Jonathan Becher

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Why No One Is Showing Up For Your Digital Transformation

11-Nov-2015 | Jonathan Becher

Because everyone seems to be talking about digital, I previously outlined the three elements required for a true digital transformation: a new customer experience, a new business model, and a new valu

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Simple Rules Can Overcome A Complex World

29-Oct-2015 | Jonathan Becher

When we face complexity, we have a choice between a simple solution and a complex solution. -Donald Sull Over the last few months, I've made a dent in my book reading list and now have a sizable backl

Spotting Exceptional Talent

15-Oct-2015 | Jonathan Becher

Over the last few months, I spent a fair amount of time looking for people to add to my team. Actually that’s not quite right – other people spent time recruiting. I thought I didn’t have to do

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Are You A Digitalist? Join The SAP TweetChat: What’s On The CDO’s Mind? September 24

21-Sep-2015 | Jonathan Becher

In my role as SAP’s first Chief Digital Officer (CDO) and Head of the SAP Digital business unit, I’m responsible for guiding SAP through its digital transformation, a role I transitioned to 10 mon


Avoid Digital-Washing: How To Recognize A True Digital Transformation

17-Sep-2015 | Jonathan Becher

Digital transformation is a term that has clearly taken its place in the current business lexicon. But what does it really mean? Does it represent the latest zeitgeist or a true opportunity? Is it not

Using Small Wins To Ignite Joy, Engagement, And Creativity At Work [VIDEO]

13-Aug-2015 | Jonathan Becher

Given that multiple research studies show only a small fraction of employees are engaged at work, I’ve spent a disproportionate amount of time talking to people about how  leaders can empower emplo

Unicorn Companies: Is The Glass Half Empty Or Half Full?

4-Aug-2015 | Jonathan Becher

The pessimist believes the glass is half empty and the optimist sees it as half full, but the insomniac stays up all night trying to decide the answer. This is an amusing twist on the classic express

How To Make Better Decisions

1-Jul-2015 | Jonathan Becher

I always ask aspiring business people: How do you beat Bobby Fischer, the renowned chess champion of the 1970’s? The Answer: Play him at anything but chess. This excerpt is from the second chapter

History Might Not Be The Greatest Teacher

17-Jun-2015 | Jonathan Becher

As I wrote a few weeks ago, "Antifragile" was a better book than I expected it to be. One passage that stuck in my mind long after I read it was the following: Risk management professionals look in th

What The Heck Is Antifragile?

24-Apr-2015 | Jonathan Becher

OK, an admission: I’ve been avoiding reading Antifragile, the latest but now three-year-old book by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. Nothing against Taleb; I follow him on Twitter and really enjoyed his earli