Transformation efforts fail because they are complicated endeavors that reach all parts of the organization. Transformation is the act of necessarily exposing an organization’s intricacies to address the complexity of the transformation. Readiness is critical to success because it prepares the organization for the complex task of Digital Transformation. It is about achieving better business results and the best business value in your Transformation journey. Readiness is about not necessarily an end-state, but rather being in a constant state of Readiness. So, specifically what is Readiness and how is being ready provide better business outcomes for your Digital Transformation effort?
Readiness is a measurement of the preparedness of your organization to undergo Digital Transformation. You don’t want to jump into Digital Transformation not knowing if your organization has the capabilities to accomplish it effectively. Readiness gives you the knowledge and assurance that your organization will achieve desired outcomes. Readiness can also save your organization’s reputation by allowing you to avoid a potentially high profile failure by engaging in a Digital Transformation you were not ready to complete. Readiness can save your organization time and money and even improve the profitability of the transformation.
Finally, Readiness will allow you to know whether your organization meets the requirements to even consider Digital Transformation. If you don’t have the requirements now, our Readiness Assessment will let you know what you need to do and any changes you need to make or training you need to get in order to make your Digital Transformation a successful one that your organization can accomplish, and accomplish brilliantly.
Why Should I Care About Readiness?
What do the world’s most elite military units and championship sport teams have in common?
They are always training, preparing, “getting ready” for the next mission or the next game. They know that the better prepared they are, the more likely the mission will be successful or the game won.
Need Another Reason to Care?
Remember the McKinsey study from our Home Page?
That same study "shows that cultural obstacles correlate clearly with negative economic performance". The study goes on to say "the experiences of leading players such as BBVA, GE, and Nordstrom, which have shown what it looks like when companies support their digital strategies and investments with deliberate efforts to make their cultures more responsive to customers, more willing to take risks, and better connected across functions.".
If you want to improve your bottom line results, "Executives must be proactive in shaping and measuring culture, approaching it with the same rigor and discipline with which they tackle operational transformations.".
Get Your Culture READY!
There is case study evidence of the success of companies for each of the dimensions:
- Many business sectors including Banking, Manufacturing, and Automotive recommend “implementation of the right set of organizational capabilities are critical requirements” for Digital Transformation. Readiness is having the right amount of foundational organizational processes and capabilities
- British Telecom and companies in the European Union learned to place “the emphasis on business issues such as how will my business processes change.” Readiness is having the Organizational Agility to rapidly alter the business in response to a changing digital environment
- NHS England found that having a “user council set up to involve external stakeholders in activity” was a key success factor to Digital Transformation. Readiness is the Strategic Agility that comes from knowing and involving your customers
- A McKinsey study of Digital culture shows companies like GE and Nordstrom realized “In our experience, executives who wait for organizational cultures to change organically will move too slowly as digital penetration grows.” Readiness is a Disruptive culture whose Senior Leaders are advocates and role models.