Friday, June 14, 2019

The Monthly “100 Digital Pitfalls” Book Tuning: Avoid The Traps and Impasse on the Journey of Digital Transformation June 2019

 Problem-solving is about seeing a problem and actually finding a solution to that problem, not just the band-aid approach to fix the symptom.

Digital makes a significant impact on how we think, live, and work. There is a mix of old and new, physical and virtual, order and chaos. We are in a time of tremendous change, the dawn of the digital age, the path to the next level of digital maturity, also in the era of confusion and information overload. Therefore, it’s critical to identify, understand, and avoid pitfalls, discover strategic and predictive pathways to change, increase confidence, position a brand and leverage resources to make the digital paradigm shift effortlessly.  Slideshare Presentation

     Avoid The Traps and Impasse on the Journey of Digital Transformation

Make Stride Toward Digital Transformation by Avoiding Three Traps Change is overwhelming. There are all sorts of changes - positive changes, negative changes, incremental changes and disruptive changes, change as a response to changing external conditions and changes that are initiated because of internal factors. Change you want and change that is forced upon you. Some change is inevitable and another change is elective. Sometimes change is the problem, sometimes lack of change is the problem, sometimes the lack of clarity to discern the difference is the problem. Therefore, change is complex and overall speaking, change management has a very low success rate. Forward-looking organizations across the vertical sectors are on the journey of strategy-driven digital transformation; it means that the company needs to reinvent itself, change to the fundamental business model, culture, or other critical business factors for reaching the next level of organizational growth and maturity. It's a thorny journey, how to make a stride toward the seamless transformative change by avoiding traps and pitfalls on the way?

Three Causes of Getting Stuck at the State of Problem-Solving ImpasseGenerally speaking, a problem is a difference between an expectation (vision or intention) and the actual situation (current reality) coupled with a negative feeling. Problem-solving is about seeing a problem and actually finding a solution to that problem, not just the band-aid approach to fix the symptom. In today’s hyper-connected and ever-changing business environment, business problems become over-complex and interdependent. Even though you have a good intention to solve problems, perhaps lack of the right talent and capabilities to define and resolve the real problems. Here are three causes of getting stuck at the state of problem-solving impasse.

Three Causes of Business Vulnerability Digital organizations are organic, complex, informative and hyperconnected. Closer to reality is that change is continuously happening in such a dynamic environment of a company. The inevitable range, breadth, depth, and pace of uncontrollable factors acting on any organizations mean identifying business vulnerability and constant fine-tuning is essential to improve business adaptability, performance, and maturity.

Polarity Thinking as the Management Pitfall In the industrial world with silo and knowledge scarcity, the majority of people were used to binary thinking with rigid polarity, take the side without deep understanding. However, in the real, physical or business world, most relationships are nonlinear, the emerging digital world is hyperconnected, interdependent, and multipolar. Overly rigid polarity creates blind spots in decision making and causes management pitfalls to stifle collective progress.

Overcoming Barriers on the Path of Going Digital Organizations large or small are on the way of going digital, it is not an overnight phenomenon, but a well-planning journey which will not be flat. It's the bumpy road with ups and downs, curves and blocks all the way. Digital transformation is worth its weight, not just because of its high cost, but because of its high impact on the business’s long-term prosperity. It represents a break from the past, with a high level of impact. From a change management perspective, what are barriers and pitfalls on the way and how to lead change successfully?

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