Sunday, February 18, 2018

To Celebrate the 4500th Blog Posting: The Thoughts and Quotes of the “Future of CIO” Blog (Part I)

Blogging is 5% of inspiration +creativity with 95% of dedication + perseverance.

Blogging is to pursue the digital communication way for envisioning, brainstorming, sharing, and debating. It’s the journey to make the continuous leadership influence and connect the dots for spurring creativity and advocating digital innovation. It’s the time to celebrate the #4500th blog posting of the “Future of CIO with all those alphabetic thoughts and quotes. Slideshare Presentation

A - Authenticity

A digital professional who is comfortable to be different can release more positive energy to influence the surroundings, dare to ask tough questions, and challenge conventional settings.

Now the new digital paradigm that is emerging is one of a living organization, one that is organic, alive, energetic, fluid, connected and holistic. Every staff is also like a living “cell,” can continue to discover and grow, creative and influential. Are you comfortable to be different? A digital professional who is comfortable to be different can release more positive energy to influence the surroundings, dare to ask tough questions, and challenge conventional settings. Thus, self-awareness is important for the recognition of one’s strength and weakness, cognition ability, and style, intellectual engagement, creative problem-solving capabilities, personalities, innovativeness, plasticity, pattern discovery, dots connection, adaptation, emotional intelligence.

B- Balance

Like running up to the string, keeping digital balance is critical in reaching the digital high.

The majority of us will work in an organization that is somewhere between old and new; at both industrial speed and digital speed; in the physical building and remote environment; or will remain to be a mixture of old and new. It is the biggest management challenge to be a change agent, where we respond to the current state of the organization and we try to take it from there to a next level. Most of the people, including leaders, often find themselves playing it safe and spending too much time trying to weigh risks and outcomes. Therefore, the capability of balance can differentiate a digital leader from a follower; a change agent from a laggard; an innovator from a mediocre. The digital professionals with balance can bring agility and flexibility across the spectrum of digital dynamic and digital paradox.

C - Creativity

True creativity has an inner origin. It keeps surfacing from within and keeps expressing.

Creativity is a function of imagination, multidimensional thinking, knowledge, psychology, activities, and motivation. Creativity has become a very highly valued skill, and many think it is the #1 most wanted professional capability in the digital era. We all have unlimited creative potential and intrinsic ability to think outside of the box, but we need to learn how to unlock it. An innovator has an obligation to "be a natural creative thinker," to be open, to share and question, to challenge existing concepts, and to bring the new perspective, the fresh idea or the unique insight.

D- Digitalization:

Reimaging 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.

Digital transformation is an evolutionary journey. A comprehensive digitalization roadmap with a clear vision and a few impressive highlights helps the business navigate through uncharted water and blurred digital territories steadfastly. Digital leaders are visible, proactive, and innovative, they are able to communicate, stay focus, be both strategic and tactical, understand how to overcome roadblocks, close blind spots, and make the digital journey both meaningful and delightful.

E- Excellence

Execution excellence is difficult to achieve because it is both art and science, hard and soft; decisions and actions, qualities and habits.

The multidimensional digital effects provide impressive advantages in term of the speed of delivery, the quality of information for decision making, the responsiveness of the business, and the excellence of resource alignment. The challenge is that the environment changes so fast nowadays that your strategy must be very flexible. Therefore, you need to have a strategy before execution, but it must be an agile strategy, Making this change requires a more fundamental and effective approach. It starts with creating a working environment that requires the change to take place, Execution is difficult, also because all the key ingredients in it have mixed flavors. The key aspects of successful strategy execution are comprised of leadership, culture, and performance management systems/rewards, they all well mix the art and science of management disciplines.

F - Flexibility:

Flexibility is to embrace the different PoVs and alternative way to do things.

One of the biggest challenges in this complex digital world is the fact that we need different perspectives, different knowledge and different ways to solve a problem. Sometimes there is no "one" answer: there are some or many. That is why what is first of all needed is to think as a team via embracing the collective wisdom. They do not focus on hierarchy but on ideas, information, creativity, flexibility, openness, and curiosity. Together, these flexible teams, with extensive experience, are resolute, responsive, flexible, able to speed up the decision-making process and new way to do things.

G - Gap-minding

Today’s digital organizations simply just can’t stand still. Bridging the 'gap of opportunity' between where you are and want to become is a welcomed challenge.

