Infographic5 Traits of Digital Transformation Heroes

28 Jul 2017
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From masterful alliance-building to fact-based planning, digital leaders will emerge as true change agents as businesses look to embrace digital disruption. Our infographic covers 5 traits of key players within the organization who are primed to drive lasting change.

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They have a maverick spirit.

They’re unmistakable entrepreneurs, free thinkers and visionaries inspired by the digital economy — not fearful of it. Also known as digital leaders, they bud from mavericks within the company who see what could be. If this is you, good news: You’re foundationally wired to drive real, lasting change — but that’s only step one.

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They rally other change-makers.

Digital leaders build alliances with others who are subject matter experts at the operational level — from those with access to budget resources to those who have an “in” with senior leadership and everyone in between. These alliances become the fuel that continually shapes the vision — and the means to implement it once it gets the buy-in it deserves.

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They have perspective.

Through their alliances, digital transformation heroes collect a diverse array of insider knowledge. They know wide-scale transformation ripples across multiple layers in the organization, so understanding how change will affect each one will be crucial when it comes time to present their case.

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They’re anchored by action.

True change agents know all of this alliance building and big-picture painting will be for naught if they don’t define the “how.” So they clearly present fact-based insights about opportunities, associating new initiatives with dollar figures such as net new revenue or organic growth.

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They assume authority.

With a relentless pursuit of change, sharing of ideas and what it really takes to execute, digital transformation heroes become the unmistakable experts on digital disruption. They’re able to have robust conversations with key stakeholders about the business and are known as more than just thought leaders — they’re practical strategists who execute ideas.

Harnessing the power of digital leaders

True digital transformation is a massive undertaking. Digital leaders are only one layer in the grand scheme. Our ebook explores all five layers of lasting digital disruption, and how to execute on all of them to drive change:

  • Digital culture
  • Digital leader
  • Customer experience
  • Operating model strategy
  • Products and the apps
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5 Traits of Digital Transformation Heroes is an infographic depicting characters in business attire leading the charge with graphics such as upward-pointing arrows.

Trait number 1: They have a maverick spirit. They’re unmistakable entrepreneurs, free-thinkers and visionaries inspired by the digital economy — not fearful of it. Also known as digital leaders, they bud from mavericks within the company who see what could be. If this is you, good news: you’re foundationally wired to drive real, lasting change — but that’s only step one.

Trait number 2: They rally other change-makers. Digital leaders build alliances with others who are subject matter experts at the operational level — from those with access to budget resources to those who have an “in” with senior leadership and everyone in between. These alliances become the credible fuel that continually shapes the vision — and the means to implement it once it gets the buy-in it deserves.

Trait number 3: They have perspective. Through their alliances, digital transformation heroes collect a diverse array of insider knowledge. They know that wide-scale transformation ripples across multiple layers in the organization, so understanding how change will affect each one will be crucial when it’s time to present their case for action.

Trait number 4: They’re anchored by action. True change agents know that all of this alliance building and big picture painting will be for naught if they don’t define the “how”. So they clearly present fact-based insights about opportunities, associating new initiatives with dollar figures such as net new revenue or organic growth.

Trait number 5: They assume authority. With a relentless pursuit of change, sharing of ideas and what it really takes to execute, digital transformation heroes become the unmistakable experts on digital disruption. They’re able to have robust conversations with key stakeholders about the business and are known as more than just thought leaders — they’re practical strategists who execute ideas.

In conclusion, true digital transformation is a massive undertaking. Digital leaders are only one layer in the grand scheme. Our ebook explores all 5 layers of lasting digital disruption, and how to execute on all of them to drive change. Those layers are:

  • Digital culture
  • Digital leader
  • Customer experience
  • Operating model strategy
  • Products and the apps