DHR International’s Future Ready Leaders series asks CEOs and other top executives what it takes to be a successful leader now and as we prepare for the future.
To remain competitive, organizations have accelerated their digital transformation strategies. However, these efforts are often ineffective or fail to produce the desired results. Karl Johnson, Lead, Global Change and Organizational Development at Cargill, shares the top three factors that make-or-break digital transformation efforts:
“Digital transformation is a bit like building a brick wall. In organizations where this isn’t going as well, people are doing a great job of creating the bricks, but they’re ending up with a brick pile. In the places that do this well, there are board level, senior executive, CEO and his/her leadership team discussions. There’s real understanding of what the 3–5-year view is, relative to what digital transformation can do in terms of growing the business.”
Hear more insights from Karl in this video:
About Karl Johnson
Karl Johnson, MBA, is a global business transformation leader and trusted advisor with experience across varied environments and business models. He has partnered with boards of directors, CEOs, and senior leadership teams from over 30 organizations to bring clarity and alignment to their most pressing strategic issues. In his current role, he leads global transformation initiatives within Cargill, a US $130 billion global agribusiness. Prior roles include serving as an executive committee member of the Carlson School of Business at the University of Minnesota as Assistant Dean of Executive Education.
Cargill’s 155,000 employees across 70 countries work relentlessly to achieve our purpose of nourishing the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way. Every day, we connect farmers with markets, customers with ingredients, and people and animals with the food they need to thrive. We combine 155 years of experience with new technologies and insights to serve as a trusted partner for food, agriculture, financial and industrial customers in more than 125 countries. Side-by-side, we are building a stronger, sustainable future for agriculture. Learn more about Cargill.