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Friday, February 3, 2023

Initiatives

Business management should develop compelling business cases in today’s business reality, work against all odds, deal with lots of resistance or change inertia.

Running a successful business is about taking initiatives large or small to drive business progression. The focal point of business management is based on the future trends, varying circumstances; and what the business requires for its long-term sustenance.

Insightful business management do not have the same view of the small part of the world that the team is dealing with so that they can complement each other’s viewpoint to analyze real issues, and go more convergent to really hone in on the "why." They are able to reinvent the business by shaping a fitting mindset, advocate innovation, and take an interdisciplinary approach to improve organizational innovation capacity, agility and speed.

Understand business dynamics and generate corporate value smoothly: Organizations have abundant information and diversified workforce, if not managed smoothly, leads toward unnecessary tension, unconscious biases, and poor decision-making. Firms that are skilled at managing complexity and hyperdiversity can gain advantages by pushing the boundaries of a more complicated business mix that provides opportunities to create inter-business value.

The abundance of information and the lightweight digital technologies play a crucial role in communicating business initiatives, translating the abstract concept back into the real world example. The more complex the situation is, the more possible that you need to analyze the problems by breaking down the large issue into smaller problems without ignoring the interdependence of those pieces. Holistic view helps business professionals blueprint the future of business and highlight business transformation with standardization, coherence, and visualization of business improvement initiatives, with the goal to lead business forward structurally.

Important initiative starts with a "sense of urgency" which can only come from top management: The good moment to change is when the top senses the urgency and the bottom feels the pain. Taking a couple of change initiatives is an easy part, the difficult part is to understand the psychology behind changes. It might even have an adverse effect on feeding cynicism in the company. Perhaps different approaches are needed to reach for true understanding. Digging through the big “WHY” is extremely important either for change or any kind of business initiatives, but it’s a crucial step in managing progressive movement logically and psychologically. Once you figure out what the true problems are and are ready to ideate, you need to leverage divergent thinking to explore alternative space and come up with better resolutions.

Transformation is on the horizon when you can change the mentality, and that is not easy. For many people, "sameness" is psychological security, change leads to psychological insecurity. Most people like security. Assess people’s professional capabilities objectively by asking: Can they learn new technology or methodology, demonstrate open-mindedness and learning agility Will there be room for these employees in the new world? Even though it is difficult to change human nature, there is still value in understanding that resistance is normal and must be considered and managed accordingly.

It takes courage, but it is a necessary step to take initiatives to spark creativity and manage innovation in a structural way: Innovation is the best way to differentiate yourself and generate unique value and build strong business reputation. There will be a true evolution of the digital transformation, connected in the context of the idea reaching innovative initiatives to their environments. Innovation, in general, is surely a discipline. Self-organizing digital system approach to organizational structure could become a reality to cultivate creativity for the long run.

To catalyze organizational innovation, art spurs people’s deep observation, and wild imagination; science is the ability to produce solutions in a problem domain repeatedly. Organizations build an IT-led digital innovation agenda for solving chains of problems thoroughly. It covers innovation management, knowledge, and technology transfer, entrepreneurship and it is closely related to several other disciplines.

Business management should develop compelling business cases in today’s business reality, work against all odds, deal with lots of resistance or change inertia, continue making appropriate adjustments to build a strong business initiatives portfolio for achieving high performance results with quality and consistency.

Innovationvariance

To awaken innovation in the well-established organization, business leaders and professionals should think as an intrapreneur and act as a startup manager.
Digital is the age of innovation. And innovation is what leads to differentiation. There are many ways to differentiate and, therefore, there are many ways to pursue innovation. 

The purpose of the book “Unpuzzling Innovation - Mastering Innovation Management in a Structural Way“ is to demystify innovation puzzles in a structural way.


Innovation Variance

Innovationvariance Due to abundant knowledge, increasing pace of changes, blurred territories, and hyperconnectivity, innovation can happen anywhere across the organization and its ecosystem. However, it has a very low success rate; every organization has a tolerance for the variance which, when exceeded, produces a failure scenario.

InitiativesofinnovationThe new paradigm that is emerging is organic, alive, holistic, vibrant, energetic, fluid, creative and innovative, in relationship with its environment, and above all enhances interdisciplinary innovation approach and supports the dignity of the creative human spirit.

InnovationIntensity Innovation is similar to "the sum is larger than its parts" and is what leads to differentiation. Innovation shouldn’t be serendipity. It is a high mature digital capability that needs to be built via disciplines, structures, processes, and practices. At today's modern organizations, variety, hyperconnectivity, diversification, collaboration, and flexibility increase innovation intensity and expand the ever-evolving digital innovation ecosystem.

