Blind spot impacts & avoiding them now..

How we need to avoid our blind spot hampering our journey. What is our blind spot for change? The idea is not right alongside the vehicle you are in. The idea is a little back, in the blind spot, on your blind side. It’s hard to see whether the idea will eventually drift to a… Read More

Ditch the generic terms to build better engagement.

Generic terms and generic answers and how we need an evolving language to build more engagement in digital. When we consider how we talk about technology and its impact I would dearly love us to get away from generic terms and become more creative in how we describe benefits that we are here help our… Read More

We all have a bad day occasionally…

We all have bad days, yes? Working in IT in any environment sometimes feels like the world set up this morning with a clear goal, to discredit what we are trying to achieve. All the platitudes of business transformation at the centre of what we do go out the window really quickly if run-first is… Read More

How to ‘make’​ Innovation land…

The way we ‘make’ innovation land is changing for so many reasons. Last week I was part of two conversations that made me think again about how we, as digital leaders, are responsible for innovation and change across the width of our businesses. For at least a decade we have been talking and hearing about… Read More

In a digital world consider analog.

Rich Corbridge (CIO Boots UK & Ireland) and Jawaz Illavia (CIO No7 Beauty Company, Global Sourcing, International Retail and Healthcare Futures) are two CIOs who have led technology and transformation at very different organisations until coming to WBA as senior leaders outside of the US. Published initially by Jawaz in late March now published here to reach a… Read More

Tim Berners Lee

Now before you read any more of this then please accept that I am a Tim Berners Lee fan boy for so many reasons. The obvious being his knowledge and achievements but also how he conducts himself, his thought process now, how he manages himself on stage and his outlook of the future. Also consider… Read More

Digital First Leaders

“Be Present” Rich: You don’t know if you are a great boss, but you really want to be! You try to be informed, aware, charismatic and fair, and you lead your team with confidence, but how can you tell, how can you know that its working for your colleagues and friends? Your team still doesn’t… Read More

Our Business Vs The Business

Rich Corbridge (CIO Boots UK & Ireland) and Jawaz Illavia (CIO No7 Beauty Company, Global Sourcing, International Retail and Healthcare Futures) are two CIOs who have led technology and transformation at very different organisations until coming to WBA as senior leaders outside of the US. They are together leading a change in how the organisations in the WBA… Read More

2021 A year in review

Its that time of year again, one that I look forward to every year, its review of the year time. This is nine years of doing this, so much has changed in life, in the world, in what I do and what I love the most, so here goes, here’s to 2021. Diving into this… Read More

The Paradox of Great Talent

We see the battle for talent globally and it’s no different for Grant Ecker, Chief Architect at WBA and Rich Corbridge, CIO at Boots who both acknowledge the criticality of building strong teams and the paradox that exists in finding, developing and retaining top talent. If you’ve recruited the best talent in the market, these individuals won’t stay stationary in… Read More

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