Episode 27

Paul Leinwand and Matt Mani: Rethinking leadership beyond digital

‘Digital transformation’ are big buzzwords in business. But digital initiatives alone are not enough to win in the marketplace — companies need to reimagine the compelling value they will offer and how they will create it in a differentiating way. Two senior partners from Strategy&, former colleagues and friends, set out seven leadership imperatives for transforming companies in the new digital era based on extensive research of 12 companies, including Philips, Microsoft and Adobe:

  1. Reimagine your company’s place in the world.
  2. Embrace and create value via ecosystems.
  3. Build a system of privileged insights with your customers.
  4. Make your organisation outcome-oriented.
  5. Invert the focus of your leadership team.
  6. Reinvent the social contract with your people.
  7. Disrupt your own leadership approach.

This is a stimulating, immersive discussion leaving you with a new manifesto for leading your organisation. They even say which one of the leadership archetypes they are! I always try to get to the personal side too, as you know.

The best bits of these conversations are captured in my newsletter Flashes+Sparks.

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04.07 Has ‘digital’ become passé?
05.38 Focus on adding value to society.
06.43 How to shape the future.
08.40 Privileged consumer insights.
10.12 Creating an outcomes organisation.
12.39 A new social contract at work.
14.40 Ecosystems — evolution or revolution?
17.00 The hardest leadership roles to master.
19.38 Distributing responsibility throughout the organisation.
21.47 What it takes for leaders to make bold decisions.
24.10 How to shape the future whilst bringing the best of the past.
25.57 One message for an emerging leader.

“There is really no mechanism to stay relevant and shape your future without really having a connection with your customers.”

Paul Leinwand and Matt Mani, Strategy& partners

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