If undertaking a transformation was ‘simple’, then there would be only three things that really matter:
Being clear about what is important
Having a plan about how to achieve what’s important
Never giving up on the plan until what’s important is achieved
This simple 'three step manifesto' of goal attainment was fine when the world was slower to change. The problem is, today, it’s difficult to find a situation where ‘simple’ still applies. Transformation is certainly not one of them.
Nowadays, ‘what’s important’ is forever changing; project plans have been replaced with complex transformations; and nobody has the luxury of surplus time to persist for 'as long as it takes'.
For many organisations, by the time they eventually implement that new system or build a new product, the world has moved on; competitors are pushing ahead with new technologies and customers just want… well.... something new!
So, it’s no surprise that ‘everyone’ is challenged by transformation. It can be difficult to get right.
What can you do to take the headaches out of your organisation’s next digital transformation? Have you ever heard of the statement "culture eats strategy for breakfast"? It’s a frequently referenced quote - attributed to the esteemed management consultant, professor and author Peter Drucker.
What did Drucker mean by these words?
Drucker's quote means to say that without the cultural conditions necessary for actual change to progress, strategies on their own are only aspirational - good ideas. Strategy, organisational capabilities and culture must be aligned if people are to effectively support transformation goals. In other words, an organisation’s ability or inability to make change happen (including digital transformation) can be attributed to….. its cultural make-up.
Is you organisation's cultural make-up suited for succeeding at digital transformation? When it comes to digital transformation, multiple research sources and Human Sparks experience points to specific cultural attributes that support digital transformation. For your easy reference, we've compiled several of these attributes in a list in the graphic to the right.