Initiateglobalinnovationagenda Compared to the industrial era with silo setting, static knowledge and overly restrictive hierarchy inherited from the last century, the global world has become much more complex and smaller all at once due to blurred territories, cross-boundary interactions, intriguing business relationships, and diversity of talent. Business leaders and professionals should lay out different thinking, structures, and solutions to sees the world as interconnected, interdependent and integrated, develop global innovation agenda with following characteristics, take initiatives to solve bigger and tougher problems, scale up innovation effort, to help more people, businesses, industries, and societies for enhancing inclusiveness and unleashing collective human potential in a structural way.

Innovation Innovation is not serendipity, but a management process and discipline. The broader the scope, scale, and impact of the change, the more one leans towards calling such change an innovation. Applying discipline to innovation is to figure out how to manage innovation in a structural way.

The “Future of CIO” Blog has reached 10 million page views with about 10400+ blog postings 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. Blogging is not about writing, but about thinking; it’s not just about WHAT to say, but about WHY to say, and HOW to say it. It reflects the color and shade of your thought patterns, and it indicates the peaks and curves of your thinking waves. Unlike pure entertainment, quality and professional content takes time for digesting, contemplation and engaging, and therefore, it takes time to attract the "hungry minds" and the "deep souls." It’s the journey to amplify your voice, deepen your digital footprints, and match your way to human progression.



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Initiativesofnonlinearity

Achieving the desired impact can sometimes be the result of a very small initiative. This is the magic of non-linear management dynamics.
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n face of fierce competition and rapid changes, linear thinking implies the whole is equal to the sum of its parts. Digital organization is dynamic and complex, the degree of business responsiveness depends on how business subsystems interact with each other, and those interactions can be nonlinear, technical, informational, or human. 

In many cases, it’s not so effective for solving complex problems because there is always a temptation to use simple linear models to understand highly complex, nonlinear innovation scenarios. So business leaders have to understand issues from different angles and apply interdisciplinary approaches to solve problems smoothly.

Nonlinear logic and different approaches are needed to reach for structural problem-solving: When business systems are not just about linear relationships, they are defined as nonlinear dynamics. The boundaries might have changed based on open conversations, and based on the concept that there are multiple starting points from which one can apply logic to problems.

The nonlinear vertical business logic comes through different characteristics such as mixed structures, hyper diversity, volatility, unpredictability, and increased flux. The application of non-linear thinking has to do with complex problem-solving. Non-linear thinking is less constrictive – letting the creative side of you run rampant because of its inherent lack of structure. being inclusive to appreciate cognitive differences and different points of view.

The purpose of managing business via a nonlinear approach is to ensure that the business as a whole is superior to the sum of pieces: The emergence of potential opportunities for exploring growth, either individually, or collectively, is likely to understand the nature of interdependence and follow a nonlinear pattern as the pervasiveness of the journey of change increases; interdisciplinary science can be applied to management which involves both hard science (engineering, technology, math, etc.) and soft science (anthropology, psychology, sociology, etc.).

The emergent digital technologies and tools help to break down silo paradigms and loosening overly restricted structure, utilize cutting-edge narrow band psychometrics to diagnose, assess and train the core factors of creativity. So programs carried out in the field should be able to achieve a highly tangible benefit to generate value for different functions of the company.

The focal point of nonlinear approach is based on the future trend, based on the varying situations; and based on what the system requires for its long-term sustenance:
The concept of "nonlinear" as a concept is representative of what we term emergent properties - sometimes we can control, sometimes, it just happens.

Inclusive leadership, dynamic strategic planning, and risk intelligence process play a role in dealing with uncertainty, ambiguity, to make sure that your company has a methodological digital platform that allows you to manage business initiative in a structural way, and build a creative working environment to unleash full business potential.

Businesses become more dynamic and hyperconnected, organizations have to enable the desirable emergent property, being called synergy because they are the business competency and key differentiator to build high-performing digital businesses. Achieving the desired impact can sometimes be the result of a very small initiative. This is the magic of non-linear management dynamics.

Initiatives

Always be careful about examining the potential points of engagement, rather than jumping to the “we'll fix this" mentality.
Business environment is dynamic, complex, and uncertain. There are always different complexities at a different time or dimensions. There are multiple phases of improvement and application optimization. It’s always important to create a map for getting from the current situation to the desired condition. 

