System Wisdom: In Systems Thinking (ST), the true wisdom often comes from a willingness to let go of past learning. In the context of Systems Thinking, there is a huge difference in what ST wisdom stands for - and that is possibly what makes it 'uncommon' in the sense of being difficult to 'acquire.' The underlying principles of system wisdom seem not make so much sense with the rational wisdom. That perhaps makes the systems thinkers “struggle,” because it means that one has to make a huge effort to get beyond rational linear thinking - what all traditional education systems groom trainees to do - and the 'rational wisdom' that comes as part of that package. So, non-intuitively ST wisdom is not derived from 'accumulating' - but in observing the changing context of relationships - and in many cases, that means 'letting go of accumulated traditional wisdom.' Does it mean system wisdom is complementary to rational wisdom, or rational wisdom is more scientific, but system wisdom is more philosophical? Rational wisdom is the usual meaning of the term 'wisdom' - it means accumulative wisdom that grows with age - or 'learning from past experience.’ But unlearning is more difficult, and the difficulty grows exponentially with age. So ST wisdom is more difficult to acquire with age. Still, getting older doesn't mean getting mind closed, being learning agile is the digital fitness for all ages.
Collective Wisdom: Collective wisdom is abundant and invaluable at digital age because the world becomes hyperconnected, the talent people can share insight, co-create new knowledge and co-solve the challenges more seamlessly. It becomes the new normal for businesses to crowdsourcing for fresh ideas, and digital business is about leveraging social technologies and collaboration platforms to amplify collective human capabilities, achieve collective performance and share economic prosperity. Yet successful business achievement is a complex fabric with numerous variables, contextual nuances, and human sensitivities. The collective wisdom not only has enriched context but also is an attitude to understand and be understood; to share and grow; to ask questions, also become part of solutions to things bigger than each one of us. It improves the organizational agility to adapt to rapid changes and stimulates the next level of innovation, and therefore, many think, digital is also the age of innovation.
We become wise when we are humble enough to be aware of and admit what we don't know and share what we know, and understanding that, compare to what we don't know, what we know is just the tip of an iceberg. Wisdom and humility go hand in hand; we become wise when we admit the limit of human ability, but also restlessly unleash the unlimited human potential; we become wise when we see the trees without missing the forest; and we become wise when we can learn from nature balance: the sunshine and moonlight, the full spectrum of colors, the change of seasons, and many more.