3 tips to ensure your digital strategy doesn’t stall – part 1

3 tips to ensure your digital strategy doesn't stall - part 1

The promise of digital is impressive – improved efficiency, effectiveness and growth. But there’s a risk that last item (growth) could be momentary.

Over the next 3 posts, I’ll share 3 tips to ensure your digital strategy doesn’t stall.

Tip #1: Don’t simply automate an existing process

It’s relatively easy to claim success in the digital world based on efficiency. The cost savings and improved customer satisfaction (based on speed) can be impressive.

But if all you have done is automate an existing process, there’s a high probability you’ve automated some flaws, outdated methods or redundant assumptions.

Step back. Ask a simple question:

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Do you make these mistakes with strategy?

Do you make these mistakes with strategy?

Realize this – no matter how great your strategy, it can still fail. A sobering thought considering how much time, money and effort goes in.

An enlightened retailer knew the secret for lasting success would be tied to customer experience. They transformed their strategy putting customer experience as priority #1.

On first pass, the strategy appeared logical. It was a perfectly good strategy executed poorly. After 2 years of declining profit, the strategy was thrown out. Never to be whispered again.

I’m sure you have similar stories. It happens everywhere. So what mistakes could you look out for?

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Best approach for agile risk management



Can agile and risk management co-exist?

That was the question posed by Leo Sadovy at SAS in – Agile risk management – What might that look like?

My immediate thought: “Is there any other way?”

Leo had led a conversation at the International Institute for Analytics. They were discussing how organizations adapt when things don’t go as planned and how risk management may either help or hinder efforts.

Leo’s response was that agile risk management translated into scenario planning and your ability to switch from plan A to B  – effectively and efficiently.

Other members of the group weren’t so sure. There was a belief that current operational risk management practices were cumbersome and would hinder the “agile” side of the equation.

Thus the question: Agile risk management – what might that look like?

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Help others: 10 Steps to adapt, evolve & succeed

When the markets collapsed in 2008, what was your strategy to adapt, evolve and succeed?

For many it was a period of cut backs, lay offs and shock.  The rationale?

Money is tight, there’s not enough time to try something new, and we simply can’t afford to do anything perceived as risky.

Let me share a simple strategy that can help you adapt, evolve and succeed, in both good times and bad. A strategy that will unlock funds, give you more time to innovate, reduce risk and grow your organization.

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Building a successful business – part 2 – Vision to Action

Your big idea may sound eloquent and obvious – to you – but what about the market?

The next 4 keys provide a checklist for translating your vision to action.

Key #4 Clarity

Key #4 for building a successful business - Clarity

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Building a successful Business – Part 1 – Mindset & Ideas

Big or small, for profit or not, in any industry or country, there are 8 timeless keys to building a successful business.

The first 3 are about mindset and the ability to come up with great ideas. The next 4 vision. And the 8th passion.

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Understanding & building Customer Value

Regardless of how good your earnings are this quarter, with declining or no customer equity you won’t have a business for long.

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Culture and innovation – top 3 tips

Every culture, good or bad, has its own immune system – systems designed to defend it. The good ones reject complacency; the bad ones foreign ideas.

So how do you create a culture where individuals want to do more than defend; a culture that fuels innovation?

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How to manage a conveyor belt of innovation

No matter how differentiated your offers, competitors catch up, and put pressure on margins.

Your best defense is to create a conveyor belt of innovative offers. The key is to understand the “innovation life cycle” and what sub optimizes results.

Here are my top 3 tips

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