Digitalization implies the full-scale changes in the way business is conducted so that simply adopting a new digital technology is insufficient. The very characteristics of digitalization are hyper-connectivity, hyper-complexity, and interdependence; with the exponential growth of information and fast-paced of changes. The traditional management practices are often just not fit enough for speeding up and toning the business capability to respond to the opportunities and risks, due to the multiple gaps existing between functions and underlying processes; the management styles and the outdated “best practices,” they apply. You have to transform the company's underlying functions and organization as a whole with adjusted digital speed. Otherwise, companies may begin a decline from its previous good performance.

H- Hybrid

The organization with the hybrid nature is alive, holistic, vibrant, energetic, responsive, fluid, innovative and resilient.

We live in the digital world with all sorts of hybrid solutions. Organizations today are not limited to the physical buildings, but well mixed with virtual collaborations. Look at all the elements, including the human element, as an integrated system and functions as organic living cells. The emergent organizational models will integrate with social process models with both structured and unstructured social processes. The latest enterprise digital computing technologies enable seamless virtual platforms, enhance physical organization structures, empower workforce brainstorming via sharing the thoughts and ideas, engage customers and partners to voice concerns and feedback, and encourage the broader conversation and interaction within its business ecosystem and social value chain which include systems, processes, policies, culture, work climates, customers, an integration of across global business, social and political systems.

I - Insight

Insight is a perception beyond the thought, a multi-dimensional cognizance, and it’s the experience to explore oneself, surrounds and beyond.

Insight is perception through multi-dimensional cognizance. If knowledge is manpower, wisdom is nature power, then insight is perhaps the bridge between manpower and nature power. There are multilayer meanings upon insight. Knowledge is often in the box; insight is thinking into the box after thinking out of the box. Insight takes both creativity and reasoning, intuition and logic, the power of acute observation and deduction, questioning, connection, penetration, discernment, perception called intellection or noesis. Knowledge is gained via learning; insight is the vision through ‘mind's eyes. knowledge is gained via learning process, but insight is the integration of learning and thinking scenario. Hence, knowledge can be taught, but insight is a unique perception which needs to be gained by each individual.

J - Justification
 A business justification provides the description and reason for starting initiatives.

A business justification provides the description and reason for starting initiatives such as- What are the key drivers behind the project? What problem or event is driving the need for the project? What immediacy does the problem or event have and why does it need to be addressed now? Can the impact of the problems be measured and quantified? Etc. Overall value, therefore, has to be judged at the enterprise level considering the overall satisfaction over each combination of cost, schedule, performance, and customer satisfaction. The challenge is to ask the right questions and fitting together different components and mapping the business requirement systematically

K - Knowledge Management

A well-designed and relatively simplified information/knowledge solutions bound to unlock the enterprise knowledge, to turn a downward spiral into an upward spiral.

Knowledge by itself is nothing if you do not understand how to apply it and make it useful. As we all know knowledge is power, information and knowledge management is rather like climbing a mountain, gaining new and wider views, discovering unusual dots and build unexpected connections between our starting points and its rich environment, the digital ecosystem, to spark innovation, broaden varying perspectives, advocate the scientific methodology, and advance the knowledge-based economy. Digital knowledge management will not only enable information flow and knowledge flow, but more importantly, it will empower the mind flow, and transform the modern business from static to dynamic, from short-term driven to long-term focus; from inside out operation oriented to outside-in people-centric.

L- Logic

"Business logic" is a blanket term that covers several very different types of stuff -- at a minimum, algorithms, business rules, workflows, and integration logic.

Business logic comprises business rules that express business policy (such as channels, location, logistics, prices, and products); and workflows that are the ordered tasks of passing documents or data from one participant (a person or a software system) to another. Logic is a thinking process where a result is derived from a thought. The most important capability of cognitive mind is the willingness and ability to seek out knowledge, gain in-depth understanding, and address our ignorance and the assumptions we make to minimize it. Misunderstanding is the big cause of many human problems.

M - Maturity

Maturity is about ripeness, thoughtfulness, quality, balance, and wisdom.

Professional maturity means you are fully developed in some way to fulfilling a role or function. Maturity is a state we want to reach, a behavior, as in a sense of action. Maturity is the combination of capability and potentiality. It is the ability of an individual to gauge or measure the capability or potentiality of a candidate for responding to a particular query - action- behavior- delivery of any thought processes, based on the level of response received at to receiver's end. Maturity is the clarity of thoughts along with self-control which helps in choosing the most appropriate reaction (or inaction: deciding not to react) to any given situation. Maturity is the ability to wait, think, and respond to a situation without responding with a knee-jerk reaction. It’s the ability to weigh in the impact of what we are planning to do and who will be impacted because of the intended action. Maturity is the balance between courage and consideration.


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