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Brightline: employee engagement is key to delivering a successful transformation

Transformation is often a difficult, expensive and doomed organisational endeavour. According to Harvard Business Review, 70 percent of large-scale digital transformations fail to meet their goals, with $900bn being wasted on restructuring efforts in 2018 alone. Yet, a recent survey by The Wall Street Journal indicated that transformation risk remained the number one concern among directors, CEOs and senior executives. Clearly, not everyone has been put off by past failures.

It has become increasingly clear that organisations need support to deliver changes that work for their employees, customers and bottom line. At Brightline, we have developed a guide for transformation that helps organisations and their leaders achieve sustainable performance improvement. The Brightline Transformation Compass, as it is known, is built around five mutually reinforcing building blocks: the North Star; Customer Insights and Megatrends; the Transformation Operating System; Your Volunteer Champions; and Inside-Out Employee Transformation.

Transformation—Turning Innovation Into Reality

Ricardo Vargas and Tahirou Assane interview with Tegan Jones for the PMI Projectfied Podcast.

"Hello, this is Tegan Jones. We talk a lot about transformation here on Projectified. And it’s clearly top of mind for CEOs. But turning those big ideas into reality is a whole other thing. In fact, the Harvard Business Review reported that 900 billion U.S. dollars were wasted in digital transformation last year.

So, to get a better idea of what organizations should be doing differently, I spoke with two leaders from the Brightline Initiative while I was at the Global Conference. Let’s go to that conversation now."

PMPodcast: Episode 437: Brightline Is Bridging the Gap Between Strategy Design and Delivery

There's no shortage of great ideas, whether you are going through a transformation or adapting to digital innovation, but not every great idea becomes a reality. Pinpointing 'why' is at the core of the Brightline initiative's mission.

Brightline (www.brightline.org) is a new strategic arm of Project Management Institute (PMI)®. And as stated on the website: "The Brightline™ Initiative delivers insights and solutions that empower leaders to successfully transform their organization’s vision into reality through strategic initiative management."

Today, we welcome Ricardo Vargas (LinkedIn Profile) who is Brightline's Executive Director.

This interview was recorded one day before the Project Management Institute (PMI)® Global Conference 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. We talk about the history of the initiative, the 10 principles developed to help your organization bridge the costly and wasteful gap between strategy design and delivery, and we look at how you can apply this on your projects. And we also identify issues that prevent strategies to become a reality.

Transforming Against Crisis

In this keynote session, we learn how leaders in business and government are predicting in a world of constant change and disruption. We analyze the idea of opportunity in chaos and ask how a 'crisis' mode of operations can help organizations, from startups to global giants, better prioritize, mobilize resources to realize their innovative ideas.

Discovering talent: The silver lining of crisis

93 percent of high performing organizations believe crisis uncovers talented leaders, said Ricardo Viana Vargas, Executive Director, Brightline Initiative at People Matters TechHR 2019. Let’s take a look at what organizations need to focus on to make the most of a crisis.

Experts foresee high-value blockchain construction industry use cases

Business and management experts Don Tapscott and Ricardo Viana Vargas foresee that blockchain construction use cases could deliver significant value to the construction industry. They have recently commented on the importance of blockchain in this industry in a Harvard Business Review (HBR) article.

Making failure work

For all organisations and managers failure is a recurring reality. But despite failure being all pervasive, few individuals or organisations respond positively. Making failure work productively requires managers to recognise that plans need to be adaptable; failure must be built into the culture and everyone attuned to fail fast, adapt and learn.

How Blockchain will change construction

Blockchain technology is among the most disruptive forces of the past decade. Its power to record, enable, and secure huge numbers and varieties of transactions raises an intriguing question: Can the same distributed ledger technology that powers bitcoin also enable better execution of strategic projects in a conservative sector like construction, involving large teams of contractors and subcontractors and an abundance of building codes, safety regulations, and standards?

Four tenets to build a workforce that can turn ideas into reality

Many people around the world have been shocked by the gridlock and uncertainty that has crippled the Brexit negotiations between Great Britain and the European Union. Ricardo Vargas is not among them. As the Executive Director of the Brightline Initiative, a think tank operated under the auspices of the Project Management Institute, Vargas has spent most of his professional life studying the gap between ideas and execution. When he looks at the Brexit situation, Vargas sees a classic example of failing to find the ways and means to deliver on an idea.

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