I recently finished an article from Harvard Business Review (HBR) that brought up an interesting premise; while many enterprise leaders talk a good game about technology and digital changes in their company, the fundamental ability to embrace it is lacking.
Case in point: there is a new enterprise position is called a Chief Digital Officer. However, this person most likely does not have a budget or clear direction about what they were brought on to accomplish. And we all know without direction and money, the use of technology to change things is very limited.
According to HBR, real technological changes occur when leaders change their core beliefs and start looking at their world through a disruptive lens. It starts with their own thinking and the ability to upend their own hidden or not-so-hidden bias against technology.
4 Ways to Move Forward
Awareness: Do you have processes that are 5, 10 or even 15 years old? Are you still heavily paper-oriented? Do people complain about the lack of technology to complete their work?
Take inventory of what you are doing and see how technology can help. Often times, a digital process can speed up order taking, make your data more secure and/or keep your employees happy.
Weigh Options: If the digital analysis seems too much for you to handle, ask for help. Put together a technology committee and let them come to you with recommendations. Institute a learning lounge where the company can rent a computer in bulk and give employees an opportunity to try out the computer and apps before buying.
But don’t wait too long – with technology changing every 12-18 months, you want to quickly assess options and either purchase, lease or rent the technology that makes the most sense for your organization.
Set an Example: Install the recommended choices and put them in every work station, including yours. Take the training everyone else is required to take. Don’t complain about change, embrace it.
Continually Update: Once you have implemented the change, don’t rest on your laurels! Give your newly assigned Chief Digital Officer the ability to make recommended changes and take his or her suggestions.
Remember, new products, services and ideas do not sprout from existing processes. Change occurs through exploration and failure. Working toward a more agile process that is digitally oriented requires your ability to be open to technology changes that come next week, month or year.
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