Take a read and think about what is important for you to note:
As an author and consultant, I often work with organizations and teams around the topic of digital transformation. As someone who has usually worked as an early adopter with technology, sometimes out of geographic necessity, digital transformation is an extension of the work I’ve been doing for several decades now.
You can hear more about the various pathways that bring us into remote and digital work at the new podcast I am hosting with colleague Michelle Mullins. Together we are exploring the people, pathways and processes that make up the remote workspace.
Digital transformation has been one part of this equation. From large banks, to healthcare, to education, the way we are connecting, conversing and doing our work is essential.
Many rural areas now have access to medical advisors that would not have been possible years ago. I remember vividly being part of some epiphany moments and paradigm shifters in 1998 (yes, that’s 1998) with a community deep in the interior of South America. A funding grant from the Canadian International Development Agency helped to fund solar panels, a satellite connection and special laptops to link that community with educational materials. When I arrived at the community to meet with my team who had been based there doing related work in primary health and infrastructure rehab, I was struck (as was often the case) with the very limited resources available for students. One notebook each, a small pencil and bare bookshelves. This pilot project was a bit of a game changer for that community, opening up the doorways to education for those children.
While not every project like this is a success, they radically change the paradigm of how we work, what’s available and then what’s possible.
This is also what’s happening in the era of digital transformation.
While we may not be comfortable in letting go of “how we’ve always done things” it’s important that we also look at the questions of:
- What can we do now?
- What’s now possible?
- What new connections are there?
VUCA, digital transformation, and AI (all 3 separate things) are showing up in some workplaces at the same time. It can be overwhelming for some and spark creativity for others.
Providing a space for people to connect and share their insights in a way where they can be heard.
As a team, over time, be sure to build in time to explore additional questions around:
- What changes do we need?
- What can be evolved? Repurposed?
- What new things do we need to create?
- What do we need to stop doing?
- What conversations are important for you to have as a team? What space and time do you need to earmark so these conversations are taking place?