Sunday, April 23, 2017

The New Book “Digital IT - 100 Q&As” Quote Collection I

Healthy debating enforces critical thinking principles - looking at things from the different angles, with increased perspective and less prejudgment.

The purpose of “Digital IT-100 Q&As “ is to summarize 100+ classic and emergent digital debates about digital IT leadership and management, brainstorm how to run a holistic digital business from multidimensional lens, share digital holism and strategic insight, keep IT digital fit, deal with both IT management dilemmas and innovation paradoxes effortlessly, guide today’s digital leaders and professionals to learn the valuable lessons across industrial and geographical boundaries, develop the best and next digital practices to tailor their needs, set the right priorities to achieve high performance, and build a solid digital brand, with the goal to accelerate digital transformation.

1 Healthy debating enforces critical thinking principles - looking at things from the different angles, with increased perspective and less prejudgment.
2 The digital CIO role is like the spinal cord for the organization.
3 Ultimate CIO success is about vision, leadership, business acumen, creativity and innovation, strategic insight and beyond.
4 A bridge-like CIO has the mind to think via the multidimensional lens, the gut to innovate fearlessly; the strategy to lead wisely and the skill to move progressively.
5 The CIO must now wear many hats, and see the forest through the trees.
6 The difference between an “Atypical CIO” and a “Stereotypical CIO” is not about the physical identity but at the mindset level.
7 CIOs may not be the subject matter expert of all IT domains, but they should understand technology enough to ensure they have a keen sense of judgment on the priorities for IT investment.
8 The tough choice facing CIOs is not about only picking one identity as either being strategic or tactical, but about - when acting as a strategic leader, when playing as a tactical manager.
9 Either as a leader or a coder, dedication and “continuing learning” are important regardless of the CIO’s expertise.
10 From average to great is a leadership journey; it takes vision, passion, confidence, problem-solving skills, and teamwork to match up.
11 “Outlier” CIOs have better capabilities to connect innovation dots.
12 Digital-savvy CIOs can envision the upcoming business trends and have both “sense and sensitivity” to understand people and lead effortlessly.
13 The digital paradigm shift is inevitable. Keeping digital fit means the fitting mindset, fitting attitude, fitting structure, and fitting speed.
14 IT needs to transform from a big fact silo to the digital fit brain of a modern organization.
15 A responsive IT means a lot of things for the digital transformation: Speed, innovation, agility, integration, modernization, intelligence, value creation, and maturity, etc.
16 Structure and behavior are two elements co-working in every organism in nature and in every stem designed by human culture.
17 The digital revolution means that channels to customers.
18 The role of IT today for many organizations is solutionary for information management, operation automation, and digital orchestration.
19 IT can weave all crucial business elements such as people, process, and technology into organizational competencies for running a living and fluid digital organization.
20 Organization changes should be built into strong management practices.
21 A digital IT organization is a forerunner of running a high-performing digital business.
22 Ultimately, what the forward-looking CIO and digital fit IT, in general, must truly understand the business visions and goals.
23 The innovation management can be iterative, evolutionary, revolutionary, or disruptive, but it must be marketable and implementable.
24 The purpose of innovation management is to prepare everything to maximize the transformation of an idea to innovation, through well-prepared processes and structures.
25 As a CIO, you need to understand what the organization's expectation from IT through the innovation lenses.
26 A CIO needs to be better-rounded than to have a title of “logical” or “creative.”
27 Often old IT thinking cannot move fast enough in the age of the digitalization.
28 Creativity is the core of what makes IT strategic in any company.
29 IT has to provide both business and technological insight into how they bring success to the company as a whole transparently, holistically, and continually.
30 The is the rich context of innovation and unstoppable fountain of creativity.
31 Innovation happens at the intersection of people, process, technology, customers, and business ecosystem.
32 Innovation becomes possible only if people can step out of their comfort zone.
33 Re-imaging the future of business is exciting, but investigating the different path for unleashing business potential needs to take a systematic approach and develop it into a more solid form.
34 The wisdom and goal of innovative CIOs are to help the organization think clearly about the two horizons of future, the short-term gain, and the long term win.
35 Self-evaluation is hard due to ego, culture, process, budget, and other management issues.
36 Back to fundamental, IT is not the weakest link in the organization, it’s people.
37 The focus of the CIO’s role has changed from product-oriented to client-oriented.


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