What are the qualities needed to lead digital transformation

Steve Homan

An influential, driven and entrepreneurial CIO / CTO with a strong digital focus and successful background in B2B, media, leisure, consultancy, utilities, publishing, commercial & corporate sectors. A fast paced change agent who has completed the transformation of the technology of consumer offerings of two global brands. Commercially-aware and business-led, with broad IT experience having worked for world-class organisations including Daily Mail Group, Fitness First and PA Consulting. Recent publication: http://www.cio.co.uk/profile/steve-homan-3625840/10-2-2016/

2 Responses

  1. Jim DuBois says:

    Good article Steve, and great points about what a transformative leader needs. Mindset is so important. You imply it, but I would call out more explicitly that in major transformations, a leader also needs to be comfortable making mistakes. When trying to do something new and covering so much new territory, there is no way to get everything perfect the first time. Fear of making mistakes can slow everything down, while a willingness to make a mistake, learn from it, and improve, I think is necessary to achieve real success.

  2. Steve Homan says:

    Totally agree @jim-dubois. I have seen entire management teams gripped by collective passive fear of getting something wrong – with the result of trying to find the path of lease resistance instead of the path of maximum gain. Also a fair bit of failing slowly and painfully and pretending it’s not happening!

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