Enter the eBusiness leader (Martin Gill’s)

Excellent definition on what is our mission. From Martin Gill’s . Read more here

eBusiness professionals are uniquely placed to drive digital business transformation in their firms. That’s because few other executives have such a broad range of skills and exposure to the entire spectrum of their business. To succeed, eBusiness leaders must be:

  • Shrewd business managers. eBusiness leaders typically own their online P&L. They understand the nuances of making money online and are results-oriented when it comes to demonstrating their ability to grow their business.
  • Digitally savvy. By default, eBusiness leaders need digital skills. They understand how to navigate the complex online ecosystems generated by social networks, mobile technologies, search engines, and firms like Amazon. Digital is their home turf.
  • Technically competent. Many eBusiness leaders have development teams reporting into them, and those that don’t maintain strong relationships with both their enterprise technology management teams and their technology vendors. They are actively engaged in technology strategy.
  • Transformational leaders. eBusiness, by its very nature, has driven change into organizations. eBusiness leaders have earned their transformational leadership stripes by setting up their teams and growing them to become a thriving, successful component of the overall business.

Leading the digital business transformation demands all of these skills, and more: diplomacy, courage, vision, fortitude, political-savviness, and influence to name a few. eBusiness leaders are poised to take charge — especially in firms where the CMO/CIO partnership isn’t ready to lead. And even in firms where that pairing is working well, eBusiness leaders bring an invaluable set of skills to the table.

DotComDoc on external consultancy

(Good) reasons why should think twice about external consultancy to build your strategy

Don’t be overwhelmed by some expertise you can’t integrate or re distribute within your organization. Those insights can help you rethink why you should hire such people and what you plan to achieve THROUGH them, as the final picture should always be added value for your people and YOUR organization.
Now, don’t misunderstand me : i’ve worked with, hired all kinds of externals, from big consulting firms to individual gurus, they are a great help and often the best mercenaries you can find to go to war, however, how you use them and make them fit in your plan, serving your ambition is a key thing to anticipate. i tought i could share with you some pitfalls you can avoid.

External consultants & experts can only help you build the scaffolding around the ‘building’ of your strategy. Make sure that when you reach the next floor your organization is ready to take the stairs and make it to their desks.

The best scaffolding will never produce consistent results and bring the growth you want if it’s built around an empty building or if your employees don’t know how to reach the stairs.

Glittery presentations and sophisticated wording will only feed the ego of your digital board for sometime, that won’t be enough to enable your people doing extraordinary things.

Think twice before owerpowering your ambition with some external consultancy. Make sure everyone, from bottom to top, is aware of the plan (sequence) and ready to go to the next stage (engagement).

Don’t be fooled by optimistic expectations : you’ll grow step by step, every step you miss will be a few stairs missing between each floor of your growth strategy. You can’t just expect speed (time to market), maturity, learnings and tangible at the same time. Set your goals at the right pace and dimension if you want to engage your people on a long trip.

Can you (really) assume that your external team of experts is ENABLING and ACCELERATING your organisation and serving a purpose YOU can control ? Double check that.

Like all external help, how long will the transformation last  ? As in real life with real emergencies : when the special forces or the medical teams leave the village, everyone wonder what will happen next …



Robert Sapolsky,

Robert Sapolsky / Wisdom of the crowd

Stanford neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky, eloquent as ever, marvels at the wisdom of the crowd and the emergence of swarm intelligence:

Observe a single ant, and it doesn’t make much sense, walking in one direction, suddenly careening in another for no obvious reason, doubling back on itself. Thoroughly unpredictable.

The same happens with two ants, a handful of ants. But a colony of ants makes fantastic sense. Specialized jobs, efficient means of exploiting new food sources, complex underground nests with temperature regulated within a few degrees.

And critically, there’s no blueprint or central source of command—each individual ants has algorithms for their behaviors

But this is not wisdom of the crowd, where a bunch of reasonably informed individuals outperform a single expert. The ants aren’t reasonably informed about the big picture. Instead, the behavior algorithms of each ant consist of a few simple rules for interacting with the local environment and local ants. And out of this emerges a highly efficient colony.

Ant colonies excel at generating trails that connect locations in the shortest possible way, accomplished with simple rules about when to lay down a pheromone trail and what to do when encountering someone else’s trail—approximations of optimal solutions to the Traveling Salesman problem. This has useful applications. In “ant-based routing,” simulations using virtual ants with similar rules can generate optimal ways of connecting the nodes in a network, something of great interest to telecommunications companies. It applies to the developing brain, which must wire up vast numbers of neurons with vaster numbers of connections without constructing millions of miles of connecting axons. And migrating fetal neurons generate an efficient solution with a different version of ant-based routine.

A wonderful example is how local rules about attraction and repulsion (i.e., positive and negative charges) allow simple molecules in an organic soup to occasionally form more complex ones. Life may have originated this way without the requirement of bolts of lightning to catalyze the formation of complex molecules.

