Digital action = Climate action: 8 ideas to accelerate the twin transition

“It is clearer than ever that we urgently need to take bold actions to counter the global existential threat of climate change and to promote a green economic recovery!

Together, Europe has set an ambitious target of reducing our emissions by 55% compared to 1990 levels. If we are serious about reaching that goal, we governments, businesses and citizens need to think digital.”

Eight ideas on acceleration of the twin transition:

  1. Set ambitious key performance indicators for the twin transition
  2. Promote data cooperation on sustainability
  3. Boost infrastructure & connectivity
  4. Develop international standards for measuring digital enablement and carbon footprint
  5. Increase access to funding for research, development and innovation spending in green technologies
  6. Launch a continent-wide drive for green tech skills
  7. Strengthen the link between digital and green policies
  8. Create sector-specific action plans to facilitate uptake of digital across Europe’s most energy intensive sectors

“Natural disasters and resource scarcity, like limited access to clean water and agricultural land, will lead to security risks and unrest. These challenges are not national but international by nature. It is our common responsibility towards future generations to do what it takes to protect the environment. It is also our common duty to create a strong and competitive European economy, where people have the means to develop and put into practice innovative solutions that we need.”

Got interested? Read the full post from Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl here .

Much more details on the eight ideas can be read in the report DIGITALEUROPE – download a copy here.

Six practical actions for building the cloud talent you need

A great article from McKinsey on the cloud talents topic …:

Despite a shortage of cloud talent, top companies are finding ways to get past table stakes and build the capabilities needed.

Some actions you should consider …:

  • Find engineering talent with broad experience and skills
  • Balance talent maturity levels and team composition
  • Build an upskilling program that is extensive, mandatory, and focused on need
  • Build an engineering culture that optimizes the developer experience
  • Consider using partners to accelerate development, and assign your best cloud leaders as owners
  • To keep top talent from leaving, focus on what motivates them

Without cloud talent, the value that cloud offers is simply unattainable. Companies can win the war for cloud talent, however, when they combine a clear understanding of what talent they really need, a culture where that talent can thrive, and a commitment to practical changes so they can capture cloud value quickly.

The original post with much, much more very valuable information is here.

6 Questions for Effective Coaching

“In my years of executive coaching and research about behavioral change, I have learned one key lesson, which has near-universal applicability: We do not get better without structure.”, says Marshall Goldsmith

Crisp and short video by Marshall on the topic: Go here and invest the two minutes.

The 10th Anniversary of the iPad: A Perspective from the Windows Team

A perspective from the Windows team.

It didn’t quite change everything it promised; but people preferred it, and they changed what they did in order to use it. Fully story -> Follow Me.

Testing Business Ideas with David J. Bland

Ideas need to be tested to see what they need to succeed.

David hopes to influence change in funding startups, as he believes that it should be based on evidence rather than emotion. Keep reading here.

Dyson has scrapped its electric car project

Dyson have determined their electric car business model is not commercially viable.

It’s not the first project which has changed direction and it will not be the last. A key aspect to innovation. Keep reading here.

The Top 20 Business Transformations of the Last Decade

In an era of relentless change, a company survives and thrives based on its ability to re-position itself to create a new future.

Innovation is required in both the exploitation of existing business models and the exploration of new ones. Nice 7 minutes read here.

Apple Finally Confronts Its Growth-Starved Reality

Apple is finally displaying a willingness to change its business model.

Smartphone sales have stalled globally and Apple are going wide rather than narrow to continue growing it’s business. Continue reading here.

Entrepreneurs, Then and Now

CEO of Slack, Stewart Butterfield, interviews the a16z co-founders in this special episode of the a16z Podcast to commemorate their 10th anniversary.

Learn what’s changed – not just in tech, but in profiles of entrepreneurs – in the last ten years. Nice podcast – 45 minutes to listen here.

Sears Could’ve Been Amazon, What Happened?

Sears built its original success by being the mail-order Amazon of its day.

This story reminds us that these things can happen so easily without even being visible, and that needs to change! Watch the 6 minutes video here.