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Welcome to "The Search for Clarity, Empowering Clarity in Leadership and Execution". hosted by Richard de Kock, a seasoned Cloud Strategy & Operations Executive Advisor and a Transformational Executive Coach at www.rdkcoaching.com. This podcast is a treasure trove of insights for professionals navigating the complex world of business transformation and leadership. Each episode, I sit down with leading industry thought leaders, individuals who have made significant contributions in their fields, to dissect and understand the intricacies of successful transformation. Our conversations aim to cut through the noise, offering clear, actionable insights for senior transformation leaders, consultants, managers, and any professional eager to make a tangible impact in their domain. Whether you're looking to refine your strategy, enhance your leadership skills, or simply gain a deeper understanding of transformation dynamics, "The Search for Clarity" (www.searchforclarity.com) is your go-to resource for guidance and inspiration from the best minds in the industry.

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United Kingdom

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Welcome to "The Search for Clarity, Empowering Clarity in Leadership and Execution". hosted by Richard de Kock, a seasoned Cloud Strategy & Operations Executive Advisor and a Transformational Executive Coach at www.rdkcoaching.com. This podcast is a treasure trove of insights for professionals navigating the complex world of business transformation and leadership. Each episode, I sit down with leading industry thought leaders, individuals who have made significant contributions in their fields, to dissect and understand the intricacies of successful transformation. Our conversations aim to cut through the noise, offering clear, actionable insights for senior transformation leaders, consultants, managers, and any professional eager to make a tangible impact in their domain. Whether you're looking to refine your strategy, enhance your leadership skills, or simply gain a deeper understanding of transformation dynamics, "The Search for Clarity" (www.searchforclarity.com) is your go-to resource for guidance and inspiration from the best minds in the industry.

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English


Episodes
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Innovation - Blind luck or science (Part 2)

6/7/2021
Join us for part 2 of our interview with Tony Ulwick, pioneer of the Job theory and inventor of Outcome-Driven Innovation. We get to uncover the truth around innovation and get clarity how organisations should be approaching innovation for optimal success. In this part 2 episode we will be covering: We have also been given access to the jobs to be done publication at www.jobs-to-be-done-book.com as a free resource!

Duration:00:20:24

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Innovation - Blind luck or science (Part 1)

5/21/2021
Join us on this fantastic part 1 of 2 interview with Tony Ulwick, pioneer of the Job theory and inventor of Outcome-Driven Innovation. We get to uncover the truth around innovation and get clarity how organisations should be approaching innovation for optimal success. In this part 1 episode we will be covering:

Duration:00:28:11

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Innovation: Blind luck or science? (Part 2)

5/20/2021
Unlock the secrets to market innovation with Tony Ulwick as we journey through the revolutionary Jobs to Be Done (JTBD) theory. Together, we map out a fresh approach to understanding consumer needs, defining success metrics, and segmenting markets based on the tasks customers are trying to accomplish. As we move beyond the traditional demographic methods, we reveal how identifying unmet needs using quantitative surveys can lead to groundbreaking innovation. This episode is essential listening for anyone eager to learn how to identify opportunities in areas where customer needs are not sufficiently addressed or are being met with excessive solutions, offering a clear avenue for improvement and efficiency. Prepare to be equipped with the tools for implementing Outcome-Driven Innovation (ODI) strategies that could transform your organisation. Whether it's enhancing product development or refining customer service processes, the insights from this episode with Tony are invaluable. We examine the synergy of qualitative and quantitative research in shaping effective strategies and take you through initiating the ODI process via customer immersion sessions. We also discuss the challenges that may arise when adopting the JTBD framework and how to navigate them. For those aiming to lead in innovation with a scientific and predictable approach, this discussion is the blueprint for success. So buckle in, and let us start our search for clarity.

Duration:00:20:24

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Innovation: Blind luck or science? (Part 1)

5/6/2021
Unlock the secrets of innovation as we sit down with Tony Ulwick, the visionary behind Jobs Theory and Outcome-Driven Innovation. Prepare to shift your mindset from the conventional chaos of ideation to the strategic clarity of fulfilling customer needs. Tony, with his pioneering perspective, walks us through how innovation transcends mere invention, positioning it as a nuanced process that ranges from minor tweaks to industry-shaking disruptions. He shares the crucible moment of an IBM product failure that sparked his trailblazing methodology, ensuring you'll walk away with an understanding of how true innovation simplifies to refining the customer's ability to achieve goals effectively and affordably. Ever wonder why some products resonate profoundly while others fizzle out? This episode peels back the layers of the 'jobs to be done' framework, a beacon for uncovering and catering to the core needs of customers. Tony Ulwick demystifies the misconception that customers are clueless about their needs, instead affirming their innate understanding of the outcomes they seek. Through a vivid exploration of tools like job maps and outcome statements, Tony equips us with the keys to align product development with consumer value. Join us for an insider journey into the heart of innovation, where we redefine the science of customer satisfaction and the art of creating products that truly matter.

