Why tech is the leader’s friend in the workplace
May 14, 2020
Many of us are fascinated about what it takes to be a great leader. Ask Amazon.com for books on the topic and you’re given about 90,000 results. And you don’t have to go far to find inspirational quotes. Like former CEO of GE Jack Welch who said: “Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” As Chief Information Officer at Accenture, I am fortunate to be surrounded by excellent role models. And I’m keen that everyone in my team benefits from clear direction and support so that they can develop their own leadership mind-set. I happen to think technology is what’s going to help us all get there.
As you’d expect from a CIO, I am constantly excited by what technology offers us. Today, there’s an ideal opportunity to get the best out of your tools and tech. In the last few weeks, Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella has reinforced this notion . Speaking about the need to come together to combat COVID-19, Nadella said: “During this extraordinary time, it is clear that software, as the most malleable tool ever created, has a huge role to play across every industry and around the world. Our responsibility is to ensure that the tools we provide are up to the task.”
In the CIO team, we pride ourselves on doing whatever needs doing, in whatever situation. Here's a couple of ways our leaders are blazing the trail and adapting how we use technologies to support our workforce in these difficult times:
Accenture has accelerated its remote working capabilities to be sure of business continuity, for us and our clients. We also put measures in place quickly to create an elastic digital workplace. What’s the impact of that? Well, you’re going to need that give and take to protect and empower your people remotely, serve your customers well and adapt how you keep the lights on in your business.
I’m looking forward to seeing how technology can be every leaders’ new friend—let’s communicate more, speak up, and help each other and, above all, stay safe.