At a time when successful organizations are characterized by how “dynamic” and “agile” they are, they are fluent in driving needed change, making constant improvement, and measuring outcome tangibly. What are assessments being taken onto business abilities to meet cost, schedule, quality commitments, and the provisions of value objectively?

What type of evaluation of the analysis of application is being done? Information technology is the linchpin to interweave business competency. Thus, application management is an important perspective to run a real time, customer-centric organization. In certain organizations, although legacy applications are used less and less, they continue to support some business needs.

It’s always important to make an objective assessment of application portfolio effectiveness. This is a painstaking process that requires detailed Business Analysis to find out the ground truth, trying to reduce the amount of tools and the number of skills needed to maintain application portfolios. Faced with restrictive budgets and perceived risks of unplanned downtime, it’s crucial to modernize, consolidate, integrate, optimize application portfolios to improve business effectiveness and efficiency.

What effort is being taken to assign the actions to fix identified issues? Every business initiative or application development is to fix certain issues for generating value or delighting customers. To just go ahead and fix it carries assumptions, particularly, assumptions about something wrong, limiting, or not working in some way that requires 'fixing.”

Unfortunately, sometimes, business managers jump into ‘how,” before digging into ‘why”; too many people are stuck in the mud of the old ways of solving problems. They need to understand: What solution options are available that will meet the business need? What are the risks and issues associated with each solution? And what are the objective criteria to select the best solution representing the best value-cost in terms of achievement of the business outcomes? Alignment of people, resources, employee engagement, process optimization, risk intelligence, performance measurement, etc, are all crucial steps in fixing issues step-wisely and drive business forward smoothly.

What efforts are being taken to make adjustments in the improvement plan based on the analysis, evaluation of the results of the actions taken to address the identified problems? Making continuous improvement is always the mantra to address and solve problems, and continue optimizing management approaches. However, in practice, many organizations that struggle at the lower level of maturity spend too much time on taking band-aid approaches, fixing symptoms, and solving immediate issues, without spending enough resources and time on achieving the long-term business benefits. It’s always important to gain lessons learned, make appropriate adjustments, constantly optimize processes, methods to improve problem-solving competency.

For the large scale problems with technical components, take the long-term perspective from the executive sponsorship and apply interdisciplinary knowledge. The right solution depends on the problem, how and to what extent it is manifested in a way that sets priorities for fixing, from where it emanates the greater context for understanding things from different angles and figuring out better solutions.

The real problem-solving is about seeing a problem and actually discovering a real solution to that problem, not just the band-aid approach to fix the symptoms. Always be careful about examining the potential points of engagement, rather than jumping to the “we'll fix this" mentality. Taking initiatives to solve complex problems today requires perceptive intelligence, multidisciplinary knowledge, insight, enriched experiences, taking an end-to-end response, a structural and an iterative approach

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Creativity is -an innate process to -generate novel ideas, the flashes of- inspiration, you now see in -retrospect as- groundbreaking inventions, were driven by- people not only far-sighted, but determined to-make ideas succeed, boldly.
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Isn't a tough journey to- celebrate #10,400 blog postings - to pursue- the digital way of brainstorming, innovating, motivating, story-telling?
The “Future of CIO” Blog has reached 10 million page views with 10,300+ blog postings in 59+ different categories of leadership, management, strategy, digitalization, change/talent, etc. 

The “Digital Master” book series includes 29 books to share insight from the multidimensional digital lens and perceive the multi-faceted impact the digital era upon us is making to businesses and society. The content richness is not for its own sake, but to convey the vision and share the wisdom. Here is the weekly insight of innovation leadership, IT Management, and Talent Management.

Innovation Innovation is about moving forward. In any business, if you are not moving forward, you are moving backward. There is no standing still. The hybrid nature of innovation is a combination of something old with something new. Innovation kaleidoscope shows the ever-evolving dynamic view, hybrid digital patterns, and mixed cultures.

Inquiriesofbods Nowadays, it is increasingly difficult to run a successful business due to various factors caused by rapid changes, fast growth of information, and emerging technologies. Building a high-performance corporate board requires multifaceted thinking, dot-connecting, asking insightful questions, taking a balance of multiple perceptions in guiding businesses in the right direction and achieving expected business results.

Initiativesofgrc We can't and won't be able to predict or manage every turn or twist of the business, GRC is about improving the maturity of the entire organization. For an organization embarking on a GRC journey, effective GRC should sustain the transformative change in business via checkup:Does the company have a business plan, fully developed, showing where the checkpoints and balances are? Does the plan describe how to not only implement strategic decisions but also how to monitor success. Establish holistic governance across disciplines spanning the entire value chain, build GRC principles for improving strategy management effectiveness, and accelerate business performance.

