Friday, September 27, 2019

Three Aspects of Shaping a “Self-Driving” Digital Organization

Digital organizations have to adapt to the continuous changes via self-adaptability, self-renewal, and maintaining the digital balance.

Digital organizations are like living systems keep evolving. Living systems are self-organizing, self-organization allows you to adapt to current circumstances and emerge the next most useful evolutionary change to get where you think you need to go next. Therefore, organizations today need to keep improving how the enterprise works and interacts with its ecosystem in order to shape a self-driving organization for unlocking business performance and improving organizational maturity.

Be self- conscious of the organizational strength and weakness: Gaining the business consciousness is not so easy because the real-world development is multifaceted. The enterprise consists of an amalgam of socio-systems, techno-systems, bio-systems, and econo-systems. Digital means abundant information. Either individually or the business as a complex adaptive system, the information-based “incremental consciousness” helps us understand the way we see ourselves, our role into a team or a company, how things have come together, be built, as well as why the improvement is needed. Being self-conscious is easier to say than do. Especially when you have been in a position for a long period of time and get stuck in the “comfort zone,” you are afraid to know the “actual state,” it’s so hard to look inward and make an objective assessment. But be self-conscious is the first step in  making trans formative change. The business leaders and professionals can gain digital consciousness by applying multidimensional thinking to understand business context and leverage “SWOT” analysis, to make sound judgment of their strengths and weaknesses, remove any bias or tunnel vision from internal staff members, identify what is right and wrong in their environment and how they can keep optimizing processes and improving management discipline.

Self-organize around core digital principles, shared purposes and strategic goals: Digital encourages discovery, autonomy and mastering. That means the guiding principles, in fact, become more crucial to be defined as core decision criteria and behavior guideline to practice multifaceted digital management discipline. Digital guiding principles as statements of belief that reflect the values, culture and real-world concerns of the organization, should cover people, process, performance, and quality from a holistic business management perspective. The principle is like the light to guide you through. When organizations can self-organize around core digital principle either for decision-making or problem-solving, the business life cycle could be viewed as resulting in emergent means of self-driving, self-adjusting, and self-renewing by focusing on solving top prioritized issues, balancing resources, and directing people to understand the whole, in terms of its inner processes, its interactions with external systems, its components, and the specific interaction among them, etc, to ultimately achieve the seamless digital flow.

Self-adaptive via rich information and collective learning experience: Self-adaptation is a phenomenon strictly linked to see learning or knowledge increases if shared and consumed. It is the capability to adapt to the change and make "conscious" business choices seamlessly. Digital organization is a self-regulating and self-adaptive system which is able to reconfigure its own structure and change its own behavior based on rich information and collective learning experience for responding to environmental changes proactively. It is possible to see what enables a self-adaptive organism is an information-driven process feeding and sustaining it. Either an individual or the organization as a system reacts to environmental changes with behaviors that are strictly linked to the information they have and with the way others (people or organizations) collaborate with them. Self-adaptation is faster if made with the full involvement of people in organizational changes. People are able to adapt themselves and their organization through a collaborative and peer to peer approach.

Digital organizations have to adapt to the continuous changes via self-adaptability, self-renewal, and maintaining the digital balance. Self-management encourages continuous improvement which means continuing to discover that there is always a better way, catalyzes enterprise-wide transformation via self-aware leadership, self-adaptive systems, self-disciplined and self-motivated people. High level of autonomy is the symbol of digital maturity.


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