“But there is a different business model that is disrupting us, and that’s online learning. On-the-job education. So Intel University, GE Crotonville. This model of learning is: You come in, we’ll spend a week teaching you about strategy, and then you go off and develop the strategy. You come back for two weeks in product development, and we send you – you know. You use it and you learn it and you do it while you’re employed. It a very different business model, and that’s what’s killing us. And it’s truly what’s going to kill us”.–Clayton Christensen
“We’re no longer living in the old economy, based on industrial-era principles. That’s over. We’ve crossed into the Postnormal, and most leaders are either unaware of that transition, or are seeing only disconnected parts of it.”–Stowe Boyd
Digital and social media create a new infrastructure to build relationships, create products and services, and share resources in a fundamentally different way than before. There is literally a gaping chasm between the industrial mindset and the digital/social one.
“The most critical attributes of leaders today will not look like those we associate with leadership of even a few years ago. The patience to let things develop, the ability to operate in ambiguity. And lastly, the courage to try things that make you uncomfortable.”–Stowe Boyd
How does a leader know for certain that they have crossed into the postnormal? When they understand at a heart level that power and control are an illusion, and spend the majority of their time facilitating connections, identifying emerging trends, and co-creating the direction of their department or organization with employees, customers, and interested stakeholders.
The emotional impact on your customers will be in direct proportion to the social impact of your purpose.”–Simon Mainwaring
Social media that communicates the impact of the organization, generates interactions from customers, and allows customers to co-create products or services effectively utilizes the channels, applications, and platforms that have proliferated in recent years.
The entire slide deck from Simon Mainwaring on How To Use Social Technology to Powerfully Grow Your Reputation, Customer Community, and Profits is worth checking out too.
“Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.” –Brene Brown
The most disruptive character trait may be vulnerability. I become excited when thinking about how digital media can be used to amplify vulnerability among people and brands.
The effectiveness of your social media efforts reveal more about your organizational health than your communication expertise.
I particularly enjoyed slide #4–Holistic and well-structured businesses see 4x better returns.
The greatest barrier to improving the multi-channel customer experience is organizational structure
Power has shifted from the organization to the individual. This is not a cliche. Between their smart devices and digital connections on social media, each person has more access to information than ever before.
Organizational structures determine resource allocation and coordinate decision making. Many structures were not created to manage the information that employees generate and share with one another, nor the information produced by their customers.
An optimized multi-channel customer experiences requires coordination between departements, executives, key stakeholders, as well as a decision-making process that integrates the digital information shared by employees and customers.
Mobile, social, and cloud-enabled technology catalyzes organizational values. Extremely positive or negative results related to a change or addition in technology have more to do with the culture than the technology.
To learn more about how organizational silos create disparate communication tactics that confuse or prevent customers from engaging the way they want check out these slides on Design for Cross-Channel Experience
Complex systems evolve from simple ones, not the other way around.
Tim O’Reilly, Lessons from the Industrial Internet
Digital media, mobile devices and cloud technology are tools that completely change an existing systems function. Adding any of these onto an existing strategy without considering the fundamental changes they bring may bring little to no improvement.
Cloud technology moves the power of information from the organization to the employee and customer. Information can now be accessed from a variety of places (smartphone, tablet, laptop) at any time.
Moving information to the cloud without improving access to end-users and customers will save money, but not improve the customer experience or information sharing among employees.
When deploying digital solutions it’s imperative for all decision makers to understand what systems level changes they cause as well as what cultural changes must occur for the benefits to be realized.