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How many layers do you need?

By Tom Foster / February 13, 2019

As organizations grow and mature, increase in headcount, I see the construction of too many layers. In an effort to create a flat organizational structure, I see too few layers. Most organizations follow a military protocol and misunderstand layers as reporting relationships.

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A few fresh ideas

By Gideon Malherbe / February 11, 2019

After every major decision, CEOs always say, “Why did it take us so long?” So there’s something to be said for seeing through the noise and moving at double the speed you think possible, separating the wheat from the chaff.

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A Three Horizons Roadmap

By Gideon Malherbe / November 14, 2018

VCI’s Digital Intensity Assessment for a Mining or Oil & Gas asset analyzes the degree of digitization within the people, processes, and technology of the operation. It represents a significant link between operational practices and economics.   In its broadest sense, Digital Intensity can be categorized into five levels: None Remote Observation / Visibility Remote…

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Leadership Language

By Gideon Malherbe / October 4, 2018

A company facing transformation must address a significant amount of divergent thinking amongst employees. This includes thoughts and talk about where are we going, how are we going to do this, how will this effect me, and more. Uncertainty and doubt enters the system.

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The Beauty of Digital

By Gideon Malherbe / August 8, 2018

The rapid digitization of business is a key change activity around the world today. But the underlying technologies are available so fast and furious, some companies just don’t have time to connect all the dots. We often find that people personally own and use technology that is more advanced and integrated than their company’s technology.…

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Is Your Digital Strategy Stuck?

By Gideon Malherbe / July 26, 2018

True Digital Transformation is ultimately about optimizing the performance of the company. This obviously includes leveraging technology and going digital, but that’s not all. There are other critical and strategic elements involved in true digital transformation. Creating and implementing a successful digital strategy is much more than expanding your apps into your user base, or…

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Rise of the Unicorns

By Graeme Stanway / May 28, 2018

A new wave of business creation has emerged in the last 5 years, nearly a decade and a half after the emergence of the first big internet based companies.  Over this relatively short period we have seen a rapid increase in the number of unlisted start-ups valued over 1 billion dollars which are less than ten years old, or “Unicorns” as they are frequently referred to.

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Kickstart Your Digital Transformation with VCI’s Digital Intensity Assessment

By Gideon Malherbe / April 6, 2018

Have you been putting off formalizing your digital transformation? Do you intend to start managing your digital efforts better, but keep getting distracted by putting out fires? Here’s a quick and easy way to kickstart your digital transformation.

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The Curious Case of People, Process, Technology

By Gideon Malherbe / March 21, 2018

In our asset-heavy environments, where efficiency and economies of scale are paramount, a digital platform enables managers to have much larger spans of control. They can have large-scale resources, but their span of accountability will be relatively narrow.

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The Culture Shift is Real

By Gideon Malherbe / February 21, 2018

VCI has been pioneers in the innovation and digitization journey for our asset heavy clients worldwide. The way our world has changed in the last two to three years is more dramatic than ever. The systematic cultural and organizational shift necessary to keep up with digital changes goes right to the heart of how your company…

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