Contributed article by Yvonne Burton of Burton Consulting International and Silicon Valley Alliance Associate.
Technological fluency is a major part of global business skills and in the age of remote work, the need for companies to have Tech Fluency has become more and more apparent. I work mainly with Japanese companies and although many major corporations are proactive in utilizing technology to the fullest, I find that an equal number are not. Whether, small, medium, or large, many Japanese companies are behind in using technology tools for maximum benefit and suffering for it.
This first article provides a general introduction to the theme, a look at what is missing and the state that a lot of companies found themselves in when the pandemic propelled all of the world into remote work. Some companies seamlessly adapted, but for many others, it was and continues to be more of a challenge. Going forward, I will be writing more on this theme and what companies can and should be doing to increase fluency.
‘Tech Fluency’ was first published on JapanCulture-NYC where, as Business Editor, I write a bi-monthly column. I am re-posting the complete article here.
That is a mouthful. I call it Tech Fluency.
What is Tech Fluency?
Let me define it by looking at its components.
Technology: Techniques, skills, methods, and processes used in the production of goods or services or in the accomplishment of objectives.
Fluency: The quality or condition of being fluent. In addition, it is also defined as the ability to express oneself easily and articulately. It is usually applied to languages.
In this article, I am taking creative license and applying fluency to the language of technology to describe the level of proficiency and/or comfort in using the technological tools and applications that are needed to perform work responsibilities.Continue reading
The use of mobile phones for different functions, aside from communication, has become a natural habit for the average adult. In this age, millions of people shop, make payments, study, book flights, watch videos, and even perform daily work right on their phones. As a mobile app developer, a great user experience goes hand in hand with your app’s mobile-friendliness.
The worldwide web is only getting bigger each day. More people are posting about anything and everything, and because you own a business, you need to get on board. The businesses that have blogs and relative content for their business are proven more successful in society. If you want to continue to expand and reach your maximum potential with business growth, then creating a blog is just one way to expand yourself. If you want to know exactly how a blog grows your company, below are just a few reasons that are on a long list that proves a blog is worth the time to implement on your business website.
Higher Authority In The Search Engine World
With search engines like Google, Bing, Duck Duck Go, or others, having authority makes all the difference for your business. The way these search engines post your business is based on an authority algorithm. They want individuals that type in a few keywords in the search bar to find the best results the fastest. They determine what companies or options to give the searchers through using a qualified line up of high-authoritative websites. This is also a way for searchers to get the information they need without spending countless hours.Continue reading
Kimberly’s organizational culture work with us was like a journey to discover the hidden common sense shared in our organization and people across the world. Our company’s leaders successfully discovered their instinct and got much more unified as One Global Family after the journey. You can see some images of the journey from this book, just like reading a travel guidebook before taking off.
We learned from Kimberly’s sessions how important it is for each employee to understand our company’s organizational DNA. I believe that the bond developed between overseas employees through understanding our shared DNA will result in leading our global business into the future in spite of their different backgrounds, cultures, and nationalities.
Working with Kimberly was both a pleasure and honour. In my decade-plus time in Japan, I’ve never had the chance to work with someone of her talent and caliber. It was motivating and inspirational for me and I got so much out of working with her. I’m now able to use new activities, incorporate a different approach to learning and add value to my classes as well as connect more deeply with my workshop participants.
Kimberly facilitated executive offsite strategy meetings, provided executive coaching, and managed a product rollout project at Rockliffe. She’s incredibly dynamic, insightful, and motivating, with an incredible skill at using humor to get people to understand and accept what they otherwise might not. I wouldn’t hesitate to bring her into any situation where management consulting was needed.
Kimberly is a whole energy level unto herself. I call it the “Kimberly Factor”. Her passion to give, teach and mentor excels people, programs and companies.
CSIX Event Evaluations Summary Report Speaker: Kimberly Wiefling Presentation Topic: Leading from Any Chair – Leadership is Not a Position or a Title Date: Thursday, 2015-12-17 10:00:00 am – 1:00 pm Location: Saratoga Federated Church, Saratoga, CA Rating out of possible 10: 9.55 Do you feel enough material was covered? Yes = 22; No = 0 What was missing: Needed 2 hours or more!
Working with Kimberly was both energizing and enlightening. She has an uncanny ability to help you organize your own thoughts and ideas, then help you apply these ideas to accomplish your goals. My time with Kimberly was well spent!
Kimberly delivers the goods with passion and compassion. She is a dedicated leader who achieves what at first seems insurmountable. I highly recommend this Champion of change and published author.
I was thinking about you today – remembering how we sat at your kitchen table and you had me thinking about the future – began the work of shifting me towards bigger visioning. Starting from where I want to be and working my way back. I have old habits of just trying to get through each step, getting from here to there but rarely do I start from the dream fulfilled and work my way backwards. To me it was/is revolutionary thinking. I am noticing that I am starting to dream bigger; I am starting t… Read more
The recommendation of a transformed cynic: Kimberly is a bit like a cyclone – she will turn your world upside down and blow you away. Unlike a cyclone, however, she will be sure that all of the important pieces remain; neatly reorganized and stronger than before she met you. She will also, undoubtedly, leave many gems behind for you as well – some ready to display and others for you to continue polishing throughout your life and career. You will definitely be richer for having crossed her pa… Read more