5 Harvard Business Review articles that will resonate with CIOs right now

Each month, through our partnership with Harvard Business Review, we refresh our resource library with…

Each month, through our partnership with Harvard Business Review, we refresh our resource library with five new HBR articles we believe CIOs and IT leaders will value highly. Check out the curated pieces below, available to readers through the end of the month.

Digital transformation means different things to different leaders. Therefore, it can be difficult to know where you should be focusing investment — and what kind of digital transformation you’re after. The authors of this HBR article outline four pillars of digital transformation: IT uplift, digitizing operations, digital marketing, and new ventures. The best starting point for your company depends on your digital maturity as well as your industry. Download this article to discover how to plan your digital transformation accordingly.

Download: The 4 Pillars of Successful Digital Transformations

Companies are starting to realize the impact emotional intelligence has on its success. In some cases, it’s more important than IQ or technical skill. Investing in EQ is important, so companies would be wise to explore AI solutions that can help make their teams more emotionally intelligent, and better communicators. Enhancing these skills will lead to a more efficient, productive, and empathetic workforce. AI technology can enhance our EQ by offering self-awareness and helping to manage key work relationships. There is a long way to go with this technology, but it is becoming more intelligent every day through an increase in data, scale, and sophistication. Read on to learn how AI will help humans do better work, namely around improving our emotional intelligence and other soft skills. 

Download: Can AI Teach Us How to Become More Emotionally Intelligent?

When we first saw the rise of Amazon, Netflix, Google, etc., some of us imagined the demise of major motion-picture studios. But that hasn’t happened. The reason for that is discussed in this HBR article from Michael D. Smith, professor of information technology and marketing: How were studios able to respond to the threat posed by new digital technologies? They changed their existing business model, which involved selling access to scarce content sold in scarce channels by filling seats in theaters, selling advertisements on prime-time television, and selling shiny plastic disks for $20 a pop, and instead rediscovered their underlying business mission — creating great entertainment and getting it in front of the right audience. Guided by that new perspective, the studios began to embrace new technologies and new business models. If a mission-driven response to digital transformation worked in Hollywood, imagine what it could do for your firm. Download this report to discover three lessons learned from what the motion-picture industry did right.

Download: Lessons from Hollywood’s Digital Transformation

Transitioning to a new role via promotion and title change, switching companies altogether, or being eager for the prospect of a new challenge within your existing company can be a big boost to your career. But some of these moves aren’t as easy or successful as they were previously given the more dynamic and collaborative workplaces of today. The authors of this report analyzed employee relationships and communication patterns across 100+ diverse companies and interviewed numerous executives. They discovered that a prerequisite for transition success relied on the effective use of internal networks. That involves five practices: surging; generating pull; identifying; creating scale, and shaping. Dive into this report to determine how to quickly build the connections that will help you thrive in a new role. 

Download: How to Succeed Quickly in a New Role

Leaving a job can be daunting. You’re often walking away from solid relationships, potential references, and the dedicated experience you’ve given to the company you’re departing. While you can’t control how your boss or colleagues react to your decision, you can control how you leave to minimize any unwanted damages. Bestselling author Rob Carucci shares six ways to take the leap and leave your pride intact. These include telling your boss right away to give as much advance notice as possible; being gracious and firm versus angry or ambivalent; preparing for potential backlash or hurt feelings; considering your peers who may be managing leftover assignments; and standing firm in your decision. Download this report to uncover solid advice for managing the transition. 

Download: Yes, You Can Quit Your Job Without Burning a Bridge

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CIOs have led the acceleration of digital transformation at a pace that was unthinkable pre-pandemic. Now, IT leaders have a powerful role to play in rethinking the nature of work, enabling hybrid teams to thrive, and setting a new precedent for digital innovation across their organizations. This new research from Harvard Business Review Analytic Services identifies four focus areas for CIOs and IT leaders as they work toward enabling greater flexibility, resilience, and momentum for digital transformation. From reimagining work to building digital acumen across the enterprise to creating more agile operating models, discover what leading CIOs say they’re prioritizing. Download this report to learn what’s required for leading IT in the year ahead. 

Download: Maintaining momentum on digital transformation

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