IlluminatequickWe are living in an knowledge abundant world in which information is growing overwhelmingly, technology is pervasive and the masses are looking for their own experiences to introduce fresh understanding and new practices into the business constantly.

Initiatives The world is diverse; global leaders and professionals must be open minded to appreciate all sorts of meaningful, tasteful, and informative things cross-boundarily. Success in the digital world demands both incremental improvement and transformative breakthrough. It's imperative to deepen understanding of global issues contextually and dealing with common challenges cross-industry or cross-geographical locations smoothly.

Blogging is not about writing, but about thinking of new ideas; sharing and innovating. It’s not just about WHAT to say, but about WHY to say, and HOW to say it. It reflects the color and shade of your thought patterns, and it indicates the peaks and curves of your thinking waves. Unlike pure entertainment, quality and professional content takes time for digesting, contemplation and engaging, and therefore, it takes time to attract the "hungry minds" and the "deep souls." It’s the journey to amplify diverse voices and deepen digital footprints, and it's the way to harness your innovative spirit.

Thursday, February 2, 2023

Initiativesofinnovation

Innovation management requires much deeper whole systems and integrative approaches; to leverage various environments, or ecosystems, manage innovation and accelerate performance structurally.

The new paradigm that is emerging is organic, alive, holistic, vibrant, energetic, fluid, creative and innovative, in relationship with its environment, and above all enhances interdisciplinary innovation approach and supports the dignity of the creative human spirit.


However, at business scope, innovation expands its horizon and flexes its muscles, goes beyond creating the new things, it includes both hard innovations such as products/services/processes/structures/business model innovation, as well as soft leadership/communication/culture innovation, to accelerate business performance.

Innovate via value-driven structural approach: The value-based innovation management needs to be driven by concepts like collaborative value or collective advantage. It leverages useful tools such as business architecture, and effective measures such as multi-layer ROIs, for improving the growth capacity and maturity of the business. The core principle of the system-based innovation is the structural method, leveraging the design of experiment type approaches.

Innovation can be viewed as consisting of many different stages. Some processes are more structured than others in innovation management. The most powerful thing about value based structural processes involves breakthrough innovation more than those that only manage short-term incremental innovation. It’s crucial to enhance organizational interrelationship between people and process, streamline information and idea flow, enforce business communications, and foster innovation.

Innovators are both natural and nurtured: To run an innovative organization, the more difficult challenge is not just launching successful teams, but maintaining their motivation and focus. Working in an innovation garden not only takes passion but also needs the process and hard work to rise above the learning curve; instill passion, boost energy and excitement to achieve the ultimate business results.

Innovations often happen at the intersection of people, business and customers, people and technology. Diversity catalyzes innovation, inquisitiveness stimulates creativity. Thus, it’s crucial to harness communication and collaboration. Communication should tailor the audience, leverage multiple digital channels and methodologies to share knowledge, spur great ideas, and implement the best ideas effectively.

Art and science of innovation: Innovation is not serendipity, or only a few spontaneous efforts, but needs to be a differentiated business competency. A great innovation framework approach helps to mix the art and science of management discipline holistically in order to manage different flavors of innovation systematically without “losing a big picture.” In reality though, there is the tension between the art and science of management, including innovation. Art is about visualizing unseen, abstract and envision; science is about simplifying complex things via experimenting, inference & deference.

There are many ways to innovate, the art of discovery is about rising above the status quo and taking on a new set of activities to ask open-ended questions, and create previously unconsidered solutions. The science of innovation is about pattern discovery, experimenting, and measurable outcome. Every scientific innovation effort needs to incorporate the means and ends, become more information-enriched, people-centric, having innovators involved in the innovation strategy development process, and systematically build the unique innovation competency of the company.

Due to the fact that innovating in today’s digital world has become increasingly complex in nature, organizations can no longer rely on a single individual or team to drive innovation. Innovation management requires much deeper whole systems and integrative approaches; to leverage various environments, or ecosystems, manage innovation and accelerate performance structurally.


Initiatetogoapproach

Organizations can take mixed top-down, bottom-up, inside-out, outside-in, middle-out, and cross-functional system wide approaches to go digital in a multidimensional way.

Due to the “VUCA” (Velocity, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity) nature of digital transformation, businesses have to deal with constant ambiguity, increasing complexity, rapid change, and unprecedented uncertainty by taking different approaches and improving organizational responsiveness and agility.

