Digital Transformation & Industry 4.0

To survive Industry 4.0, think beyond the digital. The source of the changes is far more than “digital transformation” or “emerging technologies.” We are a connected and aware generation who consumes information in mass volumes in real-time through handheld devices. Policy and regulation are changing. Political upheaval is occurring. New business models are emerging. New markets are appearing. We are part of a global market and a much larger ecosystem—and as with all ecosystems, the slightest shift can cause radical changes throughout the whole of the system.

Digital Transformation & Building Agile People

The 2017 Red Hat Culture Survey found that digital transformation is changing business inside and out. Most respondents (91%) agreed that technological developments are altering the way organizations in their industries must operate in order to succeed.

That’s going to require taking a hard look the frameworks for how they work, the values they adhere to, the mission that aligns them, and the operational processes that drive the engine—in other words, their organizational cultures. It’s clear that (due to various types of transformation going on) we must not only address operational needs, but also the way we think about doing work.

Digital Transformation Conversation Checklist

Real transformation isn’t about tiny shifts. It requires bold pivots. We must recognize that sustainable change requires us to change how we think—on all fronts. Remember: Changing the way we think isn’t saying that what we think now is inherently wrong. It means admitting that we can always learn more. The best path toward transformation is organizational openness. Organizations that embrace inclusivity allow for a constant and natural rate of evolution.

Proof that openness scales

Proof that openness scales January 12, 2017 Jen Kelchner Lessons from Slalom Consulting’s successful growth prove that openness scales. This post was originally posted on, January 12, 2017.   Recently I’ve had the immense pleasure of discovering Slalom Consulting, and I was fascinated to learn how they do open. Aaron Atkins and Shannon Heydt, […]

Why your teams may be failing at the collaboration game

Why your teams may be failing at the collaboration game December 6, 2016 Jen Kelchner A team’s unhealthy communication practices can cause it to disintegrate—as this case study illustrates. This post was originally posted on, December 6, 2016. When we think about skills needed to build open structures and establish open mindsets, collaboration jumps […]