Driving Digital Transformation at the BBC with Dmitry Shishkin (MDE258)

Dmitry Shishkin is Digital Editor at the BBC World Service, shaping the evolution of the famed BBC World Service in the digital age. He’s also overseeing the languages digital product requirements, helping the expansion into the strategic “need” and “want” … Continue reading

10 Reasons Why Every CEO Needs To Be More Digital….And Have A Strong Digital Presence

“Why should I bother being on social networks?” asked the CEO of a major organization. “It seems like a major waste of my time when I barely have enough time for strategic thinking.” As the social media landscape continues to evolve, it’s … Continue reading

Sexual Harassment: How To Evaluate And When To Pardon? Is Grace Ever Possible?

With all the mounting accusations of sexual misconduct by men in power, I have had several conversations in different countries — with men and women — that have made me pause. To date, there have been at least 40 well-known … Continue reading

Is Progress Inevitable? The More Digital One Is, The Less Digital One Wants To Be?

I’ve been known to start off conversations by saying: Most Gen Y don’t agree with me; Gen Z typically frown at the thought; and Baby Boomers tend to split down the middle. The underlying concept behind this question is: Is … Continue reading

Innovate or Disappear. Olivier Laborde on leadership and innovation within large business (MDE256)

Olivier Laborde is one of those unusual breeds of operational executives in a large well-known multinational who has also published a book, an award winner no less, Innovate or Disappear (in French, Innover ou Disparaître, published by Dunod May 2017). I … Continue reading

Converting From a Commercial to a Social Enterprise, A Real Life Case with Phillip Ullmann at Cordant Group (MDE255)

Phillip Ullmann is the Chief Energiser (CEO) of Cordant Group, a £850MM family-owned international company offering integrated services including recruitment, security, cleaning and technical electrical services. In this interview, we discuss how Phillip has led the company from a commercial … Continue reading

Brand Relevancy, Disruption and Digital Transformation with Charlene Li (MDE254)

Charlene Li is author, thought-leader and world renowned speaker, principal analyst of Altimeter, a Prophet Company. In this podcast, we explore the ongoing disruptive challenges of digital transformation. We also take a closer look at the latest research coming out of … Continue reading

Button Maker? Weather Forecaster? Paperclips? Here’s why companies need to hire different types of profiles

Just recently, I was listening to a quirky podcast on New Books in Technology, with Brian Clegg as guest. Clegg, who has many books and accolades to his name, is the author of a new book, “Big Data: How the Information … Continue reading

What’s The Expected Lifespan Of Your Company? Why Should You Care?

The average lifespan of a publicly traded company continues to fall. Depending on who you listen to, the number is now below 18 years. That number has dropped from 61 in 1958 and 25 in 1980. That’s what was reported … Continue reading

How To Analyze Amazon’s Acquisition of Whole Foods – Check Their Missionary Position

Will Amazon transform Whole Foods or vice versa? As this WSJ article posits, so far the impact seems to be the former. Naturally, the whole reason Whole Foods had to be acquired was because they were lacking in the results … Continue reading