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Is your company squandering digital opportunities?

New digital technologies present threats and opportunities for companies. Some companies fail to recognize what their customers are drawn to because they’re too narrowly focused on products and services. Five traps contribute to this lack of foresight: the product trap, the value-chain trap, the operational-efficiency trap, the customer trap, and the competitor trap. Focus on the bigger picture: What do consumers want? Read this article from digital transformation professor Mohan Subramaniam to recognize these traps and learn ways to overcome them. 

Mohan Subramaniam

How leaders can escape their echo chambers

Most leaders agree that creating a psychologically safe culture is important. However, subtle leadership behaviors can unintentionally discourage people from speaking up. In this article, executive coach Dina Smith shares 6 tips for leaders to guard against the strategic disadvantages of being stuck in an echo chamber. For example, Practice “yes and,” Demonstrate curiosity and listen, and seed different perspectives. Download this report to learn how to avoid behavior that shuts down dissenting perspectives and what to do instead.

Dina Smith

4 types of business transformation

Digital transformation looks different for each company. Successful businesses understand the nuances of transformations and know how to manage each. Can your company navigate a complex landscape of interconnected and interdependent issues, each with multiple stakeholders and agendas? To determine the right approach, ask yourself two questions: 1) Is your transformation driven by internal needs or external forces? 2) Does it need to happen quickly, or do you have more time to transform?

Carsten Lund Pedersen and Thomas Ritter

How to overcome your fear of the unknown

Uncertainty is nerve-wracking for most of us. But uncertainty leaves the door open to possibility. Your biggest personal transformations or achievements likely evolved during a period of uncertainty. Pushing through that stress to improve on the other side is a huge accomplishment. Don’t let uncertainty paralyze you. 

Nathan Furr and Susannah Harmon Furr

It’s Time to Rethink Job Descriptions for the Digital Era

Job descriptions can be tricky. Many conventional job titles have become outdated in certain workplace contexts. The modern workplace doesn’t represent the rigid professional boundaries between coworkers and their respective responsibilities seen in job descriptions. Today’s employees are often required to collaborate across the board. And given the rapid pace of tech advancements, engaged employees are also constantly acquiring new skills and crossing previously well-defined lines to boost productivity and work quality.

Tyrone Smith

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