Transformation at Work – Part III, Leadership

This is the third of three posts citing real-life examples of transformation at work. This one features leadership as a key ingredient in driving transformation. The first one was about courage. The second was about conviction. Leadership. We defined leadership as “being the poster child of change by visibly and emotionally motivating, enticing and enrolling others in the quest.” Leadership is getting out there with people, being physically present and active in support of the new agenda. The transition at PTC to a value-based selling model was a complete departure for a company with a...

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Transformation at Work – Part II, Conviction

This is the second of three posts citing real-life examples of transformation at work. This one features conviction as a key ingredient in driving transformation. The first transformation-at-work post was about courage. Conviction. We defined conviction as “staying true to the mission and not softening the edges.” Conviction is staying the course even when popular opinion strives to shoot it down. Being in the early phases of a new idea is a difficult place to be. It can be very lonely. When PTC, the CAD software company, was rapidly losing revenue from its founding business model...

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The Three Essential Ingredients of Transformation

Sustainable transformation – that powerful force of change that can lift your organization to a new, higher-value S-curve – requires three essential ingredients operating at full capacity all of the time. They are: Courage – choosing what needs to be done versus what can be done Conviction – staying true to the mission and not softening the edges Leadership – being the poster child of change by visibly and emotionally motivating, enticing and enrolling others in the quest Why are these ingredients essential to sustainable transformation? Courage is easy to talk about, but...

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Noise

It’s amazing to see the hype around hot categories today like cloud computing, social media and clean technology. Everywhere you turn, online or offline, pundits are talking about them, media are writing about them, and companies are selling all kinds of solutions for them. While these categories are indeed significant, the noise around them is deafening. If you’re intrigued with these concepts, you’ve likely noted that every trend comes with a frenzy of opinions and solutions, and everyone has his or her own take on what to do – or, more accurately, what to buy. In the case of cloud...

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