Thursday, August 9, 2018

The Weekly Insight of the “Future of CIO” 8/9/2018

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The “Future of CIO” Blog has reached 2.5 million page views with 4800+ 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 of digital leadership, IT Management, and Talent Management.

Three Attributes of Change Agent Digital is all about change with increasing speed. Change Management is about mentoring the human side of the business through the profound and unsettling change. Therefore, change agents are critical, as they have been an invaluable source of courage, knowledge, business direction/insight, and company brand advocates. Here are three attributes of the change agent.

The Monthly “Digitizing Boardroom” Book Tuning: How to Keep the Boardroom Fresh Aug. 2018 Modern corporate boards play significant roles in guiding businesses toward the right direction and achieve expected business results. Due to the “VUCA” characteristics -Complexity, Uncertainty, Ambiguity, and Velocity of the Digital Era, the directorship in any organization must have the agility to adapt to changes and build abilities to advise, inspire and motivate a group of people toward accomplishing shared visions and goals. Here is a set of Digital Board director’s personas.

Creating Paradigm Shift for Reinventing IT Embracing digital is inevitable as that is now part of the business venture. Walking the digital talks is a broader and longer journey with many leaps and jumps, bumps and curves. IT is the threshold of going digital, CIOs will continue to be put on the front line to run IT as a change agent. They need to really understand the vision and strategy of the business and synchronize with those strategic goals, create the paradigm shift for reinventing IT as the change agent and innovation engine of the business.

The Digital CIO’s Self-Reflection to Thrive as the Great Leader? Change is the new normal with rapid pace, information is growing overwhelmingly, and complexity has increased exponentially. IT plays a critical role in leading change, driving innovation, and running a high-performance digital business today. The digital CIO is not a static management position, but a dynamic leadership role. The success of IT leadership has to do with the definitions or scope of the role that the CIO is playing. Digital CIOs should make an objective assessment of their work, and do some self-reflection on who they are as the leader and how they can lead IT organization forward successfully for the long run.

Taking a Structural Approach to Explore the Rising Digital Horizon
In the world where change is significantly speeding up, digital disruption is frequent and unstructured, business leaders couldn’t predict the future with a certain degree of accuracy. Organizations just have to get used to the new normal and learn how to deal with them proactively. To stay competitive, companies must go beyond experimenting with digital and commit to taking a systematic approach to explore the emerging digital horizon and unlock the full digital potential.

Is Digital CIO the System Thinker Who can Understand Pattern Language The digital organization is the system. System = Pattern. The systematic view of Information Technology helps the management understand IT as a living system with a set of interdisciplinary practices for moving the business to a dynamic, iterative, integral and interactive digital flow. Thus, digital CIOs need to be the systems thinkers who can recognize pattern languages, understand the art and science of IT, practice engineer discipline and add more enriched digital context for the paradigm shift.

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