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5 Harvard Business Review Articles CIOs Should Read This Month

Every month, through our partnership with Harvard Business Review, we refresh our resource library with five new HBR articles that we believe will be highly valued by CIOs and IT managers. Check out the selected pieces below, available to readers through the end of the month.

We live in a digital world and digitization is necessary for business success. So what should companies be striving for in pursuit of their next transformation in order to gain competitive advantage? A reinvention of leadership! And that requires fundamental shifts in senior leaders, not just in the capabilities of individuals, but in how they collectively steer the ship. In this HBR report, PwC experts draw on their research at 12 major global companies to highlight leadership contradictions. How can you be a great visionary and an expert executor at the same time? Download to learn why improving leadership teams is an urgent imperative and the specific behaviors and actions CEOs need to take.

Download: Reinventing Your Leadership Team

Agile has gained amazing momentum over the past two decades, even beyond software development. There’s agile HR, agile project management, agile customer service, agile sales, agile operations, agile C suite, and so on. Why do so many organizations that undertake agile transformations fail in their attempts? How can your team reap the rewards of agility? Author and CEO Timothy R. Clark conducted interviews with leading agile experts and evaluated several agile teams to discover that many do not follow the first value of the Agile Manifesto: “People and interactions rather than processes and tools”. Download this report to find out what’s stopping you from delivering the fast, smooth, and scalable solutions you envisioned. Hint: you need to increase psychological safety to foster a collaborative and high performing agile team.

Download: Agile doesn’t work without psychological safety

Digital transformation is about changing where value is created and how your business model is structured. Some parts of digital transformation are simple and easy to implement, while other aspects completely change the way businesses operate. More often these days, value creation happens externally rather than internally, and from external partners rather than internal employees. Called a “reverse enterprise”, this change in organizational structure affects the technology but also the people who manage this technology. Executives should understand and undertake partner relationship management, partner data management, partner product management, platform governance, and platform strategy. They must learn to motivate people they don’t know to share ideas they don’t have. Read on to learn how to run a reverse business and discover the new rules of creating value, according to professors from Boston University and Dartmouth College.

To download: Digital transformation is changing the way businesses create value

Unconscious bias training is important for any company looking for a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive workforce. We are all guilty of quick judgments and preconceptions, so by raising awareness of our own internal biases about people’s character – often based on race and gender – we create more opportunities for hiring practices and fairer promotions, not to mention a huge improvement in interactions between customers and colleagues. So how can unconscious bias training be most effective? By teaching participants to manage their biases and practice new behaviors, in addition to monitoring their progress. Provide them with information that challenges stereotypes and allows them to connect with other employees whose backgrounds and life experiences are different from their own. And it’s not a one-time thing; it involves a long journey and structural organizational changes. Download this report to learn how behavioral scientist Francesa Gino and Harvard Business School professor Katherine Coffman are helping employees overcome denial and act on their conscience, build empathy that fights bias, diversify their networks and commit to overall improvement.

Download: Unconscious Bias Training That Works

Digital transformation means different things to different leaders. Therefore, it can be difficult to know where you should focus your investments and what kind of digital transformation you are looking for. The authors of this HBR article outline four pillars of digital transformation: improving IT, digitizing operations, digital marketing, and new businesses. The best starting point for your business depends on your digital maturity as well as your industry. Download this article to learn how to plan your digital transformation accordingly.

Download: The 4 pillars of a successful digital transformation