Friday, October 28, 2016

The CIO’s Digital Agenda: Leverage Critical Thinking in Digital Transformation Oct. 2016

With the increasing speed of changes, many organizations are inundated with tactical tasks and daily operational duties, they don’t spend enough time on scrutinizing the long term strategy and identify disastrous blind spots in order to make a smooth business transformation. Indeed, there are both blind spots in strategy formulation and execution. So how to identify and close those blind spots in order to accelerate digital transformation.

     Leverage Critical Thinking in Digital Transformation

  • How to Leverage Critical Thinking for Transformative Actions? Either in our personal life or professional life, besides daily routines, there are crucial points for transformation, in which we need a mind shift for radical changes. What do you see as the spark within each of us that when ignited passion inspires us out of a routine? Is it the spark of adversity from the lower levels of Maslow's hierarchy or the spark of creativity from the top? Do you agree that the agile critical thinking has creativity well embedded? And how can you leverage critical thinking for the transformative actions?

  • Have You Focused on Fixing the Wrong Cause of a Problem?As human species, we are still facing many problems and challenges. Either for individuals, organizations, or society as a whole, the problem-solving capability is crucial to surviving and thriving. However, many decision-makers fail to fully grasp and accurately perceive what leads to problems and difficulties. Often, events and patterns are observed on the surface, and then the action is taken, but that is too early. After observing events and patterns, there are the underlying structures, the mechanisms, that cause the problem. And people lack critical thinking are usually never question because "it's the way things should be." Problem-solving in the majority of organizations today is woefully inadequate, so what happens when you focus on fixing the wrong cause of problems?
  • Do we Handle Problems at the Level of the Mindset, or Shall We? We live in the rapidly changing digital era full of paradox: on the one side, human world is running at internet speed, the physical distance is no longer the barrier to separate the world, the information is only a click away, the knowledge cycle is significantly shortened; on the other hand, people’s minds, mainly shaped in their early age, with change inertia, are far lagging behind the era we live in, they turn to be the true obstacle to distance the heart and stop human progress. And it is also the deep root cause of many business and societal problems. So would it be possible to handle the problems at the level of the mindset, but how?


  • How do you Change Mindsets? We live in the era, more often the "mainstream" mind is far lagging behind the internet speed. It must be acknowledged that changing mindset can be a very long process, it takes both vision and strategy. It occurs only through a dialogical process. It requires a devotion to fairness, correctness, truth, progress and solid respect for fundamental rights. Change happens when mindset turns into mind flow.


  • Critical Thinking as Corporate Management Practice The National Council for Excellence in Critical Thinking defines critical thinking as the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and action. From a management perspective, why isn't critical system thinking more prevalent in corporate management practices??

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