Duration:00:28:11

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Resilient Organizational Design for this Decade (Part 2)

4/27/2021
Join us for another jam packed and exciting session with David J Anderson on Resilient Organisational Design for this decade. In this session we're going to get deeper insights into what Kanban as a system is, as well as understanding how David has woven together concepts such as service orientation and customer experience into this approach for organizational evolution and resilience. We'll also get an opportunity to start talking more practically about how organizations can take these...

Duration:00:33:44

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Resilient Orginisational Design for this decade (Part 2)

4/22/2021
Embark on a transformative journey with us as we engage with the visionary David J. Anderson, digging into the essence of Kanban and its transformative power on organisational agility and customer value delivery. If you're ready to evolve your business practices, this episode promises to arm you with the strategic insights you need, navigating the complexities of service management and mapping the trajectory toward a more resilient business model. Discover how visualisation and incremental change are pivotal for managing services effectively and developing trust with your customers. With David's guidance, we illuminate the path to organisational maturity, exploring how the Kanban Maturity Model isn't just about implementing new practices—it's about fostering a culture of evolution in leadership. This chapter is a masterclass in striking the perfect balance between "doing things right" and "doing the right things." Learn the importance of step-by-step capability development and how it shapes the journey of climbing the ladder of success in business. Concluding the episode, we confront the real-world challenges of change management, emphasising the pillars of leadership, accountability, and discipline. David delves into the human aspects of agile transformations, sharing how empathy in leadership can catalyse sustainable change and why maintaining discipline in policies such as work-in-progress limits is crucial. Finally as we conclude our search for clarity we reflect on the wisdom shared by David J. Anderson, and how it might reshape your leadership and business strategies for the better.

Duration:00:33:44

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Resilient Organizational Design for this Decade (Part 1)

4/15/2021
Learn about Davids approach to organizational evolution and resiliency, understand why it is imperative to get right, learn about the publications that encompass this approach, hear about what this approach has achieved for many organizations to-date, and hear Davids insights into what leaders should be focusing on amidst all the industry noise we have today.

Duration:00:27:03

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Resilient Orginisational Design for this decade (Part 1)

4/8/2021
Embark on an intellectual expedition with the esteemed David J Anderson, the seminal figure behind the Kanban management philosophy. Together, we uncover the pivotal moments and ideas that have revolutionized agile and software engineering, from an Agile Conference epiphany to the profound insights shaping today's organizational landscapes. David's journey is a testament to the power of evolutionary change, and his pivotal works, especially the groundbreaking 2010 "Kanban: Successful Evolutionary Change for Your Technology Business," have deeply influenced how we approach productivity and adaptability in the tech world. This episode is a treasure trove for those seeking to transform their business practices through customer-centric strategies. We share success stories of how the Kanban maturity model has propelled IT giants to staggering new heights, and the instrumental role of leadership in sifting through transformation advice. David imparts his wisdom on integrating service orientation with customer experience, offering a tantalizing preview of the detailed examination of the Kanban system that awaits in our upcoming discussion—strategies that promise to enhance organizational resilience and catalyze growth.

Duration:00:27:04

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Leadership & Change: Building a resilient change capability

3/23/2021
Embark on a transformative journey with the indomitable Jennifer Bryan, our esteemed change and adoption specialist, as she lays out her visionary AB Change Model, a beacon for leaders braving the often-stormy waters of organizational change. With her wealth of expertise spearheading change across a multitude of organizations, Jennifer dives into the essentials of fortifying internal change capabilities and erecting a resilient change network. These strategies not only bridge the digital skills gap but are also imperative for equipping our workforce for the uncertainties of the future. As we traverse the landscape of change management, Jennifer takes the helm to confront the prevalent issue of change fatigue head-on. She illuminates how a shared vision and dynamic communication act as powerful remedies to this modern-day malady. Pinpointing the complex interplay of human dynamics, she underscores the critical role of continuous learning and the fine-tuning of solutions to match organizational idiosyncrasies. Jennifer's profound insights on the pivotal investment in change competency and leadership round out a discussion that's a treasure trove for any organization sailing the unpredictable currents of human behavior and organizational transformation.

