In a rapidly evolving technological landscape, Lardi & Partner Consulting stands out as a strategic architect, skillfully harnessing technological innovation to redefine industry standards. At its helm is the visionary leadership of Ms. Kamales Lardi, with over two decades of experience in digital and business transformation. Under her guidance, Lardi & Partner Consulting has positioned itself as an industry frontrunner, pioneering integrated strategies that harmonize emerging technologies with nuanced business objectives. Kamales’s holistic approach is epitomized in her authoritative book, ‘The Human Side of Digital Business Transformation,’ highlighting the vital connection between technological progress and the human elements crucial for lasting change. This philosophy extends to the Digital Business Transformation School’s core values, which were designed to share practical insights and actionable knowledge for steering digital transformation within organizations. Lardi & Partner Consulting excels in orchestrating seamless digital transformation journeys that prioritize the human factor. Their services cover every aspect, from strategy development to the precise execution of initiatives, including cutting-edge technology development. What sets the firm apart is its proven track record in effectively managing people and organizational transformations, a critical element often overlooked in the digital transformation landscape, but one of our core strengths.
We started the interview by asking, “Explain your background and your Company’s in detail”.
Kamales Shared, “With over 23 years of cross-industry global experience in digital and business transformation, I am a seasoned and innovative strategist. My passion lies in guiding businesses through the intricacies of the digital age. I am proud to have been recognized as one of the “Top 10 Global Influencers & Thought Leaders in Digital Transformation” by Thinkers360 and named among the Top 50 Women in Tech Influencers 2021 by The Awards Magazine.
In 2012, I founded Lardi & Partner Consulting, a boutique consulting firm dedicated to guiding organizations through their digital transformation journey. At Lardi & Partner Consulting, we specialize in transforming traditional business models, processes and operations, as well as customer experiences to meet the demands of the digital economy. Our approach is rooted in practical experience, ensuring that we provide tailored solutions that drive real results.
Lardi & Partner Consulting has developed a robust portfolio of services, ranging from strategy development to execution, with a strong focus on integrating emerging technologies such as blockchain, artificial intelligence, AR/VR, the Internet of Things, 3D printing, and robotics. We pride ourselves on our ability to develop business use cases, proof of concepts, and integration plans that align with our clients’ unique needs. At Lardi & Partner, we specialize in orchestrating seamless digital transformation journeys that emphasize the human element. Our services encompass every aspect from strategy development to the meticulous execution of initiatives, as well as cutting-edge technology development. What truly distinguishes us is our proven track record in effectively managing people and organizational transformations. This critical element, often overlooked in the realm of digital transformation, is one of our core strengths.
I wrote The Human Side of Digital Business Transformation, which quickly became a must-read for business leaders looking to navigate the rapidly changing digital landscape. The book provides a comprehensive and practical guide to understanding and implementing digital business transformation, with a focus on the human element.
In addition to my work at Lardi & Partner Consulting, I have extensive experience as a lecturer and Teaching Fellow at Durham University Business School and the Chair of the FORBES Business Council Women Executives. These roles allow me to share my knowledge and insights with the next generation of business leaders and industry peers, contributing to the global dialogue on digital transformation.
In line with our mission to foster digital skills and empower organizations, I have also established the Digital Transformation School (www.dbxschool.com). Here, we provide comprehensive programs that equip organizations with the necessary knowledge and practical skills to succeed in the digital economy.
We wanted to learn about the plans Kamales has for her brand. So we asked, “What are your goals?
Kamales replied, “My primary goal is to facilitate organizations in successfully navigating the intricate landscape of digital transformation, ensuring they harness the full potential of technology to redefine their operations in this digital era. A significant aspect of this journey includes expanding the reach of Lardi & Partner Consulting across the globe, to share our wealth of expertise and assist businesses in reshaping their strategies to thrive in the digital age.
In alignment with this, a pivotal goal of mine is to foster a culture that values continuous learning and adaptation, particularly in response to the rapid evolution of the digital world. It is crucial that organizations are not just equipped with the necessary tools and strategies for transformation, but also adopt a mindset that is open to change and innovation.
