of respondents. Yet respondents also voiced alarming concern about leaders’ lack of proficiency in these essential characteristics.
What are the six paradoxes? And how can leaders address this gap and adopt the paradoxes to guide their own development? Get details here.
Beyond Digital is ... “a must-read for leaders who are serious about moving away from incremental change or one-off change projects to a fundamental overhaul of the enterprise they are in charge of.”
"Beyond Digital provides a detailed, well-researched road map for companies looking to transform themselves in an era when digitization is no longer a differentiator ..."
"... Beyond Digital clearly describes the imperatives and actions that will make tomorrow's leaders successful ..."
"... it's only when organizations and leaders are prepared to truly challenge and change the way they think, act, and engage that lasting and meaningful transformation happens."
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"Beyond Digital challenges leaders to get past the obsessively competitive race toward digitization ..."