Mistakes are a part of being human. Appreciate your ‘mistakes’ for what they are: precious life lessons that can only be learned the hard way. Unless it’s a fatal mistake, which, at least, others can learn from. -Al Franken
Anyone who has been involved in digital transformation understands that it is an adventure, and we love adventures. However, making mistakes can really throw a wrench into your grand adventure. When it comes to digital transformation, there are many ways to fail, but many mistakes can be avoided with foresight and planning. Here are 10 of the top ways to mess up digital transformation, as gleaned from our experiences, so you don’t have to do them yourself.
- Moving too slowly
The leadership team of any organization needs to be ready to move quickly. It is their responsibility to spearhead the transformation quickly and set the pace for the rest of the organization.
- Not being“light”
Fast, small successes are important and better than setting huge goals that are time-consuming and complicated. This also sets a tone of success and confidence within the organization and produces quick results for stakeholders.
- Not being courageous
Being too afraid to make a chance because of the risk of failure is the only way to ensure failure 100% of the time.
- Not giving your team permission to fail
Having an all-or-nothing attitude towards success is a sure-fire way to set your team up for failure, or worse, to prevent them from taking chances so that they make no progress at all.
- Not being “all in”
You have to be prepared to persevere when the going gets tough. You have to commit to not turning back once you have set your course. If you and your team are not fully committed and willing to stick it out and continue to work together when difficulties arise, the confidence level drops, both inside and outside of the organization.
- Not taking an outside-in view of your organization before implementing change
Look first at solutions and enablement of the stakeholders rather than on the organization itself.
- Not focusing on outcomes
Before the process of digital transformation begins, the leadership team needs to have a clear picture of what the outcomes and goals will be, how they will be achieved and how success will be measured.
- Not emphasizing technology enablement
Organizations must, in a timely manner, implement automation that enables business outcomes in the most efficient manner possible.
- Not leveraging data
Taking a deep look at the available data and information relevant to your agency is absolutely necessary. It is critical to embrace the learning, innovation, and continuous improvement to better serve stakeholders and ensure competitive success.
- Not having the right set of talents
Assembling the right team of talented people who work collaboratively is perhaps the most crucial component in digital transformation. Without this solid foundation, the process is likely to experience numerous setbacks and failures.
There are plenty of potholes on the road to digital transformation and, surely, we have missed some in this post. What mistakes has your organization learned to avoid in digital transformation? Please share your thoughts and comments below.
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Mark Whitman is the founder and CEO of TeamBuilder Search, a dynamic recruiting firm that specializes in digital marketing, digital transformation, and emerging technology. He is an energetic and fearless adventurer who loves working with other innovative, entrepreneurial-minded professionals. He also happens to be a Sport Jujitsu national champion who literally broke his face in competing for the gold medal in the world championship. To discuss your toughest hiring challenges with Mark, contact him here.
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