An integral part of my mission is to advocate for and promote diversity and inclusion within the tech industry. I firmly believe that a variety of perspectives, encompassing different cultures, genders, and experiences, is essential in developing holistic and effective digital solutions. My aim is to contribute to shaping a tech industry that genuinely represents and serves the diverse society it caters to.
Moreover, the establishment of the Digital Transformation School (www.dbxschool.com) is a testament to my commitment to bridging the gap in digital education. The goal is to provide organizations with not just accessible, but also comprehensive programs that empower them with the knowledge and practical skills required to triumph in the digital economy. In doing so, I envision creating a domino effect where organizations are not only thriving in the digital realm but are also contributing to a more innovative, efficient, and interconnected global economy.
Strengths of LARDI & PARTNER CONSULTING
Then we asked, “What do you feel is the biggest strength of LARDI & PARTNER CONSULTING right now?”
“Digital transformation is a complex process that demands extensive expertise. However, many organizations lack the necessary skills to navigate this journey successfully. This is where Lardi & Partner Consulting excels. Our unique working model is specifically designed to support your company’s transformation every step of the way. We are highly experienced in creating and executing digital transformation strategies for organizations of all sizes. Our approach is backed by proven tools, templates, and techniques that enable us to deliver solutions more efficiently. We understand the importance of maintaining the day-to-day operations while exploring and scaling new opportunities. Our team of experts is able to seamlessly integrate with corporate teams to enable streamlined and cost-effective engagements.
With over a decade of cross-industry experience in digital transformation, technology implementation, and people transformation, we have a proven track record. Our practical, hands-on approach ensures we understand what needs to be accomplished. Our biggest strength lies in guiding seamless digital transformations that prioritize the human touch. What sets us apart is our track record of successfully managing people and organizational changes. This often neglected aspect of digital transformation is one of our key strengths.” Replied Kamales Lardi.
Path to Success
We further asked, “What was the path you took to get to where you are today?
Kamales replied, “My journey began with a fascination for technology, leading me to explore coding and tech integration into businesses. Joining giants like Accenture and Deloitte sharpened my skills and gave me valuable exposure. These experiences fueled my passion to establish Lardi & Partner Consulting, where I now leverage my two decades of knowledge to aid businesses in their digital transformation journey.”
Digital Transformation School (DBXSCHOOL)
We were curious to learn about why Kamales think to start this company so We asked, “Why do you want to start “DBXSCHOOL”?
“Technology is a great equalizer for business and building essential skills in disruptive technologies can help accelerate competitive advantage. Recognizing the vital role of digital skills the future of business, I saw an opportunity to bridge the knowledge gap. The Digital Transformation School (www.dbxschool.com) is envisioned as a platform to foster these skills, ensuring organizations can confidently navigate the digital revolution. The online courses are designed for busy business leaders and executives, offering a combination of rapid upskilling (approx. 60-minutes) and comprehensive knowledge presented by my AI avatar. The courses are also certified and can be easily reflected in the participant’s CV or profile.
The Digital Transformation School has also been launched as a mobile app, available on Apple Store and Google Play, making it easy to access anytime on the go.” Kamales Lardi replied.
Challenges and Resilience
Every business faces certain inevitable challenges in their fields. So we asked, “What have been the biggest challenges you’ve had to overcome during the journey of your leadership?
Kamales replied, “The personal transformation I underwent was the most challenging. It required breaking past habits, confronting vulnerabilities, and maintaining motivation. But it laid a strong foundation for my leadership style, emphasizing empathy, clarity, and determination.”
“What do you value the most about LARDI & PARTNER CONSULTING’s vision?”
Kamales replied, “When I started Lardi & Partner Consulting in 2012, I was determined not to create another typical consultancy. Digital strategic consultancies needed to be dynamic and flexible, allowing for rapid pivots as the technology and market trends quickly develop. This is exactly the kind of company and business model that I was able to develop over the years. In addition, I value high value engagement that prioritizes client organizations and people focused engagements. I believe this is what makes us stand out, and had contributed to our long-standing success.”
