Given the pace at which digital innovation is disrupting industries globally, it’s not surprising that most management teams feel pressured to find and deploy the right technology as fast as their budgets will allow. Many are discovering, however, that becoming a digital leader isn’t simply a matter of technological savvy. A common misconception is that if your address isn’t in Silicon Valley, your company is disadvantaged when it comes to capitalising on digital innovation. But most companies are already steeped in technology and learning fast about how it can transform their businesses. Typically, teams in the field are well aware of the digital threats and opportunities within their area of the organisation — usually more so than the corporate centre. They have launched apps, deployed robotics, established partnerships with digital players or are using data to analyse their businesses and make better decisions. The real challenge for leadership teams is chanelling this energy int...

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