In March 2013 I met with Mark Raskino during at a break at Gartner’s CIO Forum in California to muse a new book concept. The idea was to combine and deepen our research on how technology trends will cause every industry to be digitally remastered, along with the leadership skills needed win in such a marketplace. Today we are again together at the sold-out Gartner Symposium 2015 conference filled with a sense of anticipation as the book (Digital to the Core) conceived 2.5 years ago will be launched.
Since that day in 2013 digital business trends have intensified. Platform based ride sharing models have outstripped the number of traditional yellow cab taxi rides in New York. The first FAA approved drone has delivered medical supplies to rural medical facility in West Virginia. French tennis equipment company Babolat has successfully petitioned the International Tennis Federation to create the 31st rule of tennis – allowing a digital racquet in match play. And even in an industry like tobacco it is anticipated that e-cigarettes will outsell ‘combustible’ cigarettes by 2023. Digital is penetrating rapidly to the core, to the heart of products and services and every industry is indeed being digitally remastered.
In this highly disruptive marketplace context the leadership skills that have anchored past success will often not be the ones needed to win in digital business. In fact they can be impediments to your success! We look forward to sharing at Tuesday’s session the six leadership personas common to successful executives who are already taking ‘digital to the core’. Plus there will be the opportunity to hear first-hand from GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt during Mark Raskino’s mastermind interview. May your leadership skills help you take digital to the core of your business. It’s time.
Carpe diem, Graham