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Digital Age: Three Signs of a Legacy Mindset In Your Organisation

When the world transitioned from the age of agriculture into the industrial age, people had to get used to a new way of life. They probably had to get used to working in factories and offices. There certainly was a need to get used to a “structured” set of supervised tasks, in new settings.

Some would have transitioned comfortably, while some would have resented a new way of working.

If you are in a traditional industry and you suddenly start to notice tectonic shifts in your work place, it would not be surprising to feel the same or similar kind of resent and discomfort.

Fortunately, our world is better prepared to handle this transition, in to the digital age. Or, at least I hope.

According to a McKinsey report, by 2030, as many as 375 million workers, an estimated 14 percent of the global workforce — may need to switch occupational categories as digitization, automation, and advances in artificial intelligence disrupt our world of work.

And I already observe this, as I travel around various countries addressing clients in traditional industries, that are threatened by digital transformations.

Here are three signs of a legacy mindset, every leader must know and recognise, in order to create a plan to mitigate a potential disaster.

  1. Believing that “someone else” is always accountable for anything that goes wrong in the organisation
  2. Not owning the issues in the organisation because of “role”, “designations” or “rank”, boundaries
  3. Thinking that only “additional” or “new” resources is the solution to today’s problems in the organisation

Fortunately, its not all bad news and gloom.

As always, WE are accountable for our outcomes and we can always train, educate and develop ourselves to be better versions of ourselves. The version that is most suitable for the digital age transformations.

Learning is our best friend, when an unknown world unfolds.

With the right kind of training and development opportunities, even legacy staff members tend to become more accountable, more committed and eventually, more entrepreneurial both in mindset and actions.

If you are a C-Suite executive who would not want your company to disappear, within the next ten years, you better act responsibly, today!

Invest in your people.