The Secret to Digital Transformation is Culture Not Technology

If you’re hiring for a digital transformation your most important hires are not technical

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The biggest mistake we see our clients making when they recruit to support their digital transformation and Business 4.0 initiatives is to assume that hiring for Business 4.0 is hiring the right technology and innovation teams.

Technology and innovation will typically account for a tiny percentage of the population that dictates the culture of companies that are not in the technology field. People not directly involved in technology and innovation initiatives will eat your digital strategy for breakfast. Especially those that have been leading the legacy way of doing things.

To achieve a digital transformation and your Business 4.0 goals you need an agile culture. To achieve an agile culture, you need to focus at hiring EVERY SINGLE position for agile competencies. Every new Sales, Human Resources, and Finance position, every single new hire at every level should be screened and interviewed against agile competencies and most importantly their capability to be an agile culture shaper

You will likely implement company-wide training to support your digital transformation. Require agile fluency for every single new hire and implement screening for agile as a core hiring process.

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Top technical talent that can create and deploy digital tools that can impact a company’s position in the market will seek managers that undertand agile developement. Managers that are highly effective in leading these high performance teams will seek executive oversight that understands the convergence of digital trends with the legacy business. Transformational leaders will not be attracted to a company that does not have the potential to create a culture where their initiatives can thrive. A company-wide talent strategy is required to attract high-impact tranformational talent at all levels.

About Alder Koten

We help shape organizations through a combination of research, executive search, cultural & leadership assessment, and other talent advisory services.

Alder Koten was founded in 2011 and its headquarters are located in Houston and it has offices in Guadalajara, Monterrey, and Mexico City with partner firms in New York, Boston, Chicago, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, and United Kingdom.

We maintain close ties to outstanding leaders and talent in multiple industries and geographies.

Beyond our processes and tools, our biggest differentiator is in our partners, their commitment to the craft and their resilience to deliver and drive results when the inevitable issues of a human-centric process arise.

About Jose J. Ruiz

Jose is the CEO and managing partner at Alder Koten. His clients include some of the world’s most recognized organizations and investors.

In leading the recruitment for digital transformation team, Jose Ruiz partners with clients in multiple markets to help them recruit talent and develop thriving cultures. Working broadly across sectors Jose’s team specializes in hiring for agile in all leadership functions to help companies succeed in their digital transformations and Industry 4.0 initiatives.

He is also involved in executive search work focused on board members, CEOs and senior-level executives; and consulting engagements related to leadership and organizational effectiveness helping clients create thriving cultures.

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