During the spring, as the coronavirus spread, changing modern life and work as most of us have known it, we were all required to mobilize and transform at a scale and pace not previously imagined. Enterprises that were in the process of transforming before the pandemic have fared better during this disruption than those that had not. One thing became clear early on – Digital and IT transformation had undergone a massive acceleration. As I said in March of 2020, I believe this pandemic loaded us into a slingshot and landed us at least three to five years in the future – seemingly overnight.
As the pandemic began to unfold, we considered how we could best support and advise the leaders and companies in our community, and in the wider business community in general. We began writing a series of blog posts using the framework – WHY, WHAT, HOW, WHO from the Blind Spot: A Leader’s Guide To IT-Enabled Business Transformation. These posts were created to share our insights, and to help business and IT leaders to gain alignment and lead together during this unprecedented time of crisis. We began publishing in March, and I started receiving emails from business and IT leaders around the country that the posts were resonating with. Many asked if they could share them with the rest of their executive teams. This has continued, and I have found the spirit of cooperation, between and among organizations during this trying time, to be truly inspiring – a silver lining to the distress and uncertainty we all continue to face.
In order to make the information in the series simple to read and share among CEOs, CFOs, CHROs, as well as business and IT teams, we have created a condensed version of the series in this “Executive Summary” that can be easily downloaded on this page. At a high level it is an overview of what organizations today must do to continue to survive and thrive during this time of accelerating Digital and IT transformation.
While the ultimate scale, duration, and long term physical and economic consequences are, as yet still an unknown, like other crises that have come before it, this one too will run its course. It will ultimately subside with the creation of some sense of a “new “or “next” normal and many lessons for all of us. We must lead through this disruption and be ready for the next. Experience has shown me the best way forward is through. The work is hard, but the results are worth it.
We would like to encourage you to share this Executive Summary with your network, both internally and externally, via email and LinkedIn. I would love to get your feedback and ideas to continue our dialogue and learning from each other. Please email me or , or click the “Feedback and Ideas” button below to let me know what you think.
Stay safe and stay well,