New Leadership Skills Needed to Sustain Technology Success
Here’s the reality: We are all working harder and harder. Each day presents us with a new challenge or a new opportunity that cannot be ignored. The truth is, it’s an exciting time to be working in technology or in a business sector that is being changed by technology. And while there are challenges and hurdles we all must face, we do so knowing the opportunities are there to reward us for our efforts.
Part of the reason we live in such challenging times is that we’re going through a period when many disparate technologies are achieving break-throughs at the same time. Advances are being made in the Internet-of-Things (IoT), in next generation communications (5G), in management of big data and analytics, in Artificial Intelligence (AI), in robotics and automation, and in man-machine interface technologies (MMI). The advances in one area have a magnifying impact and serve to drive changes to the others. Many have started referring to this confluence of change as the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
It is important to realize that these technology changes are, at their core, a change to the tools we have in our toolbox. Technology change provides no assurance of success for any organization or individual. You cannot simply buy a new tool and expect that benefits will magically appear. Like any other tool, these technologies have to be applied to a known problem with skill and care before any value can be derived from the investment. Organizations have to understand that a technology enabled transformation must be coupled with a change in the organization’s culture to unlock the value of that new technology. By the same token, as individuals, we must realize that we have to learn new skill and techniques before we can consider ourselves adept at using the new technology, and we may have to rethink our role in the organization before we can consider ourselves to be craftspeople.
Organizations that are heading into or already in the maelstrom of the Fourth Industrial Revolution know that the demands they place on leadership is profound and changing. For organizations to survive in such a rapidly evolving space, they need leaders that are able to look beyond the tactics of using any specific tool, they need leaders who are both agile AND strategic. The organization will want leaders that can balance privacy, risk, and ethics for a host of different technology-tool options so that they can define the best possible path to turn the challenges they face into opportunities.
The mandate for this next cohort of leaders goes beyond that. Armed with the right game plan, the organizations will expect their future leaders to be effective at communicating to management, employees, partners, and customers alike to realize their objectives. In the complex ecosystems, that defines the current business climate, the era of the demanding autocrat has given way to leadership style that demands on the individual’s ability to aspire, inspire, motivate to drive action.
Given the University of Southern California’s history as a premier research institution and home to leading schools of both business (Marshall) and engineering (Viterbi), we have opened the CTM Advanced Management Program (AMP) to enrich the leadership skill of people striving to take on a more significant role in their organization as it evolves to meet the challenges of tomorrow. While the class can be offered on site for a specific organization, open enrollment for the May 6-10 session, which will be held in Los Angeles, is also an option. Interested participants are encouraged to register at for the week long program via EventBrite.
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