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5 Harvard Business Review articles every CIO should read now

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Through our partnership with Harvard Business Review, we update our resource library monthly with five new HBR articles that CIOs and IT leaders will love. Check out the handpicked pieces below, available to our readers until the end of the month.

In addition to record numbers of people quitting their jobs, we’ve also seen employees express dissatisfaction with their work-life balance these days. is too short. Employees still face social inequalities and the environment suffers. Management effort to influence change is minimal. Many large companies worry about what their business will be like if they become purpose-oriented rather than profit maximizing. Agile can help. Download this article to learn how to approach tough decisions about corporate purpose. His authors and consultants Darrell Rigby, Sarah Elk, and Steve Berez share their recommendations for practical actions and outcomes.

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The past few decades have brought significant changes to engineering, digital, and agile initiatives. It goes without saying that the pandemic has changed the way we work. Most of us work remotely. This has changed the role of management on three dimensions for her: authority, skills and structure. Managers are tasked with ensuring their teams succeed, rather than receiving services from them. They must guide performance and lead in a changing environment. These changes place more responsibility on managers than ever before and require new capabilities to be demonstrated, which can be difficult to keep up with. Read this report to learn how big companies like IBM are helping managers reinvent their roles in the new world of work. Developing new skills, rewiring systems and processes to better support work, and redefining responsibilities is one way managers can catch up.

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Why are some companies struggling to reap the benefits of digital transformation, while others are thriving? Digital transformation involves executives, managers, and front-line employees working together. and rethink how every aspect of your business should operate. In this article, Microsoft Advisor Marco Iansiti and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella discuss his five stages of digital transformation that companies typically follow. Download this report to learn what leaders must do to help their employees become innovators.

Download: Democratizing Transformation

People with unique skills can make a big impact in an organization. So how do we retain these valuable employees? We know rewards work, but talented people aren’t motivated by money alone. Feeling special is very important. Individual recognition of talent is important. Praising or extolling the value that a group brings does not necessarily make individuals (even elite) within that group feel exceptional. If you don’t acknowledge individual contributions, employees will resent you and seek validation elsewhere. Download this report to find out the three things you should never do if you want to keep your talent.

Download: Real Tips for Maintaining Talent

Digital transformation is about changing where value is created and how business models are structured. Some aspects of digital transformation are simple and easy to implement, while others completely change the way companies work. These days, value creation is often done externally rather than internally, and by external partners rather than internal employees. Called the “reverse company,” this organizational change affects not just technology, but the people who manage that technology. Executives should understand and execute partner relationship management, partner data management, partner product management, platform governance, and platform strategy. They must learn how to motivate strangers to share ideas they don’t have. Learn how to reveal new rules.

download: Digital transformation is changing the way companies create value

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CIOs have led the acceleration of digital transformation at a pace unthinkable before the pandemic. IT leaders now have a powerful role to play in reimagining the nature of work, enabling hybrid teams to thrive, and setting new precedents for digital innovation across their organizations. This new study by Harvard Business Review Analytic Services identifies four focus areas for CIOs and IT leaders as they work to increase the flexibility, resilience and momentum of their digital transformations. From reimagining work to building a digital sensibility across the enterprise to creating a more agile operating model, discover what her leading CIO lists as priorities. Download this report to find out what it takes to lead IT in the year ahead.

Download: Keeping the Momentum of Digital Transformation