Saturday, September 2, 2017

Bridging Digital Cognitive Gap: From Being Bi-Polar Judgmental to Having Multidimensional Discernment

"Seeing' the context we are 'part' of, allows us to identify the leverage points of the system and then 'choose' the 'decisive' factors, in the attempt to bridge the cognitive gap.

Both businesses and the world become hyper-connected and overly complex, either for leaders or digital professionals today, to survive and thrive in such the digital “VUCA” new normal, you need to keep growth mindset, updating knowledge, enforcing cognitive understanding, and move up to the next level of discernment and intellectual maturity.

Having discernment is not as the same as being judgmental which has the aspect of something being right or wrong: Having discernment is about being free to understand things more comprehensively with contextual intelligence. Context aids us in understanding what’s relevant and what’s not. Since judgment and discernment are basically used in each other’s definitions, they are quite similar, but there is a difference. Often making a judgment is a bit archaic or a bit polarized. Being judgmental has more connotations of a preconceived notion based more on pure emotion, and less on an unbiased, situation-based flexible analysis. But discernment speaks more to using perceptions via direct experience, intuitions, searching for the updated knowledge, leveraging others’ experiences, and doing research/analysis to make the best decisions. Highly discerning people are better equipped to leverage different sources of information make sound judgments. People gain a clear discernment when they explore the mental process of acquiring new knowledge through thoughts, experiences, and senses, the cognition involves exploring varieties of meanings/thoughts and abandoning old and establishing new relations.

Too often assumptions and prejudices get in the way of understanding: Assumptions and prejudices are due to lack of deeper understanding. When you judge something, you form a critical opinion of it based on facts, discerned data, or preconceived notions. Many times people make a poor judgment, not because of ignorance, but because of the lack of insight. Are you continuous examining whether you have a cognitive understanding (with updated knowledge, or unique insight ) about the circumstances, situations, or people? If not, perhaps you are getting stuck in the bipolar judgmental mentality. The most important capability of cognitive mind with a clear discernment is the willingness and ability to seek out new knowledge, address ignorance and the assumptions you make to minimize it. Cognitive understanding requires a person's ability to grasp or comprehend information. Willingness to acquire additional information begins with an acceptance you do not know enough to achieve your purpose; you recognize a gap in the knowledge you have and value in closing the gap. Without true understanding, there is no way to have strong discernment. It is the responsibility of each individual to examine themselves and to make sure they are open to true understanding.  

Multidimensional intelligence as your passport: Today’s digital leaders and professionals must present multidimensional intelligence, in order to shift from bipolar judgmental to multidimensional discernment as both businesses and the world becomes over-complex and hyper-competitive, interdependent and multi-polar. Intelligence is the capacity to understand and apply wisdom to the knowledge you are exposed to. Whether someone is "intelligent" or not depends entirely on what you are asking them to accomplish with their brain. Just like your passport, allow you visiting a new place and open your eyes; multi-dimensional intelligence is your passport to make sound judgment and gain a clear discernment. Besides conventional IQ and EQ, you need to have the strategic intelligence to diagnose the problems; the paradoxical intelligence to strike the right balance; the system intelligence to understand the interrelationship between parts and the whole; the judgmental intelligence to make a sound judgment, the cultural wisdom to gain empathy, and the creative wisdom to think differently.  

At today’s digital dynamic, you have to envision for gaining a long-term perspective, you have to apply multidimensional intelligence for either gaining clear discernments or making effective decisions. It is our connectedness to the world around us that makes whatever intelligence we have truly useful to ourselves and to others; 'seeing' the context we are 'part' of, allows us to identify the leverage points of the system and then 'choose' the 'decisive' factors, in the attempt to bridge the cognitive gaps and become high mature digital professionals.


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