Essential Reading Series: Digital transformation is a necessity and needs a digitally advanced mindset

This week’s link recommendations in my “Essential Reading Series” are again discussing different perspectives of the digital transformation from the necessity to act to the importance of the individual enablement for digital.

Happy reading!

  • Lee Congdon: Digital transformation is a survival issue: “In the case of digital transformation, there is often no room for error. A mismatch in perception and reality could mean the difference between your business surviving or failing in the digital future. At a recent event, I was reminded that the average tenure of Fortune 500 companies is falling dramatically as companies that are “born digital” continue to surpass their old-school counterparts. Becoming digital is no longer an option – it’s a survival issue.”
  • Emanuele Quintarelli: The Social Collaboration Taxonomy: “In order to achieve a purposeful, business-focused transformation, the design and launch of communities cannot be left to chance but, on the other side, a strict top-down taxonomy would most certainly dissipate energy and stifle the ability to reach critical mass.”
  • Hal Gregersen: How dolphins and Legos could spark your next business idea: “Innovators think differently. For years, my colleagues and I studied high-impact leaders and innovators – getting inside their heads to reveal the behaviors separating them from the rest of us. Associating, or connecting the seemingly unconnected, is a cognitive skill at the core of the innovator’s DNA. Yet, in business, it’s one of the most undervalued skills.”
  • Chen Zhenghao et al: Who’s Benefiting from MOOCs, and Why: “Furthermore, our findings suggest that people from developing countries more frequently report benefits from taking MOOCs and, also in developing countries, people with lower socioeconomic status and with less education are more likely to report benefits. It appears that MOOCs are tangibly helping people who take the time and effort to complete courses.”
  • Lucy Sherriff: Ernst & Young Removes Degree Classification From Entry Criteria As There’s ‘No Evidence’ University Equals Success: “Our own internal research of over 400 graduates found that screening students based on academic performance alone was too blunt an approach to recruitment.”
  • Harald Schirmer: Neue Lernmethoden – wer will das? [Google translated version]: “The tendency of controlled, predetermined and usually “One2Many” teaching methods is visible for self-directed learning with “learning coaches” – so at least I interpret the many comments. However, this means that the motivation for training no longer initiated by the executive or an organization, but the staff shall go itself. But do not have the most “self-directed learning” one thing in common: they represent a significantly higher personal expenses for each “apprentice”.”