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We are living in a world of tomorrow. Where technological disruption has become the norm as life, industry, and commerce are changed forever. Many organizations are still undergoing a digital transformation whereas others are yet to embark on their digital transformation journeys.  For many, it is all about ‘innovate or die’ to ensure business continuity in the present era.

While digital transformation entails incredible opportunities, it also has innumerable pitfalls. Getting digital transformation right can be a challenge for many organizations. After all, it is not simply about adopting different technologies but having a pragmatic digital business model in place.  Based on insights from Forbes, here is a list of the best books for technology leaders.

The Future Is Faster Than You Think: How Converging Technologies Are Transforming Business, Industries, and Our Lives

By Peter Diamandis, Steven Kotler

It is no secret that technology force that is shaping every industry over the course of a decade.  However, there is more to this technological disruption than what meets the eye. Peter Diamandis, a space entrepreneur who transformed into an innovation pioneer take an in-depth look at the coalescing technological landscape that is changing the world. It also delves deeper into the mindset shift that technology leaders would need to accommodate these changes. It weeds out the negative bias that exists towards technology and highlights how the world today is much better than we think with a factual and logically elaborate rhetoric. It also covers the limitations and dangers of various technological advancements while maintaining its positive outlook.

Lead From The Future: How to Turn Visionary Thinking into Breakthrough Growth

By Mark W. Johnson, Josh Suskewicz

The COVID-19 pandemic is a black swan event and is unprecedented in recent history. It is a grim reminder that the past is not a reflection of the future. Lead from the future highlights a ‘future-back’ approach to strategy development.  Thinkers are enabled to turn their ideas for the future into action in the present. The book sheds light on the innate qualities of Transformational business visionaries like Steve Jobs and Jeff Bezos that helped them succeed with their business approaches. It is a powerful manifesto that will empower leaders to envision opportunities for change and thereby create business breakthroughs.

Doing Agile Right: Transformation Without Chaos

By Darrell Rigby, Sarah Elk, Steve Berez

Businesses today are focussing on agility and resilience. However, being agile is not a panacea for myriad business problems.  The book offers clear insight into how to strike a balance to achieve business agility and what are the necessary trade-offs. The book sheds light on how you can do agile correctly and what your business should avoid. It sheds light on striking  a balance between bureaucratic necessities and an agile transformation. It is especially useful for organizations who have just initiated their agile journey or are contemplating doing so.

Experimentation Works: The Surprising Power of Business Experiments

By Stefan Thomke

Today, organizations are forced to experiment and innovate as their survival depends. This book is an essential manifesto on the guidelines for a good experiment and imbibing a culture of innovation and experimentation. For many big organizations, innovation is a lost art-forms and this book sheds light on the mindset required for innovation.  It answers some fundamental questions on innovation and experimentation for businesses.  It can act as a handy guide in letting key decision-makers in the organization have customer experiences that delight, make better business decisions, and a blueprint for big financial returns.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Economic Times – ET Edge Insights, its management, or its members

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