Culture and people are the biggest barriers to digital transformation, according to Gartner's 2018 CIO Agenda, and every CIO has to ensure that their colleagues are comfortable with change if their digital initiatives are to succeed.
Here's how some of the leading CIOs in the UK are creating a good company culture.
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September 4, 2019
1. Encourage autonomy
Giving employees greater feel more valued. autonomy and ownership of their work will encourage innovation and make staff
Scott Petty, CTO at Vodafone UK, has helped his team of engineers to work more autonomously by providing them with the digital collaboration tools, systems and applications they need to work more independently.
"The 'Build it, Ship it, Love it' code our engineers live by encourages everyone to have a real sense of ownership of their work, and to take pride in the products they're building," Petty wrote in
CIO UK. "As a result, we're seeing a new engineering culture take hold, one that recognises the value of autonomy and individual initiative. It's gaining real momentum across the business." Read the full interview here.
Good collaboration with executives and team members can provide a greater understanding of the business.
Ascential CIO Sean Harley told us how collaboration is displayed in the workplace to express teamwork and other core factors.
"For me, being a successful CIO is about the people that you have within your teams and empowering them to be able to make their own informed decisions and not make decisions for them by making sure they've got the right enablement and the support from me at the same time," he said.
"We focus a lot on our people, and what that delivers for us is commitment and desire and opportunity for the people to progress. In terms of culture, we're a progressive company. We've got many examples of people that come in through the help desk, let's say in a tier-one role, and are now working in many different teams. It's great to grow people and see the reward in that."
Read the full interview here.
9. Act as a leader
Effective leadership can determine how engaged and motivated team members are.
Offering support to team members, regular check-ups and follow-ups can drive the business forward for embracing cultural change.
The behavioural and cultural aspect of the organisation has seen Director of IT
Neil Williams shift his focus to business engagement and changing behaviour at the University of Derby.
"When I took the role of IT director in 2010, the IT services department was unbalanced – focused predominantly on the delivery of technology rather than service," he said.
"Since then, I have led the service to a position where the focus on business engagement and the provision of an assured, flexible and transformational service is now the norm and has enabled my influence and contribution to extend beyond the IT systems to influencing corporate strategy and corporate transformation."