The premise is simple yet powerful: our world is quickly becoming a digital one.
And, depending on your particular situation, there's anything from a persistent unease that the world might be changing, all the way up to a set of high-priority strategic initiatives being purposefully driven by the board of directors.
Regardless of where your group might be in this continuum, there are some basics at hand.
You'll need to understand what's going on, and why. You'll need to figure out your digital business strategy. You'll need strong leadership who can move an organization forward. You'll need a platform to support the transformation, and some new roles.
But is all that enough? Sadly, no. It's not enough to do all of this in isolation; the broader leadership ranks have their parts to play, otherwise progress will be limited.
But, if you think about it, we've seen this movie before.
The world is changing, again. Every time there's a significant contextual change, we're always faced with the challenge of arming our business leaders with the new skills they'll need. It's not just about bringing in the experts, it's about creating a new category of skills into the leadership ranks.
The world goes global; how do you teach globalization? The world goes sustainable, how do you teach sustainability? The world goes digital, how do you teach digital literacy?
The topic of establishing wide and deep digital literacy within the leadership ranks is now shaping up to be a major challenge -- not only for the customers I work with, but internally here at EMC.
And, while it might not be easy to close this gap, it's going to have to be done.
The alternatives are far harder to contemplate.