Book Club: Digital Government Excellence by Siim Sikkut

Our Fall 2022 guest will be none other than former Estonian CIO, and author of Digital Government Excellence, Siim Sikkut.

Published On Sep 19, 2022

From time to time, we run Book Clubs to discuss the latest in digital transformation and public sector innovation with fellow leaders and noted experts. Each session is a candid online conversation, in which we cover a brief synopsis of a book and its key ideas, followed by an open peer discussion with the author. Send us a request to attend this Book Club.


Who Should Attend: Priority is given to senior executives and decision-makers in the public sector.

When: 12:00PM-1:00PM EDT on September 29th, 2022

Where: Online


About the book

Digital Government Excellence provides delivers a fascinating treatment of digital leadership as governments around the world start or restart the digital transformation of their work and service delivery.

It is a playbook on how to achieve digital excellence via interviews with 20 remarkable digital government leaders from around the world (both past and present ones). Each one offers insights on strategies for how to incorporate the best of digital into public services and practical tips on how to lead digital reforms and delivery teams.

The book also:

  • Explores how to begin the task of making all of government to “go digital” or go deeper and bolder in this direction, including the first steps and beyond;
  • Highlights leadership styles and practices for effective and lasting delivery of digital strategies and reforms;
  • Provides food for thought about what does it take to be an impactful digital transformation leader – in government and beyond.

The book is ideal for Chief Digital/Information/Technology Officers or digital agency leaders in public service. Digital Government Excellence is also a valuable resource for any practitioner, policymaker or political leader in governments at any level, as well as any student or advisor of governments looking into how to deliver digital transformation in the public sector.


Meet the author

Siim Sikkut Fw D50 2017

Siim Sikkut led the digital government and digital policy area in the Government of Estonia for 10 years, most recently as the Government CIO from 2017 to 2022. His job was to set the strategy and policies, to launch and steer strategic initiatives and regulation in areas of digital government, cybersecurity, and connectivity in the country.

As a serial intrapreneur in the public sector, he was also one of the founders of Estonia’s groundbreaking e-Residency program. Siim has been recognized as one of the world’s TOP20 most influential people in digital government by Apolitical.

Siim currently advises governments and digital leaders on digital strategy, the leadership and governance for its delivery, large-scale digital service reforms, and public sector innovation.

He is the author of the book Digital Government Excellence: Lessons from Effective Digital Leaders.


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