How to ensure that digital transformation actually happens

Successful transformation is a team effort. Everyone must be actively involved, from the "ground troops", to middle management, to senior leadership.
By: | April 2, 2019


Successful transformation is a team effort. Everyone must be actively involved, from the “ground troops”, to middle management, to senior leadership.

In the case of digital transformation, initiatives might be endorsed by name, but that is not sufficient to ensure success.

Here are a few tips for HR teams looking to get full leadership buy-in for digital transformation projects.

Get a change champion on board. A champion on the executive team will be able to speak to his fellow leaders are the same level, and ensure they are on board.

Emphasise the tangible Return on Investment (ROI). This can be accomplished at a small scale through case studies and batch testing.

Provide frequent updates. This does not mean long meetings with detail PowerPoint presentation. Focus on the concrete achievements that have been accomplished so that it’s clear the project is ongoing, and that progress is being made.

At HR Festival Asia in May, speakers at the HR & Digital Transformation stream will delve further into this topic.

Frederik G Pferdt, Google’s Chief Innovation Evangelist, and also an Adjunct Professor at Stanford University, will deliver the plenary seminar on how organisations can future-proof their leaders to ensure that digital transformation is a reality, and not a pipe dream.

Alexander Nicolaus, the Head of People, Talent and Culture at Circles.Life, will also be speaking at the HR & Digital Transformation stream, focusing on the art of people practices in a disrupted landscape.

What can you learn about HR and people from a high-growth start-up? More than you might expect. Audra Pakalnyte, now the Regional Head of People at Fave, will cover how HR drives the business, the art of running and scaling lean, and how has she failed but also learned along the way.

These esteemed speakers will be joined by Paul Cobban, Chief Data and Transformation Officer of DBS BankJeff Lee, Chief People Officer of AgodaMahesh Muralidhar, Vice-President of People Operations at Airtasker, and many more.


HR Festival Asia is brought to you by the combined experience of HR Technology Conference & Exposition (US) and HR Summit (Asia), and will be taking place on May 8 and 9 at Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre.

At the event’s dedicated HR & Digital Transformation stream, delegates will have the opportunity to learn more about everything the modern HR and business leader needs to know about thriving in Industry 4.0.

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