Lou Gerstner – IBM’s Digital Transformation Change Master

Lou Gerstner Digital Transformation Change Master

Louis V. Gerstner Jr.

If the 2016 Australian eCensus hadn’t been such a disastrous failure most people would not have known that IBM had provided the digital transformation services to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. As a result of the debacle IBM suffered immense reputational damage plus incurred a large payout in compensation to the Australian Government with two senior IBM staff being shown the door.
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John Kotter – Leading Change Guru

When Professor John Kotter published his seminal work on leading change there was something unusual about this 197-page book written by an academic; there were no references to other works, nor was there a bibliography.

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Dr. John P. Kotter

The centrepiece of the book was an 8-step process for leading change. Kotter didn’t even claim credit for this as he said he gleaned it from observing what successful leaders actually did in transforming their organisations and from other cases that had failed.
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Barry Marshall – Change Master

This is a condensed version of an essay on how Dr Barry Marshall went about changing the views of the medical fraternity as to the real cause of stomach ulcers.

The unabridged essay, Warren and Marshall – Changemakers, can be downloaded here.

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The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance – it is the illusion of knowledge.
– Daniel J. Boorstin, American historian

When trainee specialist Dr Barry Marshall first met with Dr J. Robin Warren, a staff pathologist at the Royal Perth Hospital, he had no idea that their collaboration and dogged persistence would eventually change a core belief of the medical profession and save half-a-million lives a year – each year, for ever – and for him to become a Nobel laureate.

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