Friday, September 18, 2020

The Monthly “Digital Gaps” Book Tuning: Closing “Soft Gaps” and Building “Hard Capability” Sep. 2020

 Besides hard forces such as technology update or process optimization, organizations have to tailor their management styles by making some “soft touch,” well mix all-important business elements into business competency.

"Digital Gaps -Bridging Multiple Gaps to Run Cohesive Business is a guidebook to help digital leaders and professionals today identify, analyze, and mind multiple gaps with multidisciplinary insight and a holistic understanding. 

Today’s digital organization simply just can’t stand still., bridging the gap of opportunity between where you are and want to become is a welcomed challenge, it is important to identify and strengthen the weakest link and take a stepwise approach to make a leap of digital transformation.

           Closing “Soft Gaps” and Building “Hard Capability” 

How to Close Communication Gaps? Communication is the key to improve leadership effectiveness and modern management efficiency. However, communication is not just the soft discipline, it’s both art and science. For example, there are communication gaps between management and employees, there’s “lost in translation” syndrome in cross-functional conversations, there are all sorts of miscommunication at the different levels of the organization, how to close communication gaps and overcome such challenges?

Identify and Bridge Soft Gaps to Build “Hard” Capability Due to rapid changes, the exponential growth of information, and continuous disruptions, modern organizations are complex systems that tend to be non-linear and hard to predict the upcoming changes and there are both promises and perils on the way to go digital. Besides hard barriers such as outdated infrastructure, processes, or technology, there are also quite a few “soft gaps,” which cause change inertia and stifle innovation.

Gap Minding Leadership Practices in Digital Boardroom Digitalization makes the business flatter and the world smaller because of its nature of hyper-connectivity and interdependence. Competition at the leading edge of business is also becoming fiercer at the age of digitalization and globalization. Thus, successful companies need to grow and innovation is no longer "nice to have," but must have business competency. The corporate board plays a critical role in setting policies for innovation and exemplifying leadership influence. Thus, foresightful BoDs should always look for the complementary mindsets, diverse experiences, and differentiated skillsets so that collectively, they can avoid groupthink, make sound judgments, provide innovative advice, and mind leadership gaps to ensure the boardroom is digital-ready.

The “Soft Touches” in Digital Transformation Organizations across the industrial sectors are on the journey of digitalization. Being “digital ready” goes beyond just applying the latest digital technology, it is a holistic effort and multifaceted discipline. The digital transformation has to be expanded in every dimension and permeating into underlying organizational structures and functions. Besides hard forces such as technology update or process optimization, organizations also have to tailor their management styles by making some “soft touch,” well mix all-important business elements into the organizational competency.

How to Apply Soft Skill Training to the Management Employees Management plays a significant role in shaping the high-performing business culture. In order to improve management quality, how to apply soft skill training to the management employees. Your development interventions may be individual or group training based on the outcomes of the assessments. What soft skills should be taught to the management employees in a short time to help them achieve goals better?

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