21. Jul, 2020

Contemplate about a role model ...

Picture by Grant Snider for INCIDENTAL COMICS at  http://www.incidentalcomics.com/2020/07/contemplation.html 

"We can pick our teachers and we can pick our friends and we can pick the books we read and the music we listen to and the movies we see, et cetera. You are the mashup of what you let into your life." -  Paula Scherhttps://www.pentagram.com/about/paula-scher 

A nice idea, how to describe the best way to choose a role model. Learn from good examples and avoid the bad approaches. Steal with pride and copy & transfer the reference/best-in-class models for yourself, your ways of working and maybe your work environment.


During a skip level meeting with the CIO we had a similar discussion around role models, but not for individuals. In this case it was for the company and the 2025 strategy. The challenge is to find the right balance between a forward looking / stretch goal and another company that can still be reached or used as reference point. There is no space for a 2nd Google, let's take a different route. A lot of companies want to be more technology driven, more digital, offering a successful platform approach. But what is the best way to get there?

Start a transformation from the status quo to the target model, or just open a new company part, completely independent and from scratch, without any history/legacy? Some examples that might not be well known, but show a lot of potential:

50 Vital Digital Transformation Statistics: 2020 Spending, Adoption, Analysis & Data  https://financesonline.com/digital-transformation-statistics/ 

“Find out what the next thing is that you can push, that you can invent, that you can be ignorant about, that you can be arrogant about, that you can fail with, and that you can be a fool with. Because in the end, that's how you grow.” -- Paula Scher,    https://www.ted.com/speakers/paula_scher