Immaculate Leader, Catalyst to Transformation
In an illustrious professional journey, Athikom Kanchanavibhu has come to a profound realisation about the paramount importance of discovering one’s purpose and leveraging innate strengths to attain success. Striding forward with a sense of fulfilment in his family and career achievements, he now sets sights on giving back to the community and stakeholders in his life. Recognising one’s strengths and weaknesses, taking necessary steps towards self-improvement, looking ahead to the future, investing in relevant areas, and venturing into uncharted territories are vital steps to success! He believes this approach allows for cultivating a resolute leadership mindset, which is vital for triumphing over any challenge.
“As a passionate advocate for catalysing transformation in large organisations, I’ve established a consultancy that leverages technology, digital, and data to elevate overall business financial performance, improve the customer experience, and increase operational efficiency.” His core philosophy centres on fostering a digital-first and data-driven culture that enables organisations to become more nimble and innovative. To achieve this, his transformation framework draws on a range of expertise, including design thinking, innovation management, and research-based social science theories, while also adhering to international standards such as ISO. By working as a full-time executive in an organisation, Athikom can immerse himself in the industry, culture, and technology landscape to understand the nuances of the organisation better and develop strategies that prioritise long-term business outcomes and ensure enduring organisational transformation success.
The concept of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs has been his driving passion. After striving for a successful career, his passion has evolved into the self-actualisation phase. And he is dedicated to leveraging his vast experience and network to positively impact organisations, stakeholders and society. This drive to contribute to the betterment of the world and create a positive impact fuels his passion and motivates him to continue pushing the boundaries! Industry complexity, technological advancements and people have been his three significant challenges throughout his career. He exclaims, “starting as a technology consultant at Accenture, I quickly learned that success in this space requires relentless hard work and a deep understanding of various industries, such as energy, healthcare, and consumer products. As I became a leader, the speed of technology change and the expectation to deliver solutions has increased exponentially, necessitating a daily commitment to lifelong learning and delivering for clients.” The corporate executive role brought about new challenges, particularly in the realm of people and culture, but Athikom is a staunch believer in hard work to obtain success. Hard work and preparation are critical in ensuring one is ready to take calculated risks and capitalise on opportunities.
Athikom desires to become a transformation leader who leverages digital, data, and technology to establish an innovative and highly effective digital business model that creates significant value for all stakeholders involved. He remains inspired to create a best-in-class example of using technology to improve the lives of as many people as possible. He adds that whilst his primary goal is to drive strong business financial performance, his ultimate goal is to positively impact the lives of tens of thousands of farmers in Thailand by providing them with access to cutting-edge technology, data, and knowledge that will have a lasting and sustainable impact on society, especially for future generations in Thailand. As an Advisory Board Member of the ASEAN Innovation Business Platform, Athikom provides valuable recommendations and guidance to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in the region. He has been honored to be named the Southeast Asia Transformative CIO of 2022 and recognised as a CIO100 Awards Winner 2022 and CIO75 Awards Winner 2021. He has also qualified as a finalist in the ASEAN Digital Transformation Award 2021 in the Healthcare Industry and has also been sought after as a respected public speaker, jury member, and interviewee at various prestigious business and technology events.
Lastly, he shares with the readers that each and every one of us has a unique purpose in life, and it is up to us to identify our passions and strengths. Searching for that one true driving force of our life and living life to the fullest with that purpose in mind is essential. According to him, it is also equally important to not solely focus on our achievements but also strive to create a positive impact and contribute to building a better world and a better society! “Let us all work towards leaving a lasting and positive impact on the world, and make it a better place for ourselves and future generations.”