The future demands proactivity, the right software tools – and understanding what we have to do, to get there successfully
There is a theme circulating around in the online media. With all the new horizons brought by next-gen technology, with an increasing critical mass of leaders that grasp the present and future changes – something is amiss in this mix.
Not all leaders are naturally able to shift the way of thinking of their employees – yet it seems like the digital revolution needs people to change their previous patterns.
Business leaders, as people in general, represent individualities. Getting to that common point, where the future stretches ahead in a clear perspective might not be the same for everyone. Once you understand what is next, you may present it clearly to your organization’s members, and the chances they would invest in the same common goals are much higher. But knowing what you need to do is only the first step, while doing it can test your commitment in unexpected ways.
Data tools prompt for new skills and a new approach
An SAP-related article on Future of Commerce, entitled “Serving humanity with technology”, speaks of the new mindset and skill sets required by the new tech environment. With “65% of children entering primary school today will work in job types that don’t yet exist”, the big picture that unveils before the professionals of today’s eyes can seem rather overwhelming.
All revolves around data, data tools and data science. The modern software tools are built with this in mind, but the skills need to keep up with this ongoing change, and with the ones that are still to come. Delays, misunderstanding and a superficial approach just won’t do. Gearing up for this change needs to happen now, or else catching up will be difficult and demanding.
What is required? The new generation will have to show “foresight (the ability to always be prepared for the future); curiosity (a willingness to learn new things); accelerated learning (constantly up-skilling our learning process); scenario thinking (empathetic thinking) and collaboration (the willingness to work together for common good)”. However, since a gap of skills cannot be good for businesses everywhere, those who are already in this field need to steer towards these, too. And this is an individual task, one that needs to be inspired, guided and motivated by the business leaders.
Leadership, called upon to change minds, not only policies
HBR sets up to discover why transformation is so difficult to achieve. The author of their insightful article discovered that “most organizations typically overlook is the internal shift — what people think and feel — which has to occur in order to bring the strategy to life”. What happens is some sort of blind spot phenomenon, where leaders cannot accurately see what is going on with their own people, why are they reticent to change, in order to be able to help their teams through this stage.
The article is based on practical experiences, and sets a good starting point for this core change of attitude and perspective, required from the leaders.
The goal is beyond strategy, and lies in successful execution – in times when completely replacing the workforce is no guarantee for an incoming fresh mindset, and when moving on means the strength and vision to take the others with you, as a leader.
With the cleverly designed SAP enterprise software solutions, holding the potential for future expansion into the digital and perfectly adapted to the needs of today, companies can ensure the software layer for this shift – for each of their members.
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