We spend a lot of time talking about the tech behind digital transformation and how its implementation will affect people and organisations. What we often neglect to think about, however, is the skills needed to implement and maintain that technology. It’s a natural tendency to try and plug a skills gap with freshly graduated talent or to head hunt from competitors’ C suite, but, according to a global survey into “How the Best Companies get the Skills They Need to Thrive in the Digital Era”, this might not be as effective as you’d expect.
As this article in the Harvard Business Review points out, credentials aren’t everything and it’s better to hire people who can develop the skills they need on the job. The authors put forward four points (summarised below) to build a robust talent pipeline that thrives on change in the digital era.
In many ways these points tie in with Kyocera’s philosophy: Paying voluntary attention sharpens judgement.
By concentrating our minds on a specific purpose, regardless of the environment or seeming triviality of it, and always offering our best attention, we create a habit of awareness, which means that we are already right on top of a problem the moment it occurs and can resolve it quickly.
By developing a talent pipeline comprising people who are voluntarily attentive, we can evolve effortlessly, regardless of what challenges digital transformation offers.