April 2016

April 2016

Accelerate Digital: Adjust the Way You Communicate

Adopting an authentic communication style and prioritizing effective strategies can help you move beyond the communication problem that can often slow down digital change in your organization. This issue of the Sappington Bulletin is filled with resources to inspire a new way of communicating that motivates people to help bring your digital vision to life.


What is Authentic Communication?

Sappington’s Chief Content Officer, Erik Wirsing, believes that authentic communication is even more powerful than just trying to communicate effectively. In his new blog post, he states “for organizations to thrive, communication has to go beyond this. It has to be more than canned email messages littered with acronyms, more than standard presentations at an internal meeting...”

“In many situations a lot of the true message is lost and the message that is heard is often far different than the one intended.”

– Edward G. Wertheim, PhD, The Importance of Effective Communication


6 Ways Technology Leaders Can Communicate Effectively

Technology leaders who prioritize a new way of communicating—whether CIOs, VPs, or directors of Enterprise Architecture—can become strategic drivers of the successful digital transformation of a company. To assume this role, it is critical that technology leaders organize, guide, and advise people at all levels of the company—from the Board of Directors to technology teams—according to Sappington CEO, Tim Goggin.


The Pacific Northwest Digital Business Hub

Sappington is bringing together the region’s brightest minds in business and technology to better understand the opportunities and challenges of digital business transformation, and to help leaders envision breakthrough customer experiences for the future. Leaders from any industry can join and are invited to attend the first event in May. www.digital-northwest.com



The Elephant in the Boardroom

In a survey of over 4,000 CEOs, executives, and managers, more than 90 percent admitted they were uncomfortable confronting or engaging in conflict, according to Edgar Papke, the award-winning psychologist and author. Papke presents this topic and offers a proven seven-step model to address the issue in his new book, The Elephant in the Boardroom. It’s a must read for digital change agents!


Positive Body Language

Use positive body language to change the conversation with your peers and employees. Start by checking yourself to see if you are crossing your arms during conversations. If the answer is yes, then uncross them and see if the tone of the discussion changes.