Tuesday, July 26, 2016

CIO’s Leadership Agenda: Digging into the “Keywords” to Get you Digital Ready

The real differentiation is to create true value, look forward, not backward, and present the advanced uniqueness to shine through.

From one generation to the next, the substance of leadership does not change, it’s about future, change, and influence. However, the digital leadership trends will continue to emerge. Here is a set of featured blogs to dig into the “keywords” of the 21st century to brainstorming the future of digital leadership.

Digging into the “Keywords” to Get you Digital Ready

SIMPLICITY as a Principle  People are complex by nature, but to dwell on complexity is to complicate an implicate order that is naturally simple. Getting to simple is not easy for most people because they rather follow the traditions and set rules and regulations in the society. They don't bother to remove the dust around them, or want to question the unknown, or challenge the status quo, out of fear. So how to address complexity, and what's the advantage to set simplicity as a principle and live with it?

Is UNCERTAINTY  Problem or Opportunity  Uncertainty and ambiguity are a key challenge for business leaders today. In the past, many business leaders believed their organizations’ long-term goals could wait until they had dealt with the current crisis. In the current business environment with “VUCA” characteristics, this is no longer the case. The rate of change has accelerated, indicating that business leaders must learn how to strike a balance between managing complex issues today and predicting the uncertain issues of tomorrow. So is uncertainty the biggest problem in business today? And is it affecting business in setting long-term strategies and are forced to concentrate on short term goals? And further questions include - how can the soft signals of contextual changes be best determined? How do you structure information systems to deal with uncertainty

Is DIFFERENTIATION a Strategy? Today’s digital business environment is unprecedentedly dynamic, complex and uncertain. There are always players starting with different resources and competitive position. And there are always different complexities in the different time. Thus, the organizations have to build the two sets of business capabilities: The competitive necessity and competitive uniqueness. There are many sources of differentiation. Differentiation just for the sake of being different isn't a strategy, it's a tactic. The real differentiation is to create true value, look forward, not backward, and present the advanced uniqueness to shine through. The question of whether differentiation is the best strategy has to be answered case by case.

Trans-disciplinary Science?  Complex systems science is not a science in itself, but it may be considered as a 'Science of Sciences.’ Or more precisely, are we ready to recognize a complexity science as a "trans-disciplinary Science" and apply it to understand the dynamic digital ecosystem?

BALANCE as the Key in Strategic Planning: Crafting a good strategy is indeed challenging, as a strategy needs to have the “vision thing” to inspire the team; but also, be detailed enough for execution. To put simply, you must have balance - and this is often where businesses fall down.

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