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Why every digital transformation needs a business psychologist?

The Importance of Business Psychologists in Digital Transformation

The People Side of Change

Many digital transformations fail due to neglecting the human aspect. While consultants often focus on technology, the transformation is fundamentally about people, connection, and relationships.

Human Emotion vs. Machine Logic

Machines can be coded, but human behaviors and emotions cannot. The fear and expectations that come with change, such as job security, are often underestimated and undervalued.

Two Main Reasons for Failure

  1. Lack of Vision: An absence of a meaningful, emotionally resonant vision results in lack of engagement from employees.
  2. Change Fatigue: Continuous change wears out employees, affecting their well-being.

The Value of Business Psychologists

  • Address Change Fatigue: Business psychologists can help build a culture of trust and psychological safety, which is crucial for change resiliency.
  • Shift Mindsets: They can work on individual belief systems and emotions, resulting in behavioral change.
  • Tackle Culture Change: They are skilled at initiating system change by altering social norms and shared values.

The Financial Benefit

Investing in business psychologists upfront can result in significant cost savings down the line by building a resilient organization.

Emotional Fitness

Psychological strength can enhance decision-making, learning speed, collaboration, and agility. This “imagination premium” offers a competitive advantage.

By incorporating business psychologists into the digital transformation process, organizations can better manage the psychological dimensions of change, thereby increasing the likelihood of success.

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