Human Transformation has become essential in the rapidly evolving Age of Digital Transformation.
It has become imperative for executives, organizations, and processes to transform and evolve along with the world around us. Hence, this site helps navigate continuous transformation leveraging personal experiences, the latest research, and insights from industry transforming leaders. Arriving in a time of continuous transformation and navigating according to old paradigms is like trying to find your way through Oz using a map of Kansas.
Human Transformation (HX) is the concept of humans continuously learning, adjusting and growing as our world changes. Transformation requires breaking free of established paradigms through seeking disequilibrium and challenges.
Historically, inventions that triggered Human Transformation included fire, electricity, the printing press, guns, steel, and transistors. After the transistor came out, Digital Transformation is leading to changes in our lives at an ever increasing rate.
Machine Learning has accelerated Artificial Intelligence through systems deriving algorithms via pattern recognition. Likewise, Human Learning enables Human Transformation when learning focuses on recognizing and processing patterns (learning how to learn) rather than acquiring specific knowledge.
What does Human Transformation mean for us?
As our world changes at increasing speed, keeping up has become demanding. The first blockchain was conceptualized in 2008. Subsequently, Gartner forecasts its annual business value to exceed $3 trillion by 2030. Likewise, Artificial Intelligence growth is accelerating. Gartner predicts that business value will reach $3.9T in 2022. As a result, there is a need for speed to keep up with paradigm shifts. Continuous Human Transformation has become a necessity.
Consider a short, immersive 9-month training in Blockchain, Machine Learning, or Cloud Computing. Nevertheless, material relevant at the beginning would be outdated by the end. Also, finding instructors that would stay current is also a challenge.
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20 years ago, as one of my many transformations, I took a sabbatical to become a K-8 teacher. In the same vein, we were taught that jobs available to students when they graduate from college wouldn’t have existed when they began. As a result, they emphasized helping students learn to learn new concepts above teaching specific subject matter. Additionally, one professor had worked alongside Carol Dweck as she was coming up with the theory of a Growth Mindset. The Growth Mindset is an essential foundation for Human Transformation. Likewise, as leaders, we may need to lean out to create the space for others to step into the transformations necessary for success.
Enabling Human Transformation
Demand is rapidly growing for all forms of Transformers helping us cope in this Age of Rapid Transformation.
- “Watch for an evolution in 2019 and beyond of an informal mentoring culture, where people move within and between explicit mentoring programs.” Mentors Are The Secret Weapons Of Successful Startups
- The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) suggests, employment for psychologists overall will grow by 19 percent between 2014 and 2024.
- The International Coaching Federation (ICF) had 33,645 members, an increase of 10,288 – ICF 2018 Annual Report.
- Google’s Project Oxygen discovered the most sought after and valuable skill in a manager was the ability to coach.
- A Gallup study shows stress levels highest among Americans. Additionally, APA’s “Stress in America” annual survey found up to 63% of American’s are stressed about the nation’s future, work, money, political climate, violence and crime.
What kind of help to look for
Transformers are Talent Whisperers that enable talent to keep up with ongoing paradigm shifts. They evoke change in individuals, teams and organizational processes. As a result, the structure and processes of an organization also need to continuously evolve to enable innovation.
In contrast to consultants, coaches are trained to avoid leveraging their own industry experience and to not directly offer solutions. Hiring a consultant or advisor to give you and answer is like asking someone to give you a fish rather than having someone teach you to fish. In the spirit of Humble Consulting , coaches and Talent Whisperers facilitate learning to sustainably finding solutions that best fit your circumstances at any time. Hence, you strengthen your change and situational leadership skills rather than forming dependence on consultants. Nonetheless, experience in having gone through similar transformation can help asking the right questions.
Immunity to change is a natural tendency in humans. Hence, change agents help us overcome the inertia of homeostasis. Transformers may sometimes need to leverage radical candor to help others let go of the past and reach for the new. We ourselves may need to take on our villains to find the confidence to embrace change.
Transforming as Humans
Ancient beliefs speak of reincarnation as the notion of one spiritual life transcending multiple physical lives. However, things have flipped. Consequently, we now find ourselves transforming through multiple virtual lives within the context of a single physical life. Evolving through the various epochs brought about by paradigm shifts has become essential. It’s easy to get left behind like the dinosaurs given increasing rate of change around us.
As we overcome immunity to change by truly letting go, it also helps to know which aspects of our identity we wish to carry with us so that we don’t become lost on our journey. Continuously transforming while maintaining our core identity also comes with it’s challenges.
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- Kodak was worth $38B with 140,000 employees. In other words, it had a value of $270K per employee
- YouTube sold for $1.65B with 65 employees. In sum, that’s $25M per employee
- Later, Instagram sold for $1B with 13 employees. Overall, that’s $77M per employee
- Consider the $19B WhatsApp acquisition with 55 employees. That’s $245M per employee
Accordingly, we have more “exponential organizations” requiring fewer employees, but ones savvy with current technology.
Hence, continuous Human Transformation is a must.
Top business schools such as MIT, Stanford, Harvard, Wharton, Berkeley, UVa, Columbia, etc are offering executive programs to keep up with various forms of Digital Transformation.