Friday, November 9, 2018

The Monthly Keyword Summary: "Nonlinearity" as the Digital Characteristic 2018

From one generation to the next, the substance of leadership does not change, it’s about future, change, and influence. However, digital the leadership trends will continue to emerge. Here is a set of featured blogs to dig into the “keywords” of the 21st century to brainstorming the future of digital leadership.

Nonlinearity as the Digital Characteristic  

Non Linearity as the Characteristic of Digital Ecosystem The digital world is a holistic ecosystem with all different perspectives physically, chemically, biologically, ecologically, linguistically, technologically evolving nature, in that sequence. Digital is fluid, digital is also complex. It becomes complex if things do interact, particularly in the case of "non-linear" interaction, you can't separate things properly or you cannot predict the actual effect of interaction straightforwardly. In fact, nonlinearity is one of the very characteristics of digital business ecosystems.

Linear Thinking vs non-Linear Thinking The digital business and the world has become over-complex and hyperconnected, some thought linear thinking is a type of logical thinking and nonlinear thinking is an out-of-the-box thinking. But dig deeper, nonlinear thinking is an emerging type of systems thinking to understand such complexity and craft a good strategy. Linear thinking vs. Non-linear thinking, what are they about, and how to differentiate them?

Five Characteristics of System Principles
Either business or the natural world is a complex and hyper-connected system. The systems view looks at the world in terms of relationships and integration. Systems are integrated wholes whose properties cannot be reduced to those of smaller units. The general systems principle Von Bertalanffy (A system thinking pioneer) introduced in his book: “General System Theory” (1968) refers to the concept of a scientific object that is restricted to acquiring resources to specific actions (some objective or value). Due to the "VUCA" nature of the digital world, system thinking has emerged as a popular digital thinking process to deal with today’s challenges. But what are the characteristics of underlying system principles? and how to apply them for problem-solving?

The Gaps between Linear Thinking and Nonlinear Thinking The digital business and the world has become over-complex and hyper-connected; in the industrial setting, business management often practices linear thinking with a set of linear skills; it perhaps works in the considerably static and silo business environment. However, digital means the increasing speed of changes and the high degree of uncertainty, hyperconnectivity and fierce competition. The nature of digital is nonlinear and dynamic, How to close the gap between linear vs. nonlinear thinking in order to drive a smooth transformation?

Gaining Insightful Understanding of Digital Characteristics: The digital organization is a complex ecosystem with the blurring line between functions, organizations, and geographic locations. The forward-looking view of the organization is to determine what the future needs to look like, what the digitalization must look like, and how digital leaders can navigate digital new normal and thrive in the exponential digital era. How insightful digital leaders understand the digital characteristics and how skillful digital leaders swim in the rough sea of information will decide their leadership effectiveness and maturity.

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