The CEO's role is rapidly being transformed according to this McKinsey article 'Why digital transformation is now on the CEO’s shoulders'
"Digital transformation is being driven from the top, personally mandated by the CEO. This is something new."
The most critical thing here though is that while digital transformation is critical in priority and senior focus, it needs cultural transformation to actually be successful. If senior leaders really want to transform, they need to own cultural change as well, because.....they are the only ones who can as their behaviour is the essence of that culture. Yes CEO's, cultural transformation is also on your shoulders because without you owning and leading it, other important things like digital transformation rarely get done the way you need them to. There are a whole lot of mindsets to be changed in an organisation before people start embracing a digital future. That's really where CEO's need to start.
Lets hope McKinsey are saying the following soon "Cultural transformation is being driven from the top, personally mandated by the CEO". Our extensive experience in co-creating the right cultures has certainly proven that cultural change must be owned and actively lead by senior leaders, and integrated into everything they do, to be successful.
Let's talk about how that is done.