At a recent CIO round-table the question ‘What is the difference between Transformation and Change’ started a great discussion. Surprisingly, nobody had a satisfactory answer. Amongst 4 million hits on Google, this one caught the eye:
“Change fixes the past. Transformation creates the future”.
An inspirational quote, emphasising fixing vs. creating, suggesting that transformation requires a ‘vision’ of some sort, how else can you ‘create’ the future?
Transformation requires a vision for the future formed by understanding disruption and willingness to significantly modify the business. If vision and willingness exist, then business transformation, rather than change is recommended.
The challenge with a vision is that it can be hard to articulate and communicate, and the predictions might be wrong!
So how do you avoid implementing the wrong business solutions?