It is an interdisciplinary management approach which stands in between management, economy, psychology, sociology, and neurology, etc to make a smooth paradigm shift.

Unification via a horizontal approach:
We need the flexibility to adapt "in-stride" as necessary to move the goal promptly as we discover the knowledge and events of tomorrow. To deal with today’s complex problems and overcome challenges, individual work and group work cannot be done without horizontal unification. Cross-functional collaboration is the new normal to co-solve complex problems. Horizontal approaches, such as portfolio mapping, scenario making, and resource allocation help to ensure the business as a whole is superior to the sum of its parts.

Lead via a vertical approach: Either leadership or change need to go deeper, not only fixing behaviors, but also underlying mindset, values, attitude. Numerous changes or business transformations run, complete, and then slowly crumble away as people revert to old ways of doing things, and get stuck with complacency gradually. Change needs to permeate into business processes, cultures, communications, people have to reshape their fitting mindset, and deepen their understanding of people and organizations. Leaders should take a proactive approach to build phenomenal long-loved transformations and make a significant difference in mindset, attitude, and aptitude.

Handle disruptions via structural approach: To stay competitive, companies are not only experimenting with alternative ways to do things, but also commit to taking a systematic approach to explore the emerging digital horizon and unlock the full digital potential. Business environment is dynamic, how successful the organization can handle digital disruption depends on how fast and capable they can adapt to changes. To explore the emerging digital horizon and lead forward solidly, you have to understand what it means to the business and get to know the external changing connected environment or the entire business ecosystem, take a structural way to orchestrate transformative change smoothly.

There is no “one size fits all” solution to overcome business challenges. Organizations can take mixed top-down, bottom-up, inside-out, outside-in, middle-out, and cross-functional system wide approaches to go digital in a multidimensional way.

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Illustrateroadblocks

Riding ahead of the change curve takes vision, strategy, courage, methodology, principles, and practices.
Digital makes a significant impact on how we think, live, and work. There is the mix of old and new, physical and virtual, order and chaos. We are in a time of tremendous change, the dawn of the digital age, the path to the next level of digital maturity, also in the era of confusion and information overload. 

Therefore, it’s critical to identify, understand, and avoid pitfalls, discover strategic and predictive pathways to change, increase confidence, position a brand and leverage resources to make the digital paradigm shift effortlessly.

Illustrate  Roadblocks


Illustrateroadblocks The art of innovation management is to spur creativity for unleashing collective human or business potential. The science of innovation management is to make things predictable, process reliable, and procedure under-control in order to achieve high performance results quantitatively and qualitatively.

Innovation via Overcoming Roadblocks Digital is the age of innovation. From the management perspective, innovation is how to transform novel ideas to achieve its business value, and innovation is what leads to differentiation. Due to the hyper-complexity of modern businesses, innovation is essentially about reducing the unnecessary business complexity to tackle the complexities of the business dynamic. Innovation management has an overall very low success rate. So, what are the roadblocks to cause innovation failure, and how to overcome them in achieving the high-expected result from innovation management

Identifyagile’sRoadBlocks Agile becomes the mainstream software management methodology, even turns to be the corporate management philosophy, however, going Agile is not an easy journey, what are the biggest problems for people or companies when they decide to go Agile.What is the hardest thing when you choose that road? What are your biggest pains?

Uncoverchangeroadblocks Change is inevitable, we all should adapt to it. The human element of change entails a people-centric approach to change management style. It’s imperative to awaken the changing consciousness of the people, encourage them to develop changeability, keep them alert of risks on the way. Without taking a breath to look back, look forward, plowing on to the next big thing before completely embedding the change into business as usual or running multiple simultaneous changes can leave a workforce reeling and exhausted. How do you overcome the objections or roadblocks on the journey of changes, and how can you improve the success rate of change management?

IdentifyRoadblocksinBPMJourney BPM continues its rocky road journey, took a few value trails, taste drops of Mighty Waters, met a big social wind, it met more roadblocks as well.

The blog is a dynamic book flowing with your thoughts; growing through your dedication; sharing your knowledge; conveying your wisdom, and making influence through touching the hearts and connecting the minds across the globe. The “Future of CIO” Blog has reached 15 million page views with about #10300 blog postings. Among 59+ different categories of leadership, management, strategy, digitalization, change/talent, etc. Blogging is not about writing, but about thinking and innovating new ideas; it’s not just about WHAT to say, but about WHY to say, and HOW to say it. It reflects the color and shade of your thought patterns, and it indicates the peaks and curves of your thinking waves. Unlike pure entertainment, quality and professional content takes time for digesting, contemplation and engaging, and therefore, it takes the time to attract the "hungry minds" and the "deep souls." It’s the journey to amplify diverse voices and deepen digital footprints, and it's the way to harness your innovative spirit.

