Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Weekly Insight of the “Future of CIO” 8/19/2017

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The “Future of CIO” Blog has reached 2 million page views with 3900+ 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.

  The Weekly Insight of the “Future of CIO” 8/19/2017
  • CIOs as Chief Innovation Officer: Five Types of Innovators to Accelerate Digital Innovation Innovation is about future, without it, you lose sight of tomorrow. Innovation is an exceptional, exclusive, and realistic idea that separates you from others without a second thought. Do innovators belong to rare breed or they are among us and within us? More often than not, innovation is the teamwork, the different strengths and complementary skills of innovators can develop the business’s innovation capability and capacity, and improve the overall innovation success rate. CIOs as “Chief Innovation Officer,” can you identify innovators and manage innovation effectively?

  • The New Book “Digital Boardroom: 100 Q&As” Chapter 2 Introduction: The Digital Board’s Digital Inquiries: Digital is about the accelerating speed of changes and abundance of information. The board needs to retain the ability to capture immediate and future opportunities which will enhance their shareholders’ benefits. To lead effectively, the board needs to be able to leverage diverse viewpoints via listening, brainstorming, and questioning, make effective decisions via critical thinking, independent thinking, strategic thinking, and system thinking, and become the “mastermind” behind the digital transformation. Here is a set of the digital board’s digital inquiries.

  • CIOs as “Chief Improvement Officer” How to Run Digital IT Exceeding Business Expectations: Information is permeating into every corner of the business, and technology is an important component of almost all key business processes. But more often, there are discrepancies on how IT perceives itself and how the business perceives IT. In order to improve IT performance, IT leaders should collect the feedback from different business stakeholders. Suggestions would be to ask superiors, customers, and other stakeholders what their expectations are of you, and whether or not you meet these expectations. Because different groups of stakeholders have different perspectives on how IT is doing and how IT can help them succeed. CIOs as “Chief Improvement Officer”: How to run digital IT exceeding business expectations?

  • Running IT as an Innovative Problem Solver and a Relentless Change Agent  IT is at an inflection point to speed up digital transformation, modern IT organizations need to be the explorer for stepping into the deep, deep digital normality with the abundance of information and the sea of changes. Forward-looking CIOs express a need to free up their staff from commodity activities to spend more time on strategic or innovative business initiatives. For IT to break the old cycle, and transform from the ‘weakest link," to the superglue of the business, it has to provide business stakeholders technological insight into how they bring success to the company as a whole instead of being a commodity overcoming the cost center reputation. Digital IT leaders today should practice paradoxical thinking to strike the right balance, drive changes, and solve business problems effectively.  

  • The Monthly Foresight: Decipher the Creative Digital WOrkplace and Workforce  Aug. 2017 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, creativity is the most wanted trait for digital leaders and professionals today, and innovation is the light every organization is pursuing. Which themes shall you set to advocate digital transformation? What are your practices for building a hyper connected and ever-evolving digital business ecosystem?

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