May 13, 2018

Chief Digital Officer - Evolution of the Role

In year 2015, PWC team came out with the finding that "Chief Digital Officers" were present in 6% of the top 1500 organizations.

Business are becoming digital as business data processing progressed to business transaction processing and from there to business data analysis in real time giving actionable information in marketing, production and maintenance areas. Thus catching customer attention has become a digital business activity now. Instantly informing a customer order and arranging delivery to the place where the customer is standing also became a digital activity now. Businesses have to adopted digital technology. Hence the role of CDO is evolving and becoming an important executive position in more and more companies.


May 8, 2018

Prof. Dan Cable - Organizational Behavior

Your best self at work



May 7, 2018

Energizing The Organization

As a leader (manager), you are burden, if you are not bringing out the best in your employees.

The key to bringing out the best in your employees is to help people feel purposeful, motivated and energized so they can bring their best selves to work. The best strategy to do this is to become a servant leader.  Servant leaders view their key role as serving employees as they perform the tasks assigned to them,  explore and innovate and grow their capabilities providing resources, training, learning and emotional support to them as organization associates and members of the community. 

Adopted from How Humble Leadership Really Works, Dan Cable, APRIL 23, 2018, Harvard Business Review.

Energy of the organization is an important topic with articles, report and book associated with Harvard Business Review and HBS Press

You are a value creating leader for your group, team or organization only when you can energize and motivate your team of direct reports (followers) to perform at a higher level to achieve the objectives and goals set for the group/team/organization.

For doing any task, program or strategic initiative, as a leader, you have to bring forth energy from inside of you. The energy should be visible to your followers. Then the process of energizing them will start. Vision and strategy, the organization structure, and the culture are the devices for creating the motive and energy within your followers.

The topic that I selected for highlighting as a top management challenge is an important issue in management and leadership practice. I come to know of it today (6 April 2017) as I searched the net for additional information. I shall develop this article into a bigger one some time later after the April A to Z Blogging challenge is completed.

Leader Energy Input to Organization

Anabolic (energy) leaders have the ability to motivate and inspire themselves and others to do extraordinary things. They have the ability to make energetic shifts in all levels of the organization. The most successful organizations are those that are filled with powerful, positive, anabolic leaders, and that means everyone in the organization, not just the “ones at the top.” (

Energizing The Organization in the Four Dimensions

The Human Era calls for a new kind of leader, whose most fundamental role is to serve as Chief Energy Officers, responsible for mobilizing, focusing, inspiring, and regularly recharging the energy of those they lead.

In the physical dimension, that means ensuring that team members effectively balance intense effort with real renewal at various intervals of time including within a day.

Emotionally, the charge to leaders is to truly care for those they lead, do not create negative emotions and try to create positive emotions that enhance energy.  –  Believing the capacity of subordinates to exceed the organization's expectations is the starting point. Provide the best training and understanding to the employees of the organization. Just as in battle, the strategy is to put employees in tasks where they can with through their tactical play.

Mentally, effective leaders create an environment in which employees are empowered to set clear priorities and firm boundaries, so they’re able to focus in an absorbed way on immediate, tactical work, to take sacrosanct time for creative and strategic thinking, and to work flexibly, in ways that best suit their personal and organizational needs.

Finally, in the spiritual dimension, the best leaders define a clear and compelling vision and a set of values that inspire team members – while serving themselves as role models who walk their talk.

(Source: "The human era @ work: Findings from The Energy Project and Harvard Business Review, 2014")

Manage Your Energy, Not Your Time.
By: Schwartz, Tony. Harvard Business Review. Oct2007, Vol. 85 Issue 10, p63-73.

Time, Talent, Energy: Overcome Organizational Drag and Unleash Your Team’s Productive Power 

Michael Mankins is a partner in Bain & Company’s San Francisco office and the former head of the firm’s Organization practice in the Americas. He is the author or coauthor of two books and numerous articles in Harvard Business Review and other leading publications.

Eric Garton, a partner in Bain & Company’s Chicago office, has written and spoken widely on organizational issues. He leads the firm’s global Organization practice and is a senior member of its Consumer Products and Industrial Goods & Services practices.

Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press (March 7, 2017)

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Updated on 8 May 2018, 6 April 2017

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