Artificial intelligence technologies come with a lot of perks, but it takes people to reap the benefits. Also: Improve communication with your team.
Yes, artificial intelligence technologies can help your organization work smarter. But to gain all the benefits these tools can bring, humans have to strategize a deployment and integration plan, says Sean Duffy in a post on CMSWire.
“Integrating artificial intelligence into enterprise operations—and ensuring that it integrates into the company culture—is a very human task,” he says. “While such initiatives need not be daunting undertakings, business leaders must invest time and resources toward careful deployment plans for AI applications across the entire organization, not just in silos.”
To start, leaders must set clear expectations for all team members about what the technology means for them. “If an AI assistant is being introduced, for example, employees should receive introductory training that shows them exactly how the system will function within their day-to-day workflows,” Duffy says.
Remember, the goal of using AI is to create smarter, more efficient workflows. Before the tech is deployed, leaders will need to decide on the specific metrics to measure progress after it launches.
“AI is poised to shape the future of work and become an integral component of the digital workplace,” Duffy says. “Leaders who invest in the technology early and get their employees’ buy-in on practical applications will be far ahead of the curve. When more advanced and complex AI-driven tools hit the market, the early adopters will be the first ones ready to take advantage of the new capabilities.”
Become a Better Communicator
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Effective communication is a critical leadership skill that helps you connect with and inspire employees to produce their best work.
For leaders looking to improve how they communicate with their teams, start by scheduling meetings with each team member, says John Eades on Inc. “You should never underestimate the value of one-on-one meetings with your employees,” he says. “Regularly scheduling these meetings will strengthen the relationship between you and your team by giving you an opportunity to provide personalized feedback, check in on current projects, and share pertinent information.”
Remember, body language speaks just as loudly as words do—so sit upright, make eye contact, and keep your arms unfolded. “When an employee sees you and recognizes positive body language, they immediately are more interested in the words you might say,” Eades says.
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