Monday, February 4, 2019

The Monthly Foresight: Look Back, Current, and Future in Shaping Digital Business Feb. 2019

Vision is the ability to see beyond what is to what could be. It is the synthetic view of ‘looking forward,” and “looking behind,” “looking beyond,” and “looking around.” 

The effects of an increasingly digitalized world are now reaching into every corner of businesses and every aspect of organizations. Digital is the age of creativity and innovation, creativity is the most wanted trait for digital leaders and professionals today, and innovation is the light every organization is pursuing. Which themes shall you set to advocate digital transformation? How to lead to the digital future effortlessly?

Look Back, Current, and Future in Shaping Digital Business

Shaping Digital Business by Looking Back, Current, and Future As changes are expedited for both individual and business, neither business nor life is linear these days. The life cycle of business today grows shorter and shorter because of continuous digital disruptions and fierce competitions. It takes truly strategic thinking and foresight to run a high-performance digital business by learning the lessons from the past, achieving operational excellence today, making long term planning and building differentiated competency for the future.

Look Back and Look Forward to Leading Digital Transformation Confidently: Organizational change and digital transformation are inevitable. As the matter of fact, the life cycle of business today grows shorter and shorter because of the increasing pace of changes, overwhelming growth of information, and demanding of shareholders. The business transformation journey is full of velocity and uncertainty, thus, a clear vision is in demand. Vision is the ability to see beyond what is to what could be. It is the synthetic view of ‘looking forward,” and “looking behind,” “looking beyond,” and “looking around.” But more specifically, how can digital leaders today look back and look forward to leading digital transformation?

The Contemplation about the Past, Present, and Future? Time is continually moving forward. How much time separates, "the future," from, "the present," (if any) and what do we mean today when we talk about, "the future." Are we marking the passage of time? And what does the current thinking about the relationship between the past, present, and future, say about us as an individual, a business or a society? What are those interesting and insightful quotes in manifesting the past, the present and the future?

Three Views to Keep Board Directors Evolving in Exponential Digital AgeThe corporate board as one of the top leadership pillars plays a crucial role in overseeing strategies and leading changes and digitalization. Adopting a different paradigm is like changing the glasses and new possibilities continue to emerge. Those who look through the lens of the previous industrial era see their own reality very differently from those who leverage the lens that the new era has crafted. Thus, the board directors need to learn and master the multitude of digital views of the business and understand the exponential digital age profoundly.

How to Learn from Feedback and Move toward the Future As Einstein wisely said, "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results." We can live in a split second, or we can extend our presence to include the instance of our previous experience and also the opportunity of our future action. This is a different perspective on feedback because we effectively connect our past learning to our future operation.

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Digital technologies really penetrate into human life more and more and in all spheres. I remember, as a child he loved to solve puzzles and in print magazines. And now they are all on the Internet. Now I can play Sudoku, baccarat and other games without leaving my laptop and I like it very much. Especially the fact that the design of sites with games is much nicer than the old newspaper and very easy to use.

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