Organizations that are guided by five key digital success tips will increase their digital performance in 2017. These tips include: understanding your present digital situation, optimizing your digital team and tools, focusing on the top 20% of digital optimization opportunities, controlling production and workflow, and leveraging the right analytics. Taking our free Digital Status Assessment is a great way to get started. (by Internet Advisory Board)
Recent opportunities for The Denovati Group may be an indication that we’re finally approaching a tipping point when it comes to digital leadership education, training that can help current and aspiring leaders at all levels better prepare themselves for today’s digital realities and their digital futures. In this article I underscore the need for these programs and offer some thoughts on what they should include and how they should be delivered.
President Obama and the Department of Labor have announced a new overtime compensation rule (effective December 1, 2016) that will make millions more workers in the United States eligible for overtime compensation. This article adds a digital dimension to the discussions about the change and offers some guidance to employers about what the current and proposed Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requirements mean for them (as well as for managers and employees).
Highlights of an interview I did with Learning.com in fall 2015. The focus was on digital literacy at the primary and secondary levels; however, the ideas and arguments extend beyond that. Digital literacy is an issue that all organizations and organizational leaders need to make a top priority for the foreseeable future.
A recent review of Denovati SMART Articles revealed that our most popular content falls into two categories: conceptual and tactical pieces on the digital transformation of organizations, and practical insights and how-to guidance on leveraging social and digital technologies. Here are links to our most-read resources on digital transformation.
Can we validly and reliably measure social media sophistication? In Part 2 of a two-part essay, I share my perspective on the challenges in trying to create a universal measure, and offer some thoughts on what a tool to measure social media sophistication might include. The thoughts and perspectives of others are welcome.
There are five new dimensions of leadership necessary for success in the Digital Era. This article provides a summary of these dimensions, along with related action items. A fuller description of the dimensions and recommendations is available via TD Magazine, in both text and audio (podcast) formats.
Should there be a scientific measure of social media sophistication? In Part 1 of a two-part essay, I share my perspective on whether understanding social media sophistication is important and whether there’s value in trying to create a universal measure to assess it. The perspective of others is welcome.
Digital success does not come easy or cheap, and it requires a lot of time and effort. It demands commitment, focus, organization, rigor, persistence, resilience, ruthlessness, self control, efficiency… none of which is possible without both mental and emotional discipline. To achieve digital success, leaders and others must have the discipline to lay a strong foundation, implement and refine a plan of action, and even walk away.
Key digital transformation mistakes include not having an executive in charge,inadequate leadership buy-in and support,having decisions related to social and digital technologies made by people who lack sophistication, multiple fragmented, tactical approaches rather than a unified approach that is strategic and integrated, and executives who lack the proper perspective on revenues and expenses.
The approach to hiring social media and digital expertise used by most organizations is perfectly backwards. They usually start with part-time internal help that is either a junior staffer, an enthusiast with some knowledge, or both. A better approach is to start with a true expert who can help define a strategy, outsource engagement to define the best tactics and determine required resources, then bring it in house.
A quick reference to recent SMART articles and other pieces that offer guidance on social media and digital engagement, from the latest monthly Denovati email. Also includes a link to and discount code for Social Media Today's Social Shake-Up in Atlanta, June 9-10, 2015.
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.
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.
Building on an assessment of where business schools are in their digital transformation journeys, this essay proposes a plan of action that will enable business school leaders to adapt to Digital Era realities and demonstrate Digital Era leadership. Guided by principles like the recognition that digital transformation is a marathon not a sprint, action items include having senior leaders participate in a Digital Transformation Masterclass, reviewing and revising the curriculum, and adding a digital dimension to research agendas and faculty expertise.
This digital transformation framework calls for strategic leadership as the architect and is built on a foundation of strategic goals and objectives.The building blocks are tactical leadership, governance, digital competencies, education and training, and change management. An organization's culture is the mortar that connects and binds everything together. Each element requires a unique set of considerations that differ from traditional success factors, and in some cases are unprecedented. Many Industrial Era mental models, principles, priorities, and processes are not transferable to or effective in the Digital Era.
This Social Media Today Best Thinkers piece offers a quick assessment of where business schools are in their digital transformation journeys, provides examples of the possibilities being exploited by some leading schools, and highlights areas that require greater attention. A follow-up piece offers suggestions for how business school leaders can continue to adapt to Digital Era realities and demonstrate Digital Era leadership.
Organizational leaders and other senior professionals need to be savvy enough to judge the true value of what they read and hear about social media’s promise, develop realistic expectations about both processes and outcomes, make smart decisions about where and how to engage, and create workable plans of actions for moving forward. Knowing these truths about social media should help.