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Four Must-Read Digital Transformation Books for You To Get Started

Change is difficult. However, in the wake of digital transformation, change is required, because it currently is and will continue to impact every business. Undergoing transformation has its advantages, but several things must be taken into account, including innovation, processes, and methodologies. The pace of change means that organizations need to be proactive in order to face these challenges. Being a successful digital leader means realizing that people are just as important as technology. Creating harmony between technology and people is the answer to a digital future. Leaders should foster a digital culture and be ready to embrace change and innovation. In order to get started, and get insightful information and then apply them into your organization, we recommend you put these books on your reading list.

1. Digital Transformation: Build Your Organization’s Future for the Innovation Age by Lindsay Herbert

When dealing with innovation, organizations face multiple challenges and try to answer questions on where should they start, how to allocate the necessary resources, and what data should they measure. This book is an excellent resource which will help you to champion digital transformation within the organization. Through her own experience, the author writes about the ways to lead change and innovation successfully. The book shows that the most important ingredient for the digital shift is in the culture and not only in the tools. It further shows how to digitally transform successfully in five actionable stages. The book is also rich in providing features and insights from leaders and experts of known organizations, such as Harvard University, Morgan Stanley, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, and more.

2. The Digital Transformation Playbook: Rethink Your Business for the Digital Age by David L. Rogers

Many leaders are puzzled by the constantly changing business environment and are concerned about the ways they can keep abreast of these changes. In this book, the author explains that digital transformation is not only about technology, but it is about upgrading the strategic thinking. The author outlines the changing business landscape and more importantly gives practical lessons on how to transform and adapt in a digital economy, no matter the age or industry of the business. Every strategy in this playbook is illustrated with real-world case studies from globally known organizations such as GE, Google, Airbnb, etc. If you are an executive and looking to take the organization to the next level with growth, you cannot afford to miss this book.

3. Leading Digital: Turning Technology into Business Transformation by George Westerman, Didier Bonnet, and Andrew McAfee

When we think of digital transformation, the first impression we get is it being only relevant to some industries like media and tech. However, in today’s modern world, every industry and business is impacted. In this book, the authors illustrate how different industries are using this to achieve a strategic advantage. Read what it takes to become a Digital Master based on a study of more than 400 global organizations such as Nike, Burberry, Lloyds Banking Group, and more. This book is organized in a two-part framework which shows where to invest in digital capabilities and how to lead the transformation. It offers a complete guide with useful practices on how to become a Digital Master in just 12 steps.

4. Beyond the Wall of Resistance: Why 70% of All Changes Still Fail–and What You Can Do About It by Rick Maurer

Change is part of our everyday life. If you are dealing with it, this engaging read will help you increase the chances of your success. In this book, the author explains the reasons why most changes fail and how to deal with significant change through practical approaches with new case studies. This book is the benchmark for change. It is a cornerstone of the understanding of change management. The author explains this complex topic with simplicity, which makes it easy to understand. This is a great book where with an extensive experience and lots of case studies the author shows how you can benefit from the opportunities that change brings rather than look it as a threat.

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