Denovati SMART Articles
Helping You Use New Tools to do Old Things. Smartly.
Denovati SMART Articles are the primary means by which we share thought leadership on the applications and implications of social and digital technologies in organizations. These articles are primarily targeted to organizational leaders and others who are in the early stages of climbing their digital technology learning curves. People with more advanced knowledge can also benefit from the ideas conveyed, in addition to adding their own expertise and perspectives by commenting on specific posts and contributing their own content.
Denovati SMART Articles explore Digital Era topics from both conceptual and tactical perspectives, focusing on opportunities as well as challenges. We strive to share best practices and how-to guidance whenever possible. Topical categories include external engagement (including marketing and branding), intra-organizational applications, human capital management, individual engagement and professional development, leadership, and strategy development and implementation.
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Denovati SMART Articles evolved from the SMART Blog, which began in February 2010, on the Social Media in Organizations Community (SMinOrgs) website (as the S.M.A.R.T. Blog). In the spirit of our digital community, the name was proposed by member Denise Bundgaard and selected via a group vote.
When we developed the Denovati identity, we decided to keep the original blog name because it was still inclusive of all digital communication technologies, not just social media. We also liked the idea that it reinforced the importance of leveraging social and digital technologies in smart ways.
In addition to retaining the name, we have maintained our original commitment to provide high quality content that increases people’s digital competencies and enhances the ability of both individuals and organizations to be successful in the Digital Era.
In addition to retaining the name, we plan to continue to provide high quality content that increases people’s digital competencies and enhances the ability of both individuals and organizations to be successful in the Digital Era.
Latest SMART Articles
Assessing the pace of change in the Digital Era depends on whether we're talking about technology or people and human systems. The former is advancing at lightning speed, the latter at a snail's pace. As the Digital Era progresses, technological capabilities continue to outstrip our capacity to address the opportunities and challenges they present. We need to bridge (or at least narrow) the digital divide and enable humans and human systems to evolve more in concert with technology. It won't be easy.
Because we strongly believe digital literacy is the key to Digital Era success, we have developed a portfolio of SMART Learning services to help professionals at all levels and in all types of roles - especially those in leadership positions - develop the digital competencies they need to better fulfill their work responsibilities and help their organizations meet their goals and objectives. These services include digital coaching, digital literacy training, and curriculum review and design.
Although it’s not practical to create a single measure for assessing the digital literacy of workers at all levels and in all functional areas, it is possible to create a general measure to assess basic competencies. Here’s our take on developing a framework for creating a digital literacy assessment tool. It includes four components (from concepts to skills and tactics) and three focal areas (communication and collaboration, cybersecurity, and the law and ethics). (Written with John T. Miller II, PhDc)
Rather than viewing the impact of technological innovation on established firms as either competence-destroying or competence-enhancing, business leaders should consider their competence-extending possibilities. This article explores the notion and provides examples of businesses that have successfully adapted their strategies to incorporate new social and digital technologies.
Built on a foundation of guiding principles, a digital transformation plan of action includes nine main initiatives that organizational leaders should take. Beginning with educating themselves to increase their own digital competencies, these initiatives include soliciting input from key stakeholders, revising the organization’s mission, business model, and offerings, leveraging technology to enhance internal processes, and ensuring the digital literacy of their workforce.