Successful digital transformations depend on company’s leaders and complete leadership buy-in. The people who oversee the company and have comprehensive coordination across all departments, bridge communication between the Board and the employees. While it is not impossible to achieve a successful transformation without someone in a leadership role, it tends to be more difficult. If led by middle-level employees or an executive manager, the progress, acceptance, and implementation will have less commitment and support by employees.
A clear and common goal about the transformation effort must be broadly communicated to the entire team in order to secure their buy-in and support. Often, ‘digital transformation’ has a different meaning to individuals. Without clarifying what it means to your company and addressing which problems will be solved, your employees may assume their role incorrectly or assume they are being replaced. Transformation is a long and involved process and oftentimes companies do not have systems in place for effective internal communication. This then leads to difficulties in tracking progress and a breakdown in cooperation… which leads us to the next reason for failure: inadequate progress tracking.
Inadequate Progress Tracking
Record and track the work progress. Digital transformation could not be done overnight as it usually lasts for a year or two. This ‘project’ has lots of areas that require focus and attention, across different departments and it’s easy to experience disconnection, sense of fatigue, feeling lost along the way. Putting an operational system in place will allow for a single source of truth and prevent duplications. While you might not have a seamless information sharing system cross department at the moment, it doesn’t have to be a fancy software. It may be easy as using a shared Drive to move away from paper files, siloed Excel sheets or Word documents that allows no real-time updates and collaboration.
Getting Your Employees to Commit and Upskill
Digital Transformation for the sake of Digital Transformation
Overlooking Customer Experience
Taking it Too Slow, Unwilling to Let Go
Unable to Cope when Consultants Leave