Margaret Heffernan writes books and blogs, teaches and mentors senior and chief executives, and has built and led organisations of all sizes. Now an acclaimed business author, Margaret has published five books largely addressing the nature of effective leadership and challenging many of the assumptions and stereotypes that business has adopted.
With examples from the business world from new tech disruptors to established multinationals, Margaret analyses the nature of good leadership. She considers the culture of disruptive businesses that have revolutionised the workplace, and how things have changed from the top-down, command-and-control style of traditional business to a more collaborative, less dog-eat-dog philosophy.
Fad or Fantasy?
Has there ever been more hype around technology? AI-enabled toothbrushes and intelligent razors: it’s hard to tell the real from the unreal, the useful from the useless. But ignoring new developments won’t work either. The meaningful changes in the application world can’t be ignored, but neither are many of them ready for prime time, in a real business environment where mistakes matter.
So how can teams and their leaders embrace change without naivety to enable digital transformations with integrity? Maintaining the balance between valuable learning from the past and intelligent inquiry about the future is the essential balancing act of leadership in technology. In applications specifically, technological commitment is long term — so how do leaders and their teams make intelligent, supported decisions about their futures?