Digital resolutions should be a key part of our annual effort to be better, more successful people. Given how integral digital technology is to managing both our personal and professional lives, one could argue that these resolutions are more important than some of the other improvement goals we set - and that they're the ones most of us can least afford to break.
As the Digital Era continues to progress and social and digital technologies become more fully integrated into not just the work we do, but how we do it, there's an increasing need for all workers to be digitally literate and competent. Here are some of the things organizations, organizational leaders, and individuals can and should do to increase current capabilities and lay a foundation for ongoing growth and development.
Framing digital technology as a means to an end rather than an end unto itself can help girls and young women in particular realize the diversity of career options for women available in the Digital Era. This knowledge can in turn encourage them to pursue areas of study and choose professional paths that combine topics about which they're passionate and knowledgeable with technology.
For many, the notion of "women in technology" is focused on computer science and the tech industry. Should the definition be so narrow? Do we really want to send the message to girls and young women that aspiring to be coders and tech entrepreneurs is the best (or only) way they can make a professional contribution in the Digital Era? This essay offers a broader perspective.
In the Digital Age, professionals must provide the same level of care and attention to their professional identities in cyberspace as they do to their presence and reputation in the physical world, especially when they are looking for their next career opportunity. Job search in the Digital Age requires establishing and managing a digital professional brand, defining personal and professional boundaries and protecting one's privacy, leveraging digital tools and technology to achieve goals, and bridging the physical and digital worlds. (August 19, 2014)
Social media screening (aka social screening) has become a common practice among recruiters and hiring managers, as well as some coaches and college admissions offices. This white paper consolidates and updates previously shared guidance about this practice, providing recommendations for both individuals and organizations. It is primarily focused on job candidates and employers, but it can be applied to students, athletes, admissions offices and coaches as well.(August 13, 2014)
You pride yourself on your professional appearance and demeanor. You strive to create and maintain a strong identity and reputation within your organization, with your clients and peers, and in your industry. But are you as diligent a custodian of your professional brand in cyberspace as you are in the physical world? If not, you probably need a digital make-over… This article helps you dress for success in cyberspace by providing guidance for critiquing, updating, and maintaining your digital presence to convey a positive professional identity in all aspects of your career. (March 16, 2014)
Denovati Group Founder Courtney Shelton Hunt was a recent guest speaker in undergraduate and MBA courses at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business. Her talk, entitled Your Digital Era Career, focused on the current and future states of organizations and organizational life, how social and digital technologies are transforming how work gets done, what it means to be a leader in the Digital Era, and how Digital Era realities will impact the career trajectories of young professionals in particular. This post shares the slide deck from that talk. (September 16, 2013)
The Digital Era is fraught with challenges for senior professionals, but it also provides tremendous opportunities. Two of the biggest challenges are leadership and career management. In a recent presentation for members of BPI's Executive Exchange group, I offered food for thought and high-level guidance to address both. (April 30, 2013)