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5 Must-Read Harvard Business Review Articles In September
The Enterprisers Project, September 1st, 2020
Check out these five thought-provoking HBR articles, curated especially for CIOs and IT leaders

Carla Rudder writes in The Enterprisers Project, "Each month, through our partnership with Harvard Business Review, we refresh our business library for CIOs with five new HBR articles we believe CIOs and IT leaders will value highly. The curated pieces below are available now through the end of September.

  • How to lead your team past the peak of a crisis
  • Why criticism is good for creativity
  • Create a productivity workflow that works for you
  • Don't let teamwork get in the way of agility
  • Build a culture that aligns with people's values

Read on for details..."


For too long, and out of necessity, Black IT professionals have been silent about their experience. Creating a safe space to engage, listen and learn from others is a necessary first step towards creating a workplace culture that fully supports and values people of color

"Acknowledging that systemic racism exists in our society and recognizing the many different ways it has adversely impacted the Black community, as well as other people of color, is a key first step to successfully addressing systemic racism in the workplace," opines Damon Carter in CIO.

"IT leaders must also condemn systemic racism and make a genuine commitment to cultivating a workplace culture that promotes equality, equity and justice for all employees.

But lasting change does not happen overnight, and it does not take place strictly by proclamation. A critical step in the early stages of preparing the organization for dynamic change includes reimagining a new workplace culture that will transform the employee experience, particularly for those individuals who have been historically disadvantaged by systemic racism..."


Apoorva Chhabra, associate principal analyst at Gartner, examines the 7 characteristics of highly successful digital leaders

"Digital business transformation is classically built around organisational elements like processes, policies and technology," writes Apoorva Chhabra in InformationAge.

"However, what gets little attention, but that may be the most fundamental, is the characteristic of effective leadership.

Uncertain events not only disrupt business; they disrupt leadership as well. Digital transformation demands digital leaders who can anticipate opportunities and threats and adapt to changing conditions..."


A CISO as a service (CISOaaS) is the outsourcing of CISO (chief information security officer) and information security leadership responsibilities to a third-party provider. By hiring a third-party provider to manage its security program remotely, an organization gains access to staff and resources that it doesn't have in-house, and can better keep up with information security and compliance demands.

"CISOaaS is often paid for on a subscription or per-use basis," notes Margaret Rouse in SearchSecurity, "like many XaaS models. Also, like many XaaS models, CISOaaS offerings may be entirely remote, or may be a hybrid model in which the provider's experts work with an organization's existing security team.

Having robust security leadership is important in the modern organization, as digital transformation increases an organization's overall breadth of vulnerabilities. There is also an industrywide cybersecurity skills shortage, meaning that affordable skilled security leaders are hard to find, and often bounce from organization to organization. CISOaaS provides a potential solution to this problem by providing access to cost-efficient security leadership on an as-needed basis.

CISOaaS may also be referred to as a fractional CISO or virtual CISO (vCISO). Fractional CISO is also the name of a company that provides CISOaaS offerings..."


As businesses face a never foreseen or imagined, straight out of a dystopian pandemic fiction situation, where sustenance is all that matters - digital transformation is providing them the means to weather the storm

Shashin Shah writes in Business 2 Community, "Those who embraced it in the past years seem to be winning the war against COVID-19 without fighting, and those who haven't are fighting without winning.

A recent poll by Gartner has revealed that plans of nearly 60% CFOs factor in a scenario that includes a second wave of the pandemic.

Going forward, procrastinating agile working won't be a choice, and making decisions on impulses instead of real data analysis won't be less then hara-kiri. Isolated teams, overdependence on legacy technologies and processes, siloed data must give way to transformation in operations, experiences, and tech ecosystems. The only way to deal with this massive disruption is by adopting cost-efficient digitalization strategies and focusing on delivering uninterrupted value to customers.

A digital-first approach focussed at achieving nimbleness, developing lean operations, exploiting technology to your best advantage, and freeing up your people for more analytically inclined, complex tasks-remains at the heart of this change..."

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