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Top talent are looking for -growth, recognition, opportunities…Are you ready to -recognize their talent, fulfill their obligations, keep them shining out of-the darkness, encourage others to-follow through, co-shape human society, progressively?

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Initiativesofgrc

GRC should sustain the transformative change in business with the right order: People, Process, and Technology.
We can't and won't be able to predict or manage every turn or twist of the business, GRC is about improving the maturity of the entire organization. For an organization embarking on a GRC journey, effective GRC should sustain the transformative change in business via checkup:Does the company have a business plan, fully developed, showing where the checkpoints and balances are? Does the plan describe how to not only implement strategic decisions but also how to monitor success. Establish holistic governance across disciplines spanning the entire value chain, build GRC principles for improving strategy management effectiveness, and accelerate business performance.

GRC is and remains the purview of top organization management: GRC view can be used to raise visibility and awareness for many things that are captured at the different levels of the organization, and bring them in front of top leadership. The problem with governance is that people enforcing governance normally have a frame of reference based on their own experiences, there is often a perception or process gap. To think critically and change progressively perhaps more often than not, business management needs to gain a holistic view about GRC.

GRC is not about a single role or reporting structure, as there are separate functions/roles. Neither is GRC about lumping them together but allowing different roles to work together in harmony. For every corporation which should work and be efficient, you need holisticGRC discipline that helps executives and management get the concept of connectivity. That's why it has usually been put into the overarching GRC (Governance, Risk, Compliance) umbrella, to improve business manageability.

The flavor of GRC practices depends on the nature of the business and the level of the organizational maturity: GRC management and controls provide management the information they need to improve business performance and achieve compliance. Keeping track of GRC activities is surely helpful in being proactive. Install, operate, and utilize GRC functions, whatever its technological enabled business capability is.

If the efficiency quotient of the organization is not impacted to a very high degree, then, GRC implementation would have been futile. In the face of “VUCA” reality, it’s important to establish holistic governance practices across disciplines spanning the entire value chain, and establish good principles for improving business management effectiveness, maturity.

GRC works best as a system:
Every system is like three sides of a con, this side, that side and the integrative relationship between them. Philosophy as the abstract wisdom helps to set guidelines for enforcing business GRC discipline. A well set up governance system would have the board involved in developing, setting and monitoring the companies' strategic plan, orchestrating the strategy across the enterprise. With the critical output from an intelligent GRC system, businesses are resilient to known risks which are predicted, improve business resilience and speed.

The important characteristics of digitalization are over-complexity, uncertainty, and ambiguity. Hence, GRC (governance, risk management, and compliance) becomes more critical than ever. GRC program is a journey. GRC should sustain the transformative change in business with the right order: People, Process, and Technology. The soft stuff (value, leadership, culture, communication) is the hard stuff for enforcing GRC discipline and accelerating business performance.





Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Initiatives

Organizational management is a set of principles, processes, and practices, encouraging the best, and fixing the worst.

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rganizations have limited resources and talent, the real challenge is to understand your priorities, understand what’s blocking overall business achievements, targets, and performance, know where and how you can and should improve, leverage available resources, and focus on the most important things.

Organizational management should recognize the best, diagnosing the worst, in order to overcome barriers, develop the best & next practices, solve crucial problems, throughout their organization to accelerate digital transformation.

The best people-centric organizations understand, respect, delight customers; without respect and empathy, customer service becomes worse: The digital era upon us is about people, choice, innovation. Understanding the satisfaction of the customer, user and stakeholders is what allows the business to become more customer centric. Often, the lagging organization’s focus is on making a short-term profit, but such shortsightedness doesn't buy well-being, innovation or long-term prosperity. Customers want to be looked upon as human beings. Customer service requires, first and foremost, great listening skills, using sentimental analysis to understand customers’ needs, and how to solve their problems empathetically..

It’s important to genuinely engage both internal and external customers. If customers are not satisfied with your products or service. In the end, the most important questions to be answered are "why did this complaint exist in the first place and how can we ensure that it never happens again, how to generate value both for customers and organizations, etc. As value is a feeling and it is held in the guts and emotions of stakeholders. While there will also be an element of subjectivity in these matters. There have to be some hard numbers to calculate success. This is what "value" is all about and the importance of calculating it.

