The business is looking for IT to fulfill a new role as teacher when it comes to emerging digital trends. The problem is that IT ain’t much of a teacher quite yet. In an article for The Enterprisers Project, Carla Rudder explores a Harvard Business Review study of 450 business leaders and outlines the common adversity working against digital education. There are five challenges people need to overcome in order to further their digital education:
- The lack of forums
- IT leaders are too busy.
- A lack of communication
- Gaps in skills or knowledge
- Too technical
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It is one thing to have the vision for change; it is an entirely different beast to have the people and processes to execute the vision. Having forums available helps for employees to learn in a comfortable environment. In fact, 45 percent of the respondents noted this to be the biggest barrier.
One-third of the respondents stated that their IT leaders did not make time for digital education. Taking the time to educate peers may seem daunting at first, but it is a task that has a huge value, because it creates knowledgeable, confident workers. Communication breakdowns ruin the opportunity to collaborate on cutting-edge digital transformations. Partnering up with other leaders in the organization can facilitate learning, in addition to narrowing down the skills or needs that demand attention.
Those who work in IT need to continually stay in the know about digital transformation in order to give themselves a competitive advantage. Twenty-three percent of respondents indicated that their IT leaders were not knowledgeable enough about digital endeavors to effectively do their job. As for deciding where to begin with digital training, a great place to start is analytics.
Twenty percent of the surveyed leaders stated that their IT leaders were too technical in their explanations. All business leaders should be speaking the same language and understanding one another. Otherwise, they are just wasting time. You can read the original article here: https://enterprisersproject.com/article/2016/1/5-common-obstacles-digital-learning