Monday, September 3, 2018

The Monthly “Digital Maturity” Book Tuning: Five “Self-Driven” Business Activities to Improve Digital Maturity Sep. 2018

Digital makes a significant impact on every aspect of the business from people, process to technology, both horizontally and vertically. Digital becomes the very fabric of high performing business, being outside-in and customer-centric is the new mantra for forward-looking and high mature digital organizations today. 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. Digital leaders must realize that you cannot wait until there is an immediate pressing task, Self-driven activities and continuous adaptability are necessary in an ever-changing world, in order to run a future-driven digital organization.

Five “Self-Driven” Business Activities to Improve Digital Maturity

Building a Self-adaptive Digital Organization Digital means flow; digital organizations have to adapt to the continuous changes and business dynamic in striving to be the digital master. Within system engineering, self-adaptive concepts are applied in order to control system risks that evolve due to dynamics and variation. The self-adaptive system is a system able to re-configure its own structure and change its own behavior during the execution of its adaptation to environmental changes?

The Self-Renewal Digital Organization? Digital transformation is rarely a straight line. It is all about interaction, incrementalism, and innovation. The journey is far more important than the destination. Digital organizations have to adapt to the continuous changes and are able to reconfigure the organizational structure and change their own behaviors for its adaptation to environmental changes and business dynamic. They are like the living systems that can self-renew in thriving as high-performance businesses.

Self vs. Creativity? True creativity has an inner origin and “self” driven. It keeps surfacing from within and keeps expressing and flowing. It simply a thought process to generate novel ideas. The interaction between what is within us (the Self), and how we project to the exterior world is the bridge to spark creativity and achieve the wholeness. The constant negotiation between our essence and our projection is what leads to growth, innovativeness, and human evolution.

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.

How to Apply Maslow’s Hierarchy to IT management? Abraham Harold Maslow was an American psychologist, who stated that people are motivated to achieve certain needs and that some needs take precedence over others. Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is a motivational theory in psychology comprising different tiers of human needs, at the bottom is the basic "surviving" needs to the middle tier for" belonging" to the top tier of "self-actualization." In fact, it is an invaluable theory not only for understanding and managing people with empathy but also for providing the insight to the multitude of modern management discipline. Nowadays, organizations rely more and more on technologies, IT organizations have more and more to offer, it also has a lot of obstacles to overcome for achieving the high level of business maturity. So, CIOs as “Chief Improvement Officer”: How to apply Maslow’s hierarchy in IT management?

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