The best culture can support an average strategy; but a worst culture causes failures of a good strategy:
Culture precedes strategy. Culture is one of the main factors that affect implementation of strategies. The right culture is a prerequisite foundation for implementing strategy. A good culture can support a weak strategy, but a weak culture cannot support a great strategy. An organization's cultural orientation forms the basis for initiating and improving on strategies and sustaining it.

The best cultures are inclusive, learning-agile, high-performance, enable a viable strategy; on the other hand, a great strategy in a corrosive culture is doomed. A good strategy should also take account of culture into the enterprise even around the enterprise. Culture is established as part of the DNA of the organization then strategy can be implemented. Culture is more important because you can recover more quickly from mistakes in strategy if the culture supports changes than you can from the culture that is maladapted to the evolving needs of the business or industry.

The best outcome is to make the right decision to solve the right problems with tangible results; the worst outcome is to make no decision or to delay the decision to the point of ineffectiveness: At today’s “VUCA” -volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous digital dynamic, all people want to know how to avoid unnecessary mistakes, especially the worst ones, in order to make crucial decisions right. In reality, many poor decisions are made by very intelligent people. But decision making is the professional capability which can be developed. Making sound processes to frame decisions is critical. An essential part of the 'framing process' is to understand what your high-level outcomes are related to the issue, opportunity or problem.

It’s crucial to make logical reasoning about the good and worse outcomes. You cannot choose between alternatives without being clear about your desired outcome. The importance of the process becomes critical as decisions become more complex and involve more diverse stakeholders. Focus on making effective decisions and the best chance for a good outcome is to make a good decision. If the decision-making scenario is well designed and well-executed, you have the highest probability of getting the best outcome in the state of knowledge accessible at the time of decision-making.

The world is constantly changing, and digital is all about flow; to effectively respond to the digital dynamics, companies must begin thinking about ways with strategic planning to broaden their ecosystems and revenue streams while becoming more responsive and scalable, The practices that are "best" today are almost always not "best" in the future. Organizational management is a set of principles, processes, and practices, encouraging the best, and fixing the worst. The art of management enables us to reimagine the possibility of unlocking collective potential. With management as science, the organization can bring greater awareness of intricacies and the systemic value of organizational systems, to improve organizational performance significantly.

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Heralding a dynamic organization needs to leverage the holistic perspective to emphasize communication, participation, relationships, collaboration for unlocking business performance and potential continually.
We should convey VIRTUE or share VALUE such as professional ethic value, culture value, societal value, global value, etc. It’s critical to understand and unlock the total value of people.
From one generation to the next, the substance of leadership does not change, it’s about the future, change, and influence. However, digital leadership trends will continue to emerge. Here is a set of featured blogs to dig into the “keywords” of the 21st century to brainstorm the future of digital leadership and business transformation.

Initiatives of Reinvention 

Initiatereinvention Organizations are confronted with rapid changes, blurred boundaries, competitive marketing dynamic, and more selective customers. Digital refinement needs to focus on innovation and people centricity. Reinventing business to get digital ready is an evolutionary journey with ups and downs, promises and perils on the way. That requires passion, courage, much more time, energy, experimentation, retreat, and reflection, creating the synergy to strive in “VUCA” reality.

Initiativesofreinventing We are stepping into the digital economy with the very characteristics of nonlinearity, diversification, interdependence, and hyperconnectivity, etc. The intensity of darkness varies with each of us, and so is our understanding and action under the same situation or different circumstances. A well developed strategic planning provides direction, sets guidelines, diagnoses issues, and outlines the preferred course of actions. But with unprecedented uncertainty, how to balance the varying factors to ensure the business management effectiveness and achieve high performance business results.

InitiativesofRe-imagine IT with Digital Themes IT is in the middle of a sea change because of the exponential growth of information and emergent lightweight digital technologies. Traditional IT organization is monolithic, isolated, stereotypical, and slow to change. Embracing digital is inevitable as that is now part of reality. CIOs as “Chief Innovation Officer”: How to reimagine IT with digital themes and reinvent IT to get digital ready?

InitiateeffortstoRejuvenate IT to get Digital Ready Due to the disruptive force of technology and exponential growth of information, more and more innovative organizations empower their IT organization to lead digital transformation at the front. IT organizations today can no longer hide behind the scene and get stuck at the lower level of maturity to keep the lights on only or feel struggled to make an alignment with the business. IT organization has to reinvent itself for adapting to the increasing speed of changes and becoming more nimble about updating technology and managing information effectively. IT has to learn how to disrupt itself first, here are three “DE” efforts to rejuvenate IT.

