THE DIGITAL LEADERSHIFT 



Leaders who undertake a voyage of personal development can transform not only their own capabilities but also those of their organization.

Harvard Business Review

 

Ultimately, leadership that creates an open, adaptive culture and fosters buy-in of change is the linchpin for today's digital transformation....

Digital transformation today is not about technology.  It is about the exponential connection that enables the organization to provide a great experience for their customers every single time, at every single touch point.

Deloitte Digital

Similar to Digital transformation, great leadership should also be about the exponential connection that enables the organization to provide a great experience for their employees, partners and customers, every single time, at every single touch point.

 

Leaders become great not because of their power
but because of their ability to EMpower others, ignite passion and transform thinking.

John C. Maxwell

 

Change fixes the past. Transformation creates the future. Understanding whether you are pursuing CHANGE VS. TRANSFORMATION – and ensuring that everyone in the group agrees on your goal - will dictate your success.

The Primes

 

What differentiates leaders is how they interpret their surroundings and react when their power or safety is challenged.

Harvard Business Review

 

The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves

Ray Croc

A great leader is one people follow because they want to not because they have to.

Simon Sinek

People follow a leader not because who the leader is, but because of the value they gain for themselves.

Simon Sinek

 

Before you are a leader, success is about growing yourself.
When you become a leader, success is about growing others

Jack Welch

A great leader is one who recognizes that helping just one person may not change the world, but it sure will change the world for that one person

 

 

Treat people like they make a difference and they will!

Jim Goodnight - CEO SAS

Nobody can go back and start a new beginning.
But everyone can go back and start a new ending

Maria Robinson

Level 5 leaders channel their ego needs away from themselves and into the larger goal of building a great company.

Jim Collins - Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't

"Enduring great companies don't exist merely to deliver returns to shareholders. Indeed, in a truly great company, profits and cash flow become like blood and water to a healthy body: They are absolutely essential for life, but they are not the very point of life."

Jim Collins - Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't

 

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How Leading Organizations Are Using Digital for Strategic Advantage

By: Rania Kort    
 

Digital transformation efforts are underway in most organizations today as digital leaders are uncovering new opportunities that create added value and better ways to engage with customers.

Businesses are in various stages of using digital advancements to better compete. Some organizations are in the beginning stages while others are evolving into digital masters as they implement new innovative digital growth strategies to adapt to emerging trends. 

Although there are many different dimensions to digital transformation, here are some of the key areas that leaders are considering when using digital for strategic advantage.

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Top 10 Traits of Extraordinary Leaders and Entrepreneurs

By: Rania Kort     

Successful leaders are typically measured on the goals they achieve for their organization. However, achieving results is only part of what makes a great leader. 

 
Here is a list of the top 10 traits that apply to both corporate leaders and entrepreneurs. These traits can make a significant leadership difference in any type of organization – small or large, and can be practiced by any business professional who wants to shift from being ordinary to becoming an extraordinary leader regardless of their role.
 

 

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How to Make Your Project Management Office Provide Strategic Value 

By: Rania Kort     

 

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A Project Management Office (PMO) can play a significant role in helping organizations implement their strategic initiatives. It can help boost efficiency, reduce costs, and improve project delivery time. But its value continues to be a source of debate as PMOs struggle to demonstrate sufficient value and the needed buy-in at the executive level of the organization. 

Recent research shows that as many as 50 percent of Project Management Offices are failing, even as more and more organizations implement them. And of those not quite failing, a high percentage are not maturing fast enough to provide value to the organization’s bottom line. 

So What's the Problem? 

In this article I discuss why PMOs fail, how High Performance Organizations have leveraged their PMOs and some considerations to take into account to make your PMO provide strategic value in your organization.   

 
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By: Rania Kort     

 

The skill of project and program management has become an increasingly important area of focus as more and more companies are realizing the value it has to their bottom line, top-line and overall culture.  

Those of us who have been in the world of project management for a while know the multitude of challenges that are encountered in managing projects, many of which can cause major risks if not properly handled.  However, organizations still underestimate the level of experience, complexity and the bigger picture of what it takes to succeed in delivering projects. 

Are Organizations and Project Managers Missing the Bigger Picture About Project Management?  

In this article, I’d like to explore what the bigger picture is and what is missing in terms of best-practices to make project management successful.

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Emotional Intelligence: The Hidden Key to Success

By: Rania Kort

Emotional Intelligence (EI) is a one of the keys to success both personally and professionally. Yet many people do not have deep insight on how it impacts every aspect of their lives, in their relationships,  and in their effectiveness as leaders. In fact emotional intelligence drives the way people think and behave and can create the energy for success when it is deeply understood and mastered. 

Understanding the root causes of your emotions, what triggers them, how to manage them and  how to effectively drive yourself and interact with others is one of the most valuable tools to learn to drive success in a very different way.

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7 Strategies for Overcoming Resource Issues and Risks on Your Projects

By: Rania Kort     

 

Resource management is an area that every project manager knows is critical to project success; It is one of the major responsibilities of a project manager that requires both soft and hard skills. As part of the resource management process, a resource plan is put together with a list of the resources and the estimated time allocation needed by each resource. 

