Digital Disruption: Survival of the Most Adaptable

by Julia Sweeney, Wednesday, September 6, 2023

According to Deloitte, 87% of businesses believe digital will disrupt their industry. However, only 44% are prepared for the disruption. Leaders of the most adaptive organizations embrace a new reality: Digital Transformation is no longer a discretionary endeavor into the unknown. Digital Transformation is required to survive and businesses must create a culture built on the following ideologies that promote adaptability and encourage innovative thinking:

How to Adapt Against Digital Disruption

Embrace Continuous Change

In today's rapidly evolving business landscape, adapting to digital disruption is not merely an option but a necessity for survival. To thrive in this digital age, organizations must embrace change as an opportunity rather than a threat. In fact, 74% of organizations consider digital transformation a top priority. Companies must be agile and proactive in embracing technological advancements to stay competitive. Embracing change means reimagining traditional business models and processes through the lens of digitization.

Reward Curiosity & Creativity

Curiosity and creativity are the driving forces behind innovation and problem-solving. Organizations that encourage and reward these traits among their employees often find themselves at the forefront of their industries. To foster curiosity, leaders must create an environment that values questions, welcomes diverse perspectives, and promotes learning.  By providing resources, support, and recognition for innovative endeavors, companies can tap into the immense potential of their workforce and inspire a culture of creativity.

Encourage Experimentation

Experimentation is a cornerstone of progress and growth. Companies that prioritize experimentation understand that not every idea will yield immediate results, but the knowledge gained from trying and failing is invaluable. Embracing experimentation as a core value allows organizations to adapt more quickly to changing market dynamics, discover new opportunities, and remain competitive in an ever-evolving landscape.

Accept Failure as an Investment

According to BCG, only 35% of organizations’ digital transformation efforts are successful. Failure is often the price of progress. In the context of digital transformation and innovation, it's essential to view failure not as a setback but as an investment in knowledge and improvement. Many groundbreaking innovations were the result of multiple failures and iterations. By reframing failure as a valuable part of the innovation process, companies reduce the fear of taking risks and empower their teams to push the boundaries of what's possible. In this way, each setback becomes a valuable lesson that contributes to future successes.

Tying it all Together

Digital Transformation is more than the implementation of technology; it is a change in the way we think about our organizations. Take the leap today: gain insights to support your organization in embracing the core values necessary for survival in our digital world.

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