Chapter 8 of my book,
Digital Trailblazer, is titled “Transformative Culture, Empathetic Teams, Diverse Leaders,”
and I went through several rewrites and revisions to get the stories and
lessons right. I just released the
Driving Digital Standup
video on this chapter, as it’s one of the most important reads in the book.
Here’s a quote from the end of the chapter:
Hiring and nurturing diverse teams, creating an inclusive culture, and
driving empathy are ongoing needs and essential to transformations. The
mix of backgrounds, skills, drivers, and interests all play into how well
teams collaborate and manage conflicts. Even when you have the right
people, you must constantly adjust to whether they’re in the right seats
with optimal responsibilities and agreed‐upon collaboration principles.
Organizations transforming and managing shifting priorities must make
reviews of leader and team dynamics an ongoing process.
And you can watch the video here:
Diverse Leaders Guiding Empatheric Teams
There’s some logic to how I titled this chapter.
Every executive I know seeks a “transformative culture” that’s open to new
ideas, supports experimentation, and partners in evolving the business
model. Transforming is a matter of survival for most companies, whether it’s
from the threat of a competitor, changing customer needs, or opportunities
to accelerate with technology or AI capabilities. I believe transformation
is a core organizational competency, but there isn’t a magic wand to help
leaders and employees transform the culture.
To transform the culture, start with the ending of my chapter title –
hiring, developing, and assigning a diverse leadership team to guide digital
transformation initiatives. As I say in the book and video, I seek collegial
conflicts brought on by diverse teams looking at problems and solutions from
individual perspectives. That’s a culture change from command-and-control
top-down cultures, and it’s the best way to ensure teams listen to customer
needs, review data collaboratively, discuss tradeoffs, and decide
But it’s easy for leaders to burn out from the pressures to respond to
detractors, accelerate transformation, and sometimes deliver more with less.
Digital Trailblazers must balance their drive with empathy, and that EQ must
trickle down to how teams collaborate.
When diverse leaders oversee digital transformation initiatives with
empathetic teams, I believe a transformative culture emerges.
I have more videos and reading at the Digital Trailblazer Community.