If You Don’t Know Where You Are How Do You Expect To Know Where You Are Going?
Published on Thursday, April 29th 2021
Moving forward and getting ahead is a crave we all possess, a common denominator that is undeniably human.
However to get ahead, you need to know where you are. Think of it as being lost and needing to find a way to your destination. Not knowing your position will make it somewhat difficult to determine the direction you are heading.
Similarly, in your Digital Transformation (DT) journey you need to be aware of your current position and performance as an organisation. Having an understanding of this, allows you to establish the necessary next steps that need to be taken.
It is also important to keep in mind that DT performance is not about the amount of AI you are implementing or whatever buzzword that comes to mind. It is more about thinking in capabilities and understanding how they play a key role in your digital journey.
Helping you identify and understand your current performance is what we are here to do! Using our internally developed questionnaire, we tackle five capabilities (if mastered in the right manner) can accelerate your performance. The questionnaire assesses how well you are performing in each capability. Towards the end of the questionnaire you receive a score that suggests the type of performer you are.
When it comes to DT every company differs in terms of performance. There is no use in comparing where you stand to where others stand, truth be told everyone is struggling in some way shape or form. And that is why we exist, we want to help you identify that struggle into a strength.
The Cycle to Accelerate personal questionnaire identifies three different types of performers. These include the following:
Your organisation is struggling to recognise and attend to the trends that are currently happening in the industry. Discarding these trends causes a fall back against your competitors. It’s not too late, focus on reinventing yourself. This means changing the mindsets of C-levels and board members and a change in the organisation’s hierarchy. As an organisation you require coaching, structural guidance and prioritisation of your digital journey. Working on these aspects is a great step towards becoming a high performer.
As a medium performer, your enterprise acknowledges its existence in the digital era to some extent. You also have enough ambition to increase your everyday performance, however you lack the necessary knowledge and guidance to become a high performer. You are capable of recognising the trends taking place in the industry, however sometimes struggle to attend to them.
This suggests that you are performing well in your digital journey, however there are always a few adjustments that you can make. As an organisation you are able to recognise and attend to the trends taking place in the industry, giving you a very strong competitive positioning in the market. To maintain such a performance level, consider implementing optimisation scenes aimed at sustaining such performance.
Looking at each type of performer it’s always important to keep in mind that if you score low you can always improve, and if you score high there is always room for improvement. DT is an ongoing process, it is like getting on a bike and never getting off. So as an organisation you are constantly in a cycle to adjust, accelerate and maintain your performance.
“You cannot get to where you are going until you have learned all there is to learn about where you are”
A great quote by Iyanla Vanzant that truly capture the essence of understanding where you stand as an organisation before embarking on your digital journey.