Thursday, December 28, 2017

The Weekly Insight of the “Future of CIO” 12/28/2017

Blogging is not about writing, but about thinking, brainstorming, innovating and sharing.

The “Future of CIO” Blog has reached 2 million page views with 4300+ blog posting in 59+ different categories of leadership, management, strategy, digitalization, change/talent, etc. The content richness is not for its own sake, but to convey the vision and share the wisdom. Here is the weekly insight about digital leadership, IT Management, and Talent Management.



Three Aspects to Run Indispensable IT  IT is at the crossroad, either just providing commodity services to gradually become irrelevant, or moving up its maturity to be the differentiated business competency. Ideally, no matter which roles IT professionals fill, they need to remain indispensable because the enterprise's dependence on IT will only increase. However, in reality, business and IT work as the silo, fighting for the limited resources or competing for the never-enough budget in many organizations with the lower level of business maturity. CIOs as “Chief Insight Officer”: How to run indispensable IT to get digital ready?

The “Digital Master” Book Series- The Board Directorship Core The corporate board directorship: Modern corporate boards play significant roles in guiding businesses toward the right direction and achieve expected business results. Due to the “VUCA” characteristics -Complexity, Uncertainty, Ambiguity, and Velocity of the Digital Era, the directorship in any organization must have the agility to adapt to changes and build abilities to advise, inspire, and motivate a group of people toward accomplishing shared visions and goals.

Three Digital Traits to Become a Sophisticated Modern CIO Due to the disruptive nature of technology and fast-growing information, and in a world where practically every aspect of nearly every business, as mundane and detached from IT either sales or accounting, is wholly dependent on IT to a high degree, the CIO role is perhaps one of the most sophisticated executive positions in modern businesses because they have to wear multiple personas to practice situational leadership, and keep reinventing IT to adapting to changes all the time. For the modern CIO, that simply means being a proper "C-level" leader to amplify leadership influence and a tactical manager to keep IT running flawlessly at the prevailing level of sophistication. Here are three digital traits to become a sophisticated modern CIO

The Monthly Book Tuning: Practice “Out of the Box” Thinking to Celebrate Holidays Dec. 2017 The holiday season is not just the time to open gift boxes, but also the perfect time to open your thinking box for practicing creativity. The effects of an increasingly digitalized world are now reaching into every corner of businesses and every aspect of organizations. Digital is the age of creativity and innovation, take a break in the holidays to recharge your energy, and boost creativity via connecting dots and practice “out-of-the-box” thinking.

How to Avoid Three Measurement Pitfalls A performance measurement system is a necessary foundation for continuous improvement. It defines how you will measure success in meeting the business purpose and vision. Metrics help stakeholders understand what is going on. Without measurements, it can be hard to tell whether attempted improvements make the situation better or worse. There are both promises and perils about metrics. Metrics provide feedback and metrics are part of transparent visual management allowing pulling. But there are also pitfalls need to be avoided in order to improve business performance and make continuous improvement.


The “Digital Master” Book Series Summary “Digital Master” is the series of guidebooks (21+ books) to perceive the multi-faceted impact digital is making to the businesses and society, help forward-thinking organizations navigate through the journey in a systematic way. Digital Master refers to those high-performing, highly innovative and high-mature (less than 15%) digital organizations; at the individual level, Digital Masters are those cross-generational digital professionals who are equipped with the advanced digital minds and build a unique set of digital capabilities.

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