Duration:00:26:49

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Leadership and change: Building a resilient change capability

2/26/2021
Organisations are only as flexible and as innovative as the people that reside within them. It is clear today that the biggest inhibitor of successful transformations and rapid change is the people side of things. In this episode we discuss how organisations need to establish resilient change mechanisms to support people through change, how to deal with future proofing a workforce for the digital age, and how to deal with change fatigue.

Duration:00:26:47

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Total Quality Management: Is it still relevant in a digital economy

2/18/2021
Unlock the timeless secrets of Total Quality Management (TQM) for the digital age with my deep-dive conversation with John Oakland, one of the acclaimed grandfather's of quality management. As we navigate the modern challenges of ensuring customer satisfaction and delivering quality service through digital platforms, John brings his wealth of experience to light, including enlightening anecdotes from his encounters with other total quality management icons like Edward Deming and Philip Crosby. Beyond nostalgia, we dissect the latest shifts in the business sphere captured within the updated fifth edition of his essential TQM text, a must-read for those striving to stay relevant in today's fast-paced markets. Embark on a journey that transcends typical quality discussions, venturing into the synthesis of design, IT, and strategy as the cornerstones of top-tier service delivery. With an eye towards CEOs and CIOs, we dissect the imperative of integrating a robust TQM approach with current best practices. It's not just about buzzwords like DevOps or AI; it's about cementing TQM at the core of business operations to align technology, processes, and people. These insights are crucial for any leader seeking to navigate the volatile business landscape without losing sight of the customer-centric focus that defines enduring success. The finale of our session hones in on the transformative power of process improvement and the critical role of CEOs in driving business success. Through the lens of a CEO's gutsy move to revamp his company's workflow, we illustrate the remarkable potential of clear visions and strategic process alignments. My reflection on pivotal career moments further emphasises the importance of leveraging a seat at the boardroom table early on to catalyse meaningful organisational change. Join us as we search for clarity and equip you with the knowledge to foster a culture of excellence that not only survives but thrives in the uncertainty of today's market.

Duration:00:39:11

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Total Quality Management: Is it still relevant in a digital economy?

2/2/2021
Total Quality Management has been around for many year’s and has contributed to the transformation of many companies to market leaders. Is it still relevant in a fast-paced digital world? Is it relevant for IT? And should senior leaders be taking it more seriously? Let’s get clarity from the quality guru himself John Oakland! Listed amongst the top 10 quality gurus of our time, who has personally met the likes of Edward Deming and Crosby to name a few.

Duration:00:39:24

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Digital Transformation: Has the apple fallen far from the tree?

1/20/2021
Discover the keys to digital transformation success with the Didier Bonnet, a key thought leader who has been one of the cornerstones to digital transformation thinking. We're not just brushing the surface; we go deep into how the digital revolution reshapes established companies, right down to their core. From the eye-opening insights in Didier's book "Leading Digital", we peel back layers of digital mastery that are driving businesses forward in this compelling technological era. Embark on a journey that challenges the status quo of digital transformation. Together with Didier, we scrutinise the misconceptions and oversimplified definitions that overrun the tech world, forging a path for leaders to follow. It's about more than just adopting new tech—it's a call to foster digital leadership and craft strategies that resonate with your customers. We address the inevitable growing pains companies face, from reskilling employees to managing customer expectations, and lay out a roadmap to navigate this complex landscape. Wrapping up with a strategic masterclass, our discussion with Didier emphasises the importance of phased, intentional action. By dissecting the pillars of digital longevity, we provide you with a blueprint for integrating transformative technologies like AI and IoT into your business, without falling prey to fads. Join us on this digital transformation odyssey while we search for clarity.

Duration:00:41:51

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Digital Transformation: Has the apple fallen far from the tree?

1/19/2021
How much has Digital Transformation evolved since Didier, Westerman and McAfee published ‘Leading Digital’ in 2014. What were the original findings, why were they so important? and what have been the challenges in adoption since the publication? We also explore how organisations can be more successful moving into the future.

Duration:00:41:50