This course has opened my mind to issues about technology as a leader I had not realized. Weinberger (Weinberger, 2011, Chapter 1) spoke about knowledge overload and as a leader; our responsibility is to make sure people can filter through it in order to retrieve the information they need for their position. Many people assume that you can find anything on any subject on the Internet. This is true but unfortunately, you will also get information that you may not want and trying to sift through so much information is daunting. It is imperative for leaders to make sure their employees have some type of training in how to use the Internet to locate the information they need. My leadership has acquired on a digital arm that has made me more aware of the importance of the Internet and the knowledge I can gather from it. My goal is to make the digital world work for my organization and assist in helping it to be successful.
One of the most fascinating things I will retain from this course is the way the world of work has changed over the next few years (Lindzon, 2015). With the rapid development of technology, trying to keep up with it is going to be not only a personal project but an organizational one also. Organizations will have to navigate the digital world in order to maximize the benefits it can yield. This may also mean partnering with other organizations in creating or improving on technology that could benefit both organizations. Organizations like American Online (AOL) and Time Warner combined resources, but that partnership did not end well. In order for organizations to share technology resources, they must be moving both organizations in the same direction (James, 2016). The last thing I took away from this course is the future of artificial intelligence (AI) and future jobs.
Technology is developing at such a fast pace that organizations have employed the use of artificial intelligence. This not only saves the organization money and labor, but it also enables the organization to have a better safety record (Smith & Anderson, 2014). As a leader, technology can assist me in managing training sessions for employees using technology and the Internet. Leadership in the digital world means being abreast of how the web can further enhance my organizations and the skill set of the employees. However, leaders of the digital age must also be aware of not abusing the system, i.e. emailing employees after hours and expecting them to respond to work issues. My personal leadership style has changed due to the information I have acquired in this course, and now I am more conscious of how to obtain information from data warehouses and the web.
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Smith, A., & Anderson, J. (2014). AI, robotics, and the future of jobs. Retrieved from http://www.pewinternet.org/2014/08/06/future-of-jobs/
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