And why is self-organization so beautiful to my atheistic self? Because if complex, adaptive systems don’t require a blue print, they don’t require a blue print maker. If they don’t require lightning bolts, they don’t require Someone hurtling lightning bolts.

Tranform your ambition into practice

Turn your ambition into a ritualistic practice

A new year is starting. You probably had some thoughts around what you want to do, achieve, change, learn during this christmas period. You’ve read and heard and probably experienced these new year wished that you

In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is. Yogi Berras

I think that the first step is to commit. you can’t just expect to change something or discover something or learn something by opening a book or attending a class or watching TED. Come on, it takes time, dedication, persistence and will to get there.

A ritualistic practice is the perfect move to commit and reach your goals. Whatever you chose : learn a language, learn how to draw, write, run and get a healthy lifestyle, meet someone, get your boss job : you have to fully commit to DO, and we willing to DO. You WANT to do, not ‘should do’, ‘could do’ but : I WANT TO DO IT.

3 simple things to understand if you want to reap, somehow, the benefits of your practice.

1 – it’s a ritual : it doesn’t happen when you can, or if you want, it happens every day, every single day. You think you’re busy ? really ? you want examples of single parent that are entrepreneurs, work 70 jours a week and write books ? or paint ? or run 5 times a week ? If ritual sounds too religious or spiritual for you then sorry, maybe you should get into one of these classes that will take care of everything foe you, or expect someone to tell you HOW you will do it and when.

2 – it’s realistic : don’t expect to play piano in one week or to run 20 miles after 1 month, honestly, the ‘become rich overnight’ recipes just don’t work, don’t expect them to bring you there. Be true to yourself and face the challenge. Accept the change, accept the path to get there. There are certainly many ways to lose weight, many ways to be succesful but the one that work, whatever method you choose, is the one you fully & entirely commit to. If you can’t really picture that just qui reading right now. Realistic also means simple, humble, one choice, one step at a time. You can certainly  run a marathon, just focus on running and living an healthy life then…

3 – it’s a practice : practice means repetition of the same thing. Sounds boring ? not really more than drinking the same coffee every morning !  practice is not about doing it good firsts time or being perfect : it’s about doing it. Get that idea very clearly, as every effort you make in this practice will produce a result. Now, it’s up to you to see the result as something you can build from, something that you’ve learned from or simply turn it down to success / failure, which won’t bring you anywhere. How many people do you see starting to draw or playing tennis one time and giving up with that kind of sentence : ‘arghh, i’m really not good at this, i better give up bla bla bla ‘ . That’s not practice, that’s giving up on yourself. Jump into it, you don’t even need confidence, just do it, don’t expect results, or recognition, you can get much more if you follow the path. Practice is simplicity by default, so as you’re practicing you’ll enjoy many side effects : like meditation, creativity, feeling free and doing something that requires little effort but brings you all kinds of positive feelings. Practice is like loving someone, do it with your heart and soul and do it everytime you can, the more you give : the more you receive. Anyway there is dozens of good books on this, i particulary recommend Leo Babauta or Steve Chandler. They tell you how many times in life you have someone you admire and you don’t even realize how much they practice to get there. Make practice your little hidden secret. Don’t listen to the voices of supernatural humans that achieve without efforts. So many people you admire out there are just like you and me, with a lot of practice !

Well, it seems like my computer just crashed and i’ve lost the end of that post. Anyway, i wish you some blissful, meaningful, joyful ritualistic practice for 2014 !

PS : i’ve received some comments on my writing. Thank you for taking the time. Hey i am just a swiss french guy you know ;) doing my best, hope you get the idea anyway. any help on rewriting is welcome, i do love practice ;)


Five ways to look at things differently & create

While we connect, share, exploit the mass of data available, we often neglect the very important side of what we could do, or how we could see things and create differently. This is not another post on how to innovate or becoming creative in 20 minutes, this is just a small personal recipe to get back to the most fundamental way of thinking : your way.

Here, 5 simple and blunt tips i adopted to get the best out of what is available out there and still keep my vision and way of doing.

