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10 Signs That You Are a Leader in Digital Transformation, Without Knowing it!


Even if you’ve never heard of digital transformation, it’s still likely that you’re a leader of it in your business, no matter what your role is.

Sometimes it takes someone with strategic thinking, other times you just have to be annoyed to always do things the same way. This is the kind of mindset required to analyze the present and shape the future, not only for you, but also for the organization you work for.

So here are 10 signs that you are a leader in digital transformation, without knowing it:

1. You know you can always improve

Introducing a digital process where your mechanisms are traditional doesn’t necessarily mean you need to make your business younger, or specialize in high technology.
Henry Ford tells us:

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether he is twenty or eighty. Anyone who continues to learn stays young.”

2. You already use technology in your business

We all want to improve, but we don’t always know what we really want. Let’s do an exercise together to be consistent: Do you have a computer? Cell phone? Too easy. Let’s go further: do you have video meetings? Do you send emails? Do you make presentations? Do you use Microsoft Excel? You probably already have all this at your fingertips, because you want to be more efficient with your time and also to be equipped with tools that reflect your needs and your reality.

 

3. You recognize that without certain software, your workload would be different

When journalists were equipped with typewriters, or the police did not have a radio to communicate, or researchers had no Internet, no one knew what a better way to work could look like. It is with the Internet that we find such quotes from Henry Ford saying:

“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.”

4. You know there’s better than repetitive tasks

You are not a sausage factory. The role of a software, robot or tools is to surpass human efficiency, productivity and precision so that it can unleash, assist and accelerate human creativity, growth and collaboration. Whether you’re dealing with data entry in administration, document digitization, or having the responsibility of quality control with a team, you’re in the best position to strategically spot tasks that often repeat themselves.

It’s often a place where software can help you. For one last mention worthy of Henri Ford, contrary to popular belief, one of the reasons for his success was his manufacturing innovation in the way cars are built, not his invention of the car itself.

 

5. You know that investing in technology pays off

Technology investments are often subsidized and encouraged by multiple organizations and governments. Your accountant will tell you how important it is to look into it. When we manage to do more tasks, especially by dynamically sharing our knowledge, no matter the physical distance between our employees, thanks to our technological tools: profitability becomes logical.

 

6. You know how to adapt

Your team never thought of virtual meetings, online demonstrations or even hiring new people via online interviews yet you are doing it? Or even simpler: the way you work is not the same as just a few months ago? So you’re adaptable. The new normal for you is simply normal.

 

7. You love your job

People want to make a positive impact where they work. Welcome to the passion economy. It’s harder to get involved wholeheartedly in a boring project. Projects that we care about often have to come second when our time is too invested always chasing files or endless follow-ups. So equipping ourselves to move faster to tasks that give us a “joie de vivre” positively affects everyone around us. Including us.

When our anxiety level rises, we activate the part of the brain that processes threats — the amygdala — and this steals resources from the prefrontal cortex, which is responsible for effective problem solving. Several scientific studies by Harvard Business Review and the author who compiled them in the book, “The Happiness Advantage” – Shawn Achor, show that the happier you are at work, the more productive you are. [1]

When the people you work with do so with a positive mindset, performance at almost every level (productivity, creativity, commitment) improves.

What could be more positive than a tool that allows us to:
Do our jobs better.
Make less mistakes.
Collaborate instantly.
Know how to predict priorities or trends that are important to you based on your own hidden data.
Be better organized.

 

9. You see that your business generates paperwork

Information is power. Your un digitized documents are a buried goldmine of unstructured information waiting to be discovered.

Between 2016 and 2018, 90% of the world’s data was generated. The amount of data we produce every day is truly mind-boggling. In 2018, 2.5 quintillions of data were created each day. (that is 18 zeros!) The more companies digitize around us, the faster this pace accelerates. It’s exponential. [2]

Companies that automate their paperwork and analyze the data generated in their industry, or by their employees who use simple inspection forms or other shareable documents become those with an almost unfair advantage.

 

10. You like to help people

Helping people is priceless. Listening to people’s real needs and leading them to good decisions: makes everyone happy. But 84% of companies that do not get assisted in their digital transformation fail. [3]

Michael Gale, the author of this research tells us:

“One of the most fundamental obstacles to the success of digital transformation is whether there are enough people in the organization who are aware of the challenges.”

Despite those who think that their organization is incapable, when we explore our digital change management an expert advisor, we eliminate the usual obstacles and bottlenecks in this beautiful challenge. In addition, people will adopt it and they will never look back. That is when innovation will become a breeze.

To start getting rid of your paperwork, all you have to do is ask for a free demo here.

[1] https://hbr.org/2012/01/positive-intelligence

[2] https://www.domo.com/learn/data-never-sleeps-5?aid=ogsm072517_1&sf100871281=1

[3] https://www.forbes.com/sites/brucerogers/2016/01/07/why-84-of-companies-fail-at-digital-transformation/#6950ada7397b

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