Digital leadership in a disruptive time: Q&A with Claudia Olsson
blogOctober 2, 2020
Insights from keynote speaker on digital transformation, leadership and innovation
We are thrilled to have Claudia Olsson, founder
Q: Can you please tell us a little about how you got your start?
Claudia Olsson: I’ve always been passionate about the impact of technological development on society and business. That led me to an engineering degree as well as
I started my career working in India and Singapore where I learned about innovation in emerging markets. Combining that background with my experiences as an Associate Faculty at Singularity University, I reached the realization that with the power that accelerated technological development brings, we also need to be very mindful of our ethical and moral responsibilities and leadership.
Q: If you had to sum up what you do in three words, what would they be?
Claudia Olsson: Technology, Governance, Education
Q: What are the most important things to think about when considering a digital transformation?
Claudia Olsson: Many people think that digital transformation is mainly about technology. But digital transformation is very much driven and enabled by people. Many organizations might already have in place the most advanced technological systems, but the ability to use them to their full potential, drive innovation an succeed in the digital world requires new ways of leading and working, as well as equipping the workforce with new skill sets and a digital mindset.
Q: Are there any industries not ripe for transformation – during/after COVID? Do you have any examples of industries or organizations that could be the shining example of excellent digital transformation?
Claudia Olsson: The outbreak of COVID-19 has definitely accelerated the pace of digital transformation in many
Hopefully, the rapid learning, adaptation, and innovation will now continue. However, we can’t expect it to happen automatically, but through active digital leadership, more organizations can progress faster. There are many organizations that have also been role models not only in their ability to adjust to new conditions but who also have chosen to rethink the way they work more long-term. It takes courage to question established structures and work methodologies, and the organizations that choose this path will also benefit long-term, I’m sure!
Q: What advice would you give young leaders today to make an impact in
Claudia Olsson: My advice would be to make continuous learning a priority and to follow your passion and curiosity. Seek out opportunities that will give you the greatest chances to learn and be challenged, and do not settle comfortably but keep pushing the boundaries of your understanding, your creativity, and your ability to innovate.
Q: Where do you look for inspiration? In work, life, or other?
Claudia Olsson: I’m very inspired by the faculty and my colleagues at Stellar Capacity. They’re always at the forefront of technological development, building, monitoring
To hear more from Claudia, don’t miss her keynote, “Digital l