  1. Adopt change : yet people thing they love change, probably because they feel the urge of new clothes, new car, new furniture or new places to visit. Change can bring you way more and help you or force you sometimes to reconsider what you always thought was ‘the’ way. Go on, small changes sometimes produces big effects, write in black instead of blue, get rid of stuff you thought you had to have near you, walk instead of driving, wake up early for one week and see things in a whole new way. Change your haircut, grow your beard, eat something different. You can’t expect to get fresh views on thing if you always look at them from the same perspective. Shake those habits and abandon most of them, you’ll quickly see how much you didn’t need them. Go on and face a real challenge, saying hello to someone you offended or dislike, stop an addiction or read a book in 1 day. If you’re always in a hurry, enjoy the now, if you need something, turn it into a nice to have, not a must have, if you feel distracted, stay distracted, don’t try to resist, letting go is a fabulous chance to step into the unknown, out of your comfort zone.
  2. Simplify : you can just carry so much stuff and have a clear mind. Do you need all those pictures everywhere ?  Present moment is the only thing you have, so pack all the souvenirs, all the piles that hold you from simplicity, freedom and living the moment. That’s the easy part, some people still take 10 or 20 years to realize how much they don’t need all these possessions and feel relieved when they leave them behind. Simplify your daily routines, take care of what you CAN do not what you should do, think about when you ‘re gonna make it, not HOW you gonna make it, don’t think about the result, do something right now. You’ll see how easy it get what you want if you really, really take one thing at a time, if you let hings go, if you capture what you can do today and make the best out of it.
  3. Don’t think : thinking and rethinking can certainly bring out some results, but practicing, doing, experimenting with whatever is available now, whatever you want to do is by far the easiest and most rewarding way. Do what you’re not used to do, practice. Don’t think too much on why and how you are gonna do it, or give yourself good reasons not to do it because you are not creative enough, patient enough or whatever skills you might need. Strenghtening your mind and creating is a path, you can’t expect quick wins but whatever you do will produce a result, not a failure : a result. If you admire someone for his talent, skills, achievements, just consider the amount of time this person spent practicing. It’s the hidden secrets of many successful & happy people. Steve Chandler has a great chapter on this if you ever feel like reading his success course.
  4. Disconnect : yes, that’s about it : turn off that thing, and that one too. Don’t look at the screen like a magic wand that will get you there. It won’t. Spend some time on your own, medidate, walk, swim or run as it produces uniques hormones in your body that will eventually help you grow your mind. Disconnecting from your friends for a week is not a bad thing either, or a weird experience, you’ll probably have much more time and a different look at what’s in front of you.
  5. It’s not about you : turn the light outwards, look and care and take as much time as you can on what is not you. We always say there is a solution out there, did you really look for it. How much time will you spend in the dark looking for your keys when there is light outside (Wayne Dyer). I suggest to have a fresh and uncomfortable way for your ego to take this day and listen, feel what people think, need, do and why. This is really not about you and your unique vision on things, This is about how you’ll process what is happening out there. Self consciousness is one thing, cultivating the ‘me’ is another one, don’t get confused.

Happy learnings and experiments ! Glad to hear about your story if you feel like ;)



What really is Change ?

We all talk about change.
Do you need change ? do you want change ?
Change is not a sudden state of mind, or something magic that can happen when you get inspired. Change comes in all flavors and shapes, anytime, anywhere.
Think about the last time you really stepped into ‘change’. When was it ? how was it ? what brought you to change ? Was it really the change you were looking for, or what is the journey to this change ?
So often people dismiss the opportunity life gives us to change, step our of the comfort zone, try something new, different.

Freedom means you are unobstructed in living your life as you choose. Anything less is a form of slavery. Wayne Dyer

It’s not scary, it’s not brave, there is not conditions for it. Or maybe just allowing your mind to think that way, actually ‘that way’ might not be so far from your ‘original self’, what is inside you somewhere.
The bliss of change is endless, because change by itself makes no sense, it’s what lies behind it, the real purpose, not the goal, the path, that will bring you unlimited joy, freedom, creativity.
So many people wish they could ‘change something in their lives : their body, too fat, too this, too that, change their habits, their career often, because what they became seems to be the sum of everything they got from it, all the efforts, time and energy spent to build this career. That’s a lot of weight to carry around, it seems quite impossible to reach that next step where change will bring something ‘more valuable’ than all the material, rational things they got.
Big mistake.
Sorry, big misunderstanding here about the very meaning of change : it won’t bring you ‘more’, it will carry you where you’ve not been yet.
I’ve learned through experiences, failures, that change always brings enlightenment to the ones that are willing to see.
Whether you’re looking to build that creative business vision, convince someone with ideas no one heard before or just try out something new adopt change as a mindset, not a goal. Change is not a solution to find the next great thing in your life, there is no guru of change, you’re in charge here, you decide what you want for yourself and how ready you’re to face that new reality.

I’ve met so many business people trying to adapt to a new context, become more flexible, agile, open to disruption, but eventually failing or giving up.

5 things you need to learn, know and adopt if you want change to be part of your daily life and become an ally, an asset, not something be afraid of, or avoid because it seems uncomfortable, risky, not realistic enough :

- Change is not the result : the result is what you have done
- Thinking about change is the very first step, taking action is the real thing
- There are not big changes, small changes, dangerous changes, there are only true beliefs you transform into reality
- Change won’t come from anyone, anytime. You might believe that for sometime, but it will be denying the simple fact that change comes from within you only, nothing else.
- Successful people don’t use change, they completely admit that change is part of who they are and what they want for themselves and for others.

So, don’t ask yourself what you’re gonna change next, or what change brings you, jump into it and let go !