Archive for: Organizational Effectiveness

Digital Leadership Education: Has Its Time Finally Come?

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.
 

Our SMART-est Resources on Digital Transformation

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.
 

Getting Your Digital House in Order in 2016

Another new year has begun. Is your digital house in order? The Denovati Group can help. In this piece we share updated guidance on digital resolutions that people should make - and keep! - in 2016. Through our Digital Coaching and SMART Solutions consulting services, we can enable both individuals and organizations reach their goals by leveraging social and digital technology more efficiently and effectively.
 

Can We Measure Social Media Sophistication? If So, How?

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.
 

New Dimensions of Leadership for the Digital Era

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 We Try to Measure Social Media Sophistication?

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.
 

Five Key Digital Transformation Mistakes

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.
 

Assessing Digital Literacy: Developing a General Measure

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)
 

Technological Innovation and Strategy: Beyond Disruption

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.
 

Creating a Digital Transformation Plan of Action: A Guide for Leaders

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.
 

The Digital Transformation of Business Schools: The Dean’s To Do List

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.
 

A Digital Transformation Framework, using a Bricks-and-Mortar Metaphor

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.
 

Assessing the Digital Transformation of Business Schools

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.
 

How Much Is Digital Illiteracy Costing Your Organization?

The costs of digital illiteracy for organizations include general inefficiency and ineffectiveness as workers go about performing their job duties, compromised communication and collaboration, wasted investments in technology tools and platforms that are underutilized, suboptimized pursuit of strategic goals and objectives, and reputational effects.
 

The Enterprise Implications of the Internet of Things

In a webcast recorded for the DCIA's IoT Marathon at the International CES (#CES2015), Denovati Founder Courtney Hunt discusses the opportunities and challenges the internet of things creates for enterprises of all types, including public sector entities, hospitals, and academic institutions. Particular emphasis is placed on human capital management implications, as well as challenges created in terms of leadership, staffing, ethics and regulations, and cybersecurity.
 

The Digital Transformation of Business Functions

As organizations become digital enterprises, various business functions – and the professionals who work in them – will be digitally transformed as well. External applications of social and digital technologies like marketing and sales are just the tip of the iceberg. Internal applications and implications will be far more extensive and significant, and virtually all functions and jobs will have a digital dimension to them. This essay offers food for thought and examples along these lines…
 

We’re All Becoming Tech Workers… And We Need to Be Ready

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.
 

What Does it Mean to be a Leader and Thrive in the Digital Era?

To be a leader in the Digital Era requires complementing and extending traditional leadership competencies with a new set of knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours that reflect today's realities and embrace tomorrow's possibilities. Making the necessary changes will require both rational and affective shifts among leaders, starting with the recognition that digital technologies are now the norm. It's a brave new world - even if they want the old one back!
 

Digital Literacy: Helping Learners Learn in the Digital Era

Digital literacy is a critical component of learning in the Digital Era. Organizational leaders and learning professionals must understand the digital competencies required for learning success, create a digital learning culture, assess employees' baseline competencies, leverage both formal and informal learning to help them increase their digital literacy, identify and promote subject matter experts and digital mentors, and create an infrastructure for ongoing digital development.
 

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