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Machine learning and artificial intelligence are near the top of the list of items dominating discussions about digital transformation. Chris Bedi is the CIO at ServiceNow and he said, during a briefing at the company's Knowledge 18 event, CEOs are now value in speed over cost. As businesses are changing, he says there's a huge sense of urgency as companies want to ensure they're not left behind.

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When we think of leadership qualities, we generally think of the ability to rally the troops, a clarity of vision, and the willingness to coax the best work out of each team member. What we don't tend to think of is self-awareness. Self-awareness, in fact, has a certain new-age ring to it - what leader is lying on her hemp bedspread, staring at the ceiling and thinking deeply about whether she truly understands her innermost self?

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Over the last few weeks, I've been speaking with a number of senior IT managers and there seems to be a consensus that the pace of change, both in technology and the business, is starting to become overwhelming. By and large, these were experienced practitioners, often with two or more decades in senior IT roles so you'd think they be well-equipped to deal with whatever comes their way. But many seemed overwhelmed and were struggling to balance the need for 24/7 availability, highly secure systems and the ability to be flexible and pivot rapidly. What does it take to be a great CIO today?

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Being a leader isn't just about barking orders at subordinates. It's not even about coming up with great ideas. Leadership is about helping people who work under you achieve more than what they thought was possible. Here are four tips to help you become the best leader you can be in your business.

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There's a well-known adage that nine out of 10 start-ups fail. In my time at Leading Teams, my observation is that start-ups frequently fail in their early days, and fail for lots of reasons. But the one we typically don’t hear about is how the team play an important role in ensuring success. And yet CB insights cited that 'lacking the right team' was the third most important reason why start-ups fail, covering a quarter (23 per cent) of the 101 postmortems reviewed earlier this year. Having the dream team and establishing the right company culture is crucial for any start-up or small business to ensure its longevity. Here are few tips for those who want to get started.

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During a media Q and A session at Cisco Live 2015, new CEO Chuck Robbins was asked why he was looking outside the company to recruit some of his new leadership team. His answer was interesting and might give some insight as to why internal promotions aren't as common as we'd like.

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In this reporting season it would be hard to find two companies more different than well-known Australian airline Qantas and retailing giant Myer.

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It might seem like a contradiction -- managers are supposed to be authoritative, bold leaders, and shy people tend to hold back and be more reserved in conversation. Can shy leaders truly be effective? Absolutely; it just comes with a different set of challenges.