2. Challenge the status quo
The world is changing, and businesses need to change too. A panelist from an independent manufacturing research and technology organization suggests, "There are still some traditionalists within senior leadership that are holding transformation initiatives back. Embracing ideas from fresh eyes and emerging talent is one way to encourage innovation." In times of uncertainty, it's the visionaries who stand to gain most ground.
A willingness to innovate and experiment is the first step toward digital transformation, but manufacturers must avoid boiling the ocean and agree on business priorities. Because technology is an enabler, not the solution, a well-defined strategy is crucial.
As Cogny says, "Being forced to rethink your strategy should be an opportunity, not a challenge. On the path to digital transformation, you will face some roadblocks, so you need to embrace new partnerships and get closer to your customers to identify the priorities." To overcome blind spots and biases, leaders need to listen, not talk.