Taking personal charge of your digital footprint

As the digital world encroaches further and further into our daily physical lives, and as our personal digital footprints grow from perhaps a digital ant 10 years ago into something that is now bigger than a woolly mammoth, I often want to ask the question, who is in charge here? Who is protecting our digital and our physical privacy? And that of our children?

I am guessing the answer is that probably the only ones who can protect us are ourselves. As our cover story points out, new research from Unisys Corporation has found that a good many New Zealanders are concerned about devices listening in to our conversations without us being aware they are doing so. People are also concerned about organisations sharing the digital data they have collected on us, without express permission.

As Unisys’ Richard Amer points out there are many things local and global organisations can be doing to ensure they do not inadvertently breach a customer’s privacy and there is a lot we can do ourselves to ensure those listening devices aren’t eavesdropping when they shouldn’t be. (See page 8.)

This issue we also have an interesting article on why, when making leadership appointments, you shouldn’t overlook the quiet achievers, those who don’t necessarily blow their own trumpet, but may be the type of empathetic, authentic leader that today’s workplace demands (page 12).

We also take a deep look into Agile with a capital A, and our contributor explains why it works for some organisations but may not do so in others with a different operating culture. (Page 16.)

Finally, if you, your organisation or your leadership is doing something that you believe merits wider acclaim, please do let me know. We are always looking for leaders going beyond the norm who are happy to share their experience with the wider business community.

Have a good month.    

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