Tuesday, January 1, 2019

The Monthly “Change Insight” Book Tuning: Motivate Changes by Listening & Telling Stories Jan. 2019

Digital leaders today should be the great communicators who can tell compelling stories behind digitalization and communicate objectively with strong logic.

Change is inevitable, organizational change has become a common practice within an organization, but too often changes are made as a reaction to outer impulses, crisis, and demands. This is the bureaucracy’s way of meeting the challenges. A digital transformation is achieved via dynamic Strategy-Execution-Change lifecycle management, though it is not all linear steps, but an iterative, ongoing and upgoing change continuum.

    Motivate Changes by Listening & Telling Stories
Motivate Changes by Listening & Telling Enchanting Digital Stories At today’s “VUCA” digital dynamic, organizations face both unprecedented opportunities to grow and fierce competitions or great risks to survive. Digital leaders should be able to help people navigate through difficult changes, overcome their challenges; help people achieve their goals and objectives, and more importantly, inspire and motivate changes by listening & telling enchanting and engaging digital stories. The good stories are interesting enough to engage others, meaningful enough to touch the hearts, logical enough to connect the minds, vivid enough to reimagine the future and persuasive enough to rolling vision into the reality.

What’re the Compelling Stories Behind Digitalization? Communication is often the key to radical changes such as digitalization. The effective communication is not just for gaining popularity, but to share the vision and convey insight. Digital leaders today should be the great communicators who can tell compelling stories behind digitalization and communicate objectively with strong logic, understanding, creativity, and clarity.

An Outlier’s Story, Shall You Listen to? The digital era is volatile, complex, uncertain and ambiguous. Business leaders have to understand what it means within their organization, but much more importantly, they have to understand the external changing connected business environment as well as the emerging digital ecosystem. Digital leaders nowadays are expected to constantly propose new ideas and challenging the status quo. Sometimes organizations go stale and need the so-called "shot in the arm" of someone who can think different, see things from the different angles; read between the lines, tell the fresh stories. An outlier’s story, should you listen to?

Can you Articulate a Business Model as a Compelling Story?
The essence of a business model is that it defines the manner by which the business enterprise delivers value to customers, entices customers to pay for value, and converts those payments to profit. To advocate a new business model, the business leaders need to tell a compelling vision-empowered story, to ensure that the business model makes sense and engages the people to implement it for achieving the business value effectively.

Digital Master Tuning: Listening vs. Telling -How to Strike the right Balance along the Spectrum of Listening and Telling? Today’s organizations are hyperconnected and over-complex, the traditional “command-control” management style is no longer effective enough to build a collaborative working environment to embrace cross-functional communication and outside-in customers’ feedback and perspective. So businesses today have to do some self-assessment: Do you have a listening & learning organization, or keeps running as a telling only organization? And how to strike the right balance along the spectrum of listening and telling?

Blogging is not about writing, but about thinking; it’s not just about WHAT to say, but about WHY to say, and HOW to say it. It reflects the color and shade of your thought patterns, and it indicates the peaks and curves of your thinking waves. Unlike pure entertainment, quality and professional content takes time for digesting, contemplation and engaging, and therefore, it takes the time to attract the "hungry minds" and the "deep souls." It’s the journey to amplify your voice, deepen your digital footprints, and match your way for human progression.


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