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Ahead of the Curve

Episode 42: Top-Down Transformation – How Team Leaders Can Operationalize Big Change

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Ahead of the Curve

Episode 42: Top-Down Transformation – How Team Leaders Can Operationalize Big Change

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Ahead of the Curve

Episode 42: Top-Down Transformation – How Team Leaders Can Operationalize Big Change

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In theory, embracing digital transformation is one of the biggest steps a business can take to differentiate itself and adapt to a rapidly changing world. But in practice, digital transformation can often be a daunting proposition; one that requires leaders to rework processes, get team members in alignment, and bring in new technologies that, without careful management, might not be adequately adopted long-term.

That’s where effective team leadership comes in. On this episode of Ahead of the Curve, we take a look at how managers and directors can lead the charge, align their teams on goals, processes, and the benefits of digitalization, and drive real, boots-on-the-ground change.

In theory, embracing digital transformation is one of the biggest steps a business can take to differentiate itself and adapt to a rapidly changing world. But in practice, digital transformation can often be a daunting proposition; one that requires leaders to rework processes, get team members in alignment, and bring in new technologies that, without careful management, might not be adequately adopted long-term.

That’s where effective team leadership comes in. On this episode of Ahead of the Curve, we take a look at how managers and directors can lead the charge, align their teams on goals, processes, and the benefits of digitalization, and drive real, boots-on-the-ground change.

Key Ideas:

01:57 - The starting point for teams looking to kickstart the digital transformation process

04:57 - Key areas managers should focus on while guiding teams through digital transformation

08:26 - When does technology enter the digital transformation equation?

10:49 - Important criteria for teams to keep in mind as they get ready to adopt a new technology

12:44 - The question of scale – how SMBs and enterprises approach transformation differently

16:09 - How to identify a project champion, and how to bring them onboard to a project

20:47 - Common stumbling blocks in digital transformation and how leaders can overcome them

25:19 - Closing thoughts for managers considering digital transformation


Guest Bio:

Anandhi Narayanan 

Gerent’s Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Transformation in Manufacturing

Anandhi brings over 17 years of experience in manufacturing, not just with technology, but with the people and processes that can lead to meaningful change. During her tenure in IT, she led digital transformations across finance, supply chain, operations and sales operations. For the past 4 years as a consultant, she has been leading cross cloud implementations, driving strategy and thought leadership for supply chain organizations in the Salesforce ecosystem.

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