I’ve started a series of briefings about the organization in the digital age. They will cover different facets of digital transformation: leadership, change, enterprise entrepreneurship, individual development, along with other topics and challenges.
I’ll add links here as each brief is published.
You might say it is a stretch to compare our ice-age artist with people in the workplace today, but when I see the timid advancement of individual autonomy and experimental initiatives in organizations today, I feel the emergence is happening very slowly indeed.
Marcus Aurelius, Emperor of Rome from 161 to 180, wrote about obstacles. His thoughts can be an inspiration for us today in our hectic digital age as we are struggling, in many cases, to overcome obstacles that are making our digital journey long and hard.
“Just as nature takes every obstacle, every impediment, and works around it – turns it to its purpose, incorporates it into itself – so, too, a rational being can turn each setback into raw material and use it to achieve its goal.“
Together, we are learning how to turn obstacles into raw material that will help us reach our goals.
My first post in 2017 was not the traditional “my predictions for 2017″ but rather a manifesto. It is something I’ve been feeling for quite awhile. We all need to break free from old habits and dare to do something different we believe in. We need to just go for it. Organizations must encourage this through a work culture based on freedom within a framework. It’s just beginning to happen.
Buzzword or New Reality?
Many organizations have “entrepreneurial culture” as part of their 2020 vision. I’ve seen it firsthand in three different companies in the last two weeks. However, unless there are fundamental changes, entrepreneurial culture will remain a vague idea with no grounding in reality. Experimentation and creativity are stifled in many organizations. Data from my 10th annual research work reveal a discouraging situation…How can new ideas be born, developed and delivered in workplaces that lack trust and where innovation is not a living value? They cannot.
In two articles in this Briefing I have shared analysis and practical advice on ways to stimulate an entrepreneurial work culture inside organizations and facilitate innovation.
The provisional 2016 research data show that 24% of organizations have formulated a compelling vision for their digital transformation but only 8% say they have communicated it clearly across the organization! We are definitely just starting the journey. Senior management is still lagging. Seriously so. It seems that getting leaders on board is still major work in progress for most organizations.
André Gide had it right when he said “Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens we have to keep going back and beginning all over again.”
What is collaboration? How free should people be to collaborate as they wish, choosing their own tools and timeframes? What is work anyway? Isn’t it primarily based on exchanges among people – colleagues and customers? The articles in this Briefing Note touch on different angles of these fundamental questions.
How do we get from bees to honey in the digital age? Or, in our case, from digital capabilities to meaningful change?
I have visited the flamingos in the Camargue every spring for the last 3 years. This photo was taken just last week. They inspire me with their grace when they flow together through the sky, following a leader, and taking turns leading. This is the feeling we should be aiming for in our digital activities and creations: fluidity, speed, beauty and dynamic leadership!
The digital age is impacting all professions and changing the very concept of jobs and work. The image below is made up of santons — handcrafted figurines representing all types of workers. Santons are on display in Provence (where I live) every December holiday season. I’m sharing them here to remind us all that we must not lose traditional values as we embrace new ways of working.