However many times there is a gap between planning and execution - and that gap could be significant when the resources are identified to work on the project. Project managers can end up with some real-life challenges when they find themselves encountering the people issues that make it very difficult to manage the project.  

 

Below are some of the obstacles that are common for project managers to come across when managing resources and seven key strategies for overcoming those obstacles:

 

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4 Effective Ways Leaders Introduce Change into Their Organization

By: Rania Kort     

 
Organizations are reshaping themselves and requiring that they change quickly in order to be competitive.  Customers are demanding more; excellence in service is becoming paramount; technology is constantly changing; the workforce needs are shifting;   and processes need constant improvements to meet these demands and changes.

Introducing and managing that change in an effective and efficient way is critical to every leader’s success. But with change comes resistance.  Meeting that resistance is one of the biggest challenges leaders face.  The more a leader understands the importance of driving the change cycle and the change management process, the more he or she can be at the helm of that change initiative.

Here are four ways a leader can act as a change agent to facilitate the change and increase the probability for successfully introducing the change into the organization.

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How Successful Risk-Takers Think  

By: Rania Kort     

 
 
Risk-taking is an imperative part of leadership and entrepreneurship. Being comfortable with taking risks is a very important characteristic in a leader's effectiveness. Entrepreneurs are by nature risk-takers and must take risks in order to thrive. Similarly with corporate leaders.  However in order to be effective at risk-taking, you need to have a way for calculating the risk and managing that risk.   We've heard the statement "the higher the risk, the higher the rewards". But at the same time, the higher the risk, the higher the failure.  
 
Successful leaders and entrepreneurs who are comfortable risk takers have developed a mindset around risk taking and a process by which to manage their risks in order to manage their emotions about the unknown, reap the benefits and maximize their returns when they take on risks to progress and grow.
 
Here are five ways that risk takers think to grow their organization: 
 

 

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7 Common Pitfalls to Avoid When Managing Projects  

By: Rania Kort     

 
 

Those of us who have been in the project management field for a long time know the many challenges and risks – both expected and unexpected - that can surface on projects. Combine that with the challenges of managing remote teams, different personalities, different agendas, conflicting priorities, booked schedules, unclear scope, and a stressed environment, and you have a road filled with many obstacles to overcome before you even start.  

 

In this article I’d like to start by summarizing some common pitfalls that I have experienced and observed in many of the client environments I have worked – in hopes to help others proactively mitigate and even avoid them

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How Organizations Grow and Age 

By: Rania Kort     

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Every organization goes through a life cycle that consists of different developmental stages, just as in the human life cycle we experience different stages - from infancy to childhood to adolescence to adulthood, to midlife, and so on.  Along with each of these stages, there are unique challenges, common modes of operations, threats and opportunities for growth.  

Just as in our own personal development and growth, we undergo turbulences, highs, lows, successes and failures, organizations undergo the same. When we are aware of what the causes are and understand what we need to do to succeed both from an internal and external perspective, then we can lead and make the necessary change to become more balanced, sustainable and successful.  Some can ride the waves to overcome these stages, others stay turbulent trying to survive, while fewer find a way to thrive even through turbulent times.  Why?  

 
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Three Ways Leaders Use Emotional Intelligence to Make a Difference

By: Rania Kort     
 

For many years, the broadly-accepted marker for potential leadership success was IQ (Intelligence Quotient). Entire educational systems and many a parenting style were based on academic achievement, in deference to the assumption that successful people had the highest IQ.

Studies in the last few decades, however, have shown that it is not IQ, but, rather, EQ (Emotional Quotient) that most dramatically affects the leadership success chart.  Known more widely as Emotional Intelligence (EI), EQ has little to do with what you know about the world, and more to do with how you know it, what you do with it, and how you feel about yourself and others.

Great leaders come from all walks of life to lead people and initiatives. They motivate and inspire. They take the time to understand those whom they would lead, and understand themselves as well. To be a true leader one must also be both humble and profound. In other words, to be a truly successful leader one must have a high degree of emotional intelligence. 

So what is emotional Intelligence? Find out more what emotional intelligence is and three ways leaders can use it to make a difference. 

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10 Communication Principles to Build Highly Effective Relationships

By: Rania Kort    

 

 

 

Communication is the universal tool for connecting with people and developing meaningful relationships in our lives. It is the magic glue that can help us achieve success not only in the work place but also in our personal lives.
 
The effectiveness or lack of effectiveness of our communications comes from our thinking, emotions and assumptions.
 
With the awareness about what drives communication and the guiding principles to help you identify what blocks communication, enhances interactions and sustains relationships, you can build highly effective relationships at all levels in business and in your own personal life.

 

Effective Stress Management Techniques to Apply Daily

By: Rania Kort      

Stress is a part of life and impacts everyone. It comes in all forms and levels of intensity, and has both positive and negative effects. Stress is a critical topic to address because it is affecting people at work, at home and in their overall lives. In most cases, stress causes problems when left unchecked. The issue is never whether people have stress or not in their lives; everyone experiences stress.  The issue is how much is your stress impacting you and how well are you managing it? 

Here are some healthy strategies and techniques to help you be aware of your stress and to turn your stress into productive action so it is does not impact your overall well-being, relationships and performance!