Thursday, November 9, 2017

The Weekly Insight of the “Future of CIO” 11/9/2017

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The “Future of CIO” Blog has reached 2 million page views with 4200+ 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.

  • CIOs as Chief Improvement Officer: Leading Effectively via Dynamic Planning Business is full of uncertainty, volatility, and complexity. The increasing pace of changes means unpredictability and un-repetitiveness. Planning and forecasting become challenging, and planning fallacy is a business reality. Still, forward-thinking and well-managed companies need to keep planning and keep improving. With change as new normal, perhaps plans are nothing, but planning is everything. The goal of dynamic planning is to keep iterating, learning and working on a rhythm of sustained delivery and making continuous improvement. CIOs as “Chief Improvement Officer”: How to lead effectively via dynamic planning?

  • Three Questions to Assess the Board’s Digital Readiness? The corporate board plays a crucial role in business advising and monitoring, setting key digital tones, and making good policies. To drive changes and advocate innovations, the board needs to digitize and innovate itself, to exemplify leadership influence, and walk the talk in leading digital transformation. Here are three questions to assess the digital readiness of the corporate boardroom.

  • Change as a Problem-Solving Scenario With today’s “VUCA” new normal, to survive the fierce competitions and thrive with the long-term business advantage involve more planning, adjustment, problem-solving, and speed. The digital business dynamic allows the organization to morph into the business conditions and organizational capacities for change to allow a better fit. But change is never for its own sake, one of the great reasons for the change is to solve large or small problems either at daily basis or the long-term perspective, to push collective human progress forward.

  • Contemporary CIOs with Strong Mind are In Demand to Accelerate Digital Transformation? Compare to the other executive positions, the CIO position has a shorter history, but a more dynamic role to play due to the continuous changes, abundant information, and disruptive digital technology. The digital trend is that more and more CIOs have cognitive difference and diversified experiences and background, to become “Chief Innovation Officer” for discovering better ways to do things; to become “Chief Insight Officer” for bridging leadership gaps and bringing fresh viewpoint; to become “Chief Improvement Officer,” for solving business problems and making continuous delivery. The stereotypical CIO as the IT geek to “keep the lights on” only or as the controller to avoid risk is a sort of outdated perception of contemporary CIOs. Digital CIOs with “strong mind” are in demand to innovate, optimize, and accelerate digital transformation.

  • Three “Don’t” to Improve IT Maturity Change is inevitable, IT is facing both challenges and opportunities at the sea of changes and abundant growth of information. Whether it's a challenge or an opportunity depends on the relationship between the business and IT and how IT sets the priority to build a balanced “Run, Growth, and Transform” portfolio. There are still many roadblocks on the way, and numerous pitfalls to fail the initiatives for business transformation. It's a challenge if the business and IT “don't work as a whole.” It's an opportunity if the business and IT work together. IT needs to develop the next practices, but also manage a set of “DON'T” list via "lessons learned" in order to reach the next level of maturity.

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