Monday, December 25, 2017

The “Digital Master” Book Series- IT Leadership Core

Due to disruptive nature of technologies and exponential growth of information, IT leadership has to be continually reimagined, refined, refreshed and re-energized. 

“Digital Master” is the series of guidebooks (21+ books) to perceive the multi-faceted impact digital is making to the businesses and society, help forward-thinking organizations navigate through the journey in a systematic way. Digital Master refers to those high-performing, highly innovative and high-mature (less than 15%) digital organizations; they have both clear digital vision and well-crafted digital strategy; they are courageous to be in the vanguard of digital transformation with a quantum lead. At the individual level, Digital Masters are those cross-generational digital professionals who are equipped with the advanced digital minds and build a unique set of digital capabilities.

Information & Technology core: Three digital CIO and IT leadership books in “Digital Master” series through some light on how to rejuvenate IT leadership and reinvent IT to get digital ready. The business paradigm is shifting from the industrial age to a new digital era. Digital organizations are hyperconnected and interdependent, and they have to continue to adapt to the digital new normal with “VUCA” characteristics -Velocity, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity. IT plays a pivotal role in digital transformation with many expectations from business partners, and IT has many challenges to overcome for achieving the high level of digital maturity.

CIO Master: The purpose of "CIO Master - Unleash the Digital Potential of IT " is to provide guidelines for building a framework to run a highly effective, highly innovative, and highly mature digital IT organization. Also, it provides the principles to reinvent CIO leadership via practicing multitudes of digital influence.

  • Rebrand digital CIOs with multiple personas
  • Reinvent IT to unleash its full digital potential
  • Reenergize change as an ongoing digital capability
  • Refine talent management to bridge IT skills gap
  • Remaster multidimensional IT to create multi-level business value 
  • Renovate strategy execution continuum to improve effectiveness
  • Reimagine IT as an innovation engine to catalyze business growth
  • Reshape IT via leveraging “3P”s: Principle, Portfolio, Performance
  • Retool IT agility to adapt to change

The purpose of “IT innovation - Reinvent IT for the Digital Age” is to help business and IT leaders and digital professionals ride above the learning curve, reinvent IT as an innovation hub and game changer; reimagine IT as an innovation outlier; renovate a hybrid IT and digital organization; fine-tune IT as the digital whole brain of the organization; accelerate IT on the fast lane, rebuild IT as the business capability multiplier; empower IT as a digital change agent; and leverage the “alphabetic elements” to run a highly innovative IT organization for the digital age.

Digital IT: Nowadays information is the lifeblood, and the emergent technology is more often the business disruptor. Due to the changing nature of information and technology, IT is always in the changing environment creating unexpected situations and requiring quick and appropriate responses based on the conditions. IT is at the crossroad due to the exponential growth of information and disruptive nature of digital technologies. It is the time to reimagine IT via inspiring critical and creative thinking and spurring healthy debating.
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.

12 CIO Personas: Compared to other CxO positions, the CIO role is considerably new with about three decades of history. But the contemporary CIO is one of the most sophisticated leadership positions in modern businesses. Due to disruptive nature of technologies and exponential growth of information, IT leadership has to be continually reimagined, refined, refreshed and re-energized. CIOs are no longer just glorified geeks, but business savvy strategists and transformative digital leaders. Great CIOs have multiple personas, varying personalities, and impressive leadership profiles. The personas can be seen as the “public relations” part of digital CIOs that allow them to interact socially in a variety of situations with relative ease. Contemporary CIOs are expected to wear many hats to practice situational leadership effectively.

The book “12 CIO Personas: The Digital CIO’s Situational Leadership Practices” is the extensive brainstorming and logical content expansion of the book “CIO Master: Unleash the Digital Potential of IT,” to reimagine and reinvent CIO leadership via practicing multitudes of digital influence.

  • Chief Information Officer: Back to basic, CIOs are “Chief Information Officers,” who take charge of one of the most invaluable business assets - information.
  • Chief Innovation Officer: Ideally, CIOs are “Chief Innovation Officers” who are expected to constantly propose new ideas and challenge the status quo.
  • Chief Insight Officer: Go deeper, CIOs are “Chief Insight Officers,” who can provide information-based insightful advice for business executive peers and lead profoundly.
  • Chief Improvement Officer: In practice, CIOs are “Chief Improvement Officers” who lead IT to continue optimizing business capability and improving organizational maturity.
  • Chief Instrument Officer: Technology is the linchpin of the emergent digital ecosystem, and CIOs play an instrumental role in chartering digital paradigm shift seamlessly.
  • Chief Interpretation Officer: CIOs are fluent in both business language and IT terminology to ensure cross-functional communication without “lost in translation.”
  • Chief Inspection Officer: CIOs should do periodic IT management quality checks to ensure its effectiveness, efficiency, performance, and maturity.
  • Chief Interaction Officer: CIOs need to be far more diplomatic and build solid business relationships across the digital ecosystem.
  • Chief Intrapreneur Officer: CIOs are able to run IT as a software startup and the business in the business.
  • Chief Investment Officer: IT investment in the business can often become the decisive factor to run a high-performance organization with the long-term perspective.
  • Chief Integration Officer: CIOs need to reinvent IT as the linchpin to bridge IT-business gaps and strengthen the weakest links to catalyze digital transformation.
  • Chief Influence Officer: Digital CIOs today must develop their leadership competency to make multidimensional influence across the organization and the digital ecosystem.
The role of the CIO should be able to envision not only where a company believes it is going, but how it will get there, and how it might be missing out on opportunities because of limitations on understanding. More specifically, the understanding of what technology can help companies achieve.

The “Digital Master” Book Series Summary
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