Strategies and Uniqueness
To learn more about how her company is standing uniquely so we asked, “What are the strategies of LARDI & PARTNER CONSULTING and how do you stand unique from your competitors?”
She further replied, “Our strategy at Lardi & Partner Consulting revolves around a holistic approach to digital transformation. We focus on understanding the unique challenges and needs of each business we work with and tailor our solutions according to the digital maturity and readiness of the company. This approach, combined with our deep cross-industry experience and the latest technology solutions, allows us to provide actionable strategies that lead to sustainable success.
What set us apart from our competitors are our practical experience and our ability to drive digital transformation initiatives from strategy to execution. Success in the digital economy required organization wide transformation that leverages technology solutions. We have build in-depth experience in implementing initiatives across key building blocks of the business ecosystem, including customer experiences; products and services; people, processes and operations; as well as business model innovation. I have also developed a robust set of frameworks and tools to accelerate the transformation journey. This comprehensive and hands-on approach ensures that businesses are not just prepared for the digital future but are actively shaping it.”
“What are the key values which helped you to overcome the challenges in your path? Tell us something about your memorable incident in your leadership?”
Kamales replied, “The key values that have guided me in overcoming challenges are resilience, continuous learning, and adaptability. In the constantly evolving world of technology, staying updated and adapting to new changes is vital. Often, in executing digital transformation initiatives, our team encounters clients or teams that are resistant to change. This is understandable, as people are creatures of habit and change creates a sense of uncertainty and fear. We employ a people-first approach in implementing transformation, ensuring that bring people (leadership teams and workforce) on the change journey towards the digital vision. One memorable experience was when I coached a C-Level team on their digital transformation vision and strategy, specifically focused on business model innovation. At the start of the 6-month coaching, most of the leadership team were resistant to change and felt that the status quo should be maintained. Through the course of the digital transformation strategy, where I employed my Digital Business Transformation Strategy© framework to guide the team, we uncovered key gaps and new opportunities that convinced the executives to buy into the vision. At the end, the executives and their teams not only supported the transformation journey, but also advocated for it.”
Future of Lardi & Partner Consulting
Then we asked, “How do you see LARDI & PARTNER CONSULTING changing in two years, and how do you see yourself creating that change?”
She replied, “In the next two years, I see Lardi & Partner Consulting evolving into a global leader in digital and business transformation, expanding our reach and impact across different industries and regions. We will continue to adapt and innovate our strategies and methodologies to stay ahead in the fast-paced digital landscape.
To create this change, I plan to:
- Continue to prioritize our clients, working closely with them to understand their unique challenges and develop tailored solutions that drive meaningful results.
- Strengthen our global presence by exploring new markets and forming strategic partnerships.
- Invest in continuous learning and development for our team, ensuring they are equipped with the latest digital skills and knowledge.
- Foster a culture of innovation within the organization, encouraging our team to think creatively and develop unique solutions for our clients.
By focusing on these areas, I am confident that Lardi & Partner Consulting will continue to thrive and make a significant impact in the world of digital transformation.”
Benefits of DBXSCHOOL
“What benefits are your clients going to get from “DBXSCHOOL” in this competitive world?”
Kamales shared, “Technology is a great equalizer for business and building essential skills in disruptive technologies can help accelerate competitive advantage. I developed The Digital Transformation School (www.dbxschool.com) to empower organizations with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the digital world. The courses are designed for busy business leaders and executives, offering a combination of rapid upskilling (approx. 60-minutes) and comprehensive knowledge presented by my AI avatar. The courses are also certified and can be easily reflected in the participant’s CV or profile.”
Advice to Beginners
Our last question was, “Would you like to say anything else to our viewers”?
“I want to emphasize the importance of embracing change in our fast-paced digital world. Technology is constantly shaping our lives and work, and it is crucial that we harness its power for our own benefit. By staying curious, open to change, and committed to continuous learning, we can have a positive impact on our future. Let’s come together and embrace the digital revolution, shaping a brighter tomorrow.” Kamales Lardi concluded.
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