Talent Spotlight Series: Digital Enablement Lead - People Experience

Updated: Aug 30

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Today we are talking with Sherhan Jayesinghe about his career as a Digital Enablement Lead.


Sherhan and I first met years ago when we worked on the same team in the finance industry. We bonded over our California roots and many after work tennis matches with friends. I still don't know how to play tennis, but I do know that we have shared many laughs at my failed attempts! Sherhan now lives in the Bay Area, is close with his family, and has embraced a new chapter in his career.


Now let's learn more about Sherhan...


Name: Sherhan Jayesinghe


Current Position:

Digital Enablement Lead - People Experience


Years in Current Position: 1.5 Years


Where Can You Connect with Sherhan? Connect on LinkedIn!



What is a Digital Enablement Lead?


At a high level, a Digital Enablement Lead helps automate manual business process by developing solutions in a digital format such as an application or platform. I work within people experience in our People Organization (HR), so I help build every organization at Cisco by aligning the right people, to the right work, at the right time to create the best teams. I also partner with leaders on their strategy for inclusive workforce talent planning and organizational effectiveness. All of this is done through the digitized combination of content, process, measurement and insights.


What does a day in the life of a Digital Enablement Lead look like?


My days follow a pretty standard structure. I tend to start my days and the first part of the week with meetings. I interact with multiple teams on a daily basis. These teams include Engineering, Finance, and Legal among many others. Around the middle of the day my focus switches from collaboration to completion. I spend most of my afternoons taking action from the mornings meetings and completing work.


What role or roles did you have prior to your current position?


I’ve worked in various different roles in different industries. I began my career in the Management Program for Wells Fargo and most recently I have worked for tech companies such as Facebook and Cisco. Cisco is where I currently work as a Digital Enablement Lead. All of my past experiences have helped me grow and gain skillsets and knowledge that have grown my career into what is it today.


Is there any specialty training or area of expertise needed to succeed in your current role?


You would ideally have some knowledge of the digitization and/or product development space. I also think having training or certification in Project and Product Management would be helpful. However, you can upskill and reskill yourself throughout your career to continue to work towards you dream job which is what I did.


How do you think your job will change in the next 5 years?


I believe you will see a huge push towards automation and leveraging AI and Machine Learning. Internal products/solutions will need to evolve to meet the technology and experiences of the next generation.

For those who don't know, AI is short for Artificial Intelligence. AI and Machine Learning focus on companies abilities to produce results in a more efficient way. Every year we see growth in technology and companies will need to respond to that growth to attract and retain talent looking to be on the cutting edge of technology.


What parts of your job do you find most rewarding?


I love being able to drive impact and help improve the lives of employees. My job requires me to navigate ambiguity and manage stakeholder expectations to push the business forward. I enjoying constantly pushing myself to do better, and continuously learn new skills to ensure I am on top of new trends.


Do you work more independently or as part of a team?


My job has a good mix of both. As I mentioned with my schedule I have a lot of meetings with other teams, but then can complete tasks and produce deliverables independently.


What skills make you successful in your career field?


Navigating Ambiguity

Stakeholder Management

Critical Creative Thinking

Empathy


If you are interested in learning more about Sherhan and his experience, please feel free to connect with him on LinkedIn. There is a button with a direct link at the top of the blog!


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