Innovating via AlignmentThe black and white boundaries continue to diminish due to the occurrence of increased economic integration among industries, nations, and people movement across cultures. Heralding a dynamic organization needs to leverage the holistic perspective to emphasize communication, participation, relationships, collaboration for unlocking business performance and potential continually.

The blog is a dynamic book flowing with your thoughts; growing through your dedication; sharing your knowledge; conveying your wisdom, and making an influence through touching the hearts and connecting minds across the globe. The “Future of CIO” Blog has reached 10 million page views with about #10300 blog postings. Among 59+ different categories of leadership, management, strategy, digitalization, change/talent, etc. Blogging is not about writing, but about thinking and innovating new ideas; it’s not just about WHAT to say, but about WHY to say, and HOW to say it. It reflects the color and shade of your thought patterns, and it indicates the peaks and curves of your thinking waves. Unlike pure entertainment, quality and professional content takes time for digesting, contemplation and engaging, and therefore, it takes time to attract the "hungry minds" and the "deep souls." It’s the journey to amplify diverse voices and deepen digital footprints, and it's the way to harness your innovative spirit.

Initiatives

It’s important to optimize business management capability and capacity, harness innovation, unlock business performance and unleash collective potential consistently.

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rganizations today are inundated with the sea of information, overwhelmed with too many initiatives, and overloaded with operation and short term business concerns.

Every business initiative is to solve a certain problem; think big, start small; well define business goals, then, diagnose the current problems holistically. You can't do everything; so which business initiatives will you take? You have to determine why you are doing it. What strategic goals and objectives are you trying to reach?

Rate importance of business initiatives: To survive in the dynamic business circumstances, business management needs to do more planning and prioritization, and align business portfolio management with strategic goals and objectives, and improve organizational transparency. It's critical to implement business initiatives steadily by optimizing the value of information while minimizing risks, preventing risks effectively, and shaping high mature digital organizations step-wisely.

When circumstances change, you are devising the plan, adjusting the initiatives, all of which needs to be relevant but also general to deal with the changes.The reality is that there are a lot of things that can go wrong and it is not always easy to identify what is important. It’s important to make extensive observations, try to understand how those parts are connected. When a new initiative comes up, the senior stakeholders must be able to rate its importance. Knowledge professionals need further ability to be innovative and intelligent, think out of the box, and solve problems with alternative solutions.

Handle sequence & consequence in a rational way
: Running a business with progressive change is fundamentally about how to apply logic to solve problems, implement ideas, and guild teams to make things happen timely. To keep employees and teams focused on the most important things, handle sequence & consequence of change initiatives, enforce logic, more often nonlinearly, to produce business results smoothly.

The management needs to predict which consequences can be created through action steps of strategic implementation, and how to make proper adjustments in its external environment, and how this affects the future of the organization. The real challenge is to understand the priorities of your company, and know where and how you can and should improve to amplify its effect. The dynamic sequence-consequence cycle involves the continual attention to current changes in the organization.

Business management needs to calculate cost/benefit for each of their business solution alternatives: Many organizations have little insight into their cost structures and who is consuming the assets. It's important to generate business cases and look for investments to be justified and governed on the basis of benefit delivery, return on investment and contribution to innovation. Highly effective organizations keep optimizing the organizational cost significantly to better compete in a global marketplace. The challenge is to have visibility and traceability between business costs and the assets consuming those costs. Highly effective organizations keep optimizing the organizational cost significantly to better compete in a global marketplace.

Balanced score cards have their place, but you need to combine with traditional estimation on cost/benefit and to add the third dimension which connects the initiatives to the strategies they contribute to and use pairwise comparison to give you a view on how they contribute. The management estimates the time and cost for relevant activities that they can think of, leverage appropriate technologies to generate invaluable insights, making predictions on how much profit the business will make, as well as how to strike the right balance of short term gain and long term perspective.

We shall realize we can change, whether forced by circumstances or our own initiatives. Change happens whether we want it or not..So do not limit the success factor for a change or transformation to any particular aspect, nor accept the pure success or pure failure assumption. The dimension of diversity is indeed needed to provide more teeth and speed to the business initiative in the rapidly changing times. It’s important to optimize business management capability and capacity, harness innovation, unlock business performance and unleash collective potential consistently.