Friday, December 18, 2020

Paradoxical Logic

Logic and creativity seem to be the opposite; in fact, it’s not unless you misunderstand logic with conventional wisdom.

Due to the occurrence of increased economic integration, information permeation, technology underpinnings, the black and white boundaries continue to diminish in the 21st century. It’s important to deal with the nonlinear, multi-logical situation in today's digital dynamic, and understand the logic behind business scenes. Business logic today is often nonlinear or even paradoxical characterized by the movement of information, people, and businesses with the mixed structures, hyper diversity, volatility, unpredictability, and increased flux. Business management today needs to be interdisciplinary, informative, and innovative. 

Leverage paradoxical logic to complex problem-solving: Running a business is fundamentally about how to apply logic to solve problems, implement ideas, and guild teams to make things happen timely. The science of problem-solving is that there is the logic behind any problem. The more complex the problem is, the more important to apply paradoxical logic to come up with a holistic solution. In fact, the world becomes more paradoxical, balance is a leverage for the problem-solving and in-depth understanding of economic and social systems. Leverage paradoxical logic with the right mix of analytics and intuition, and group contribution. The nonlinear business decision and problem-solving logic involves both internal factors, such as decision situation, context, relevant knowledge, resource, etc, and external factors such as technical factors, political and legal conditions, competition and consumer demands, etc. Sometimes things go smoothly, other times not so much. Without the inner balance of energies, one cannot achieve a perfect balance of emotions and logic in smooth problem solving.

Sometimes people have a tendency to look for the information that confirms the decision they already want to make and disregard what speaks against it. Other times, people make decisions based on their gut feeling only. Paradoxical logic enables us balance out the biases from which the poor decisions are made. Leverage advanced analysis tools to do a comparative assessment of many decision criteria - both quantitative and subjective, concurrent across many options, initiatives or programs etc. Select the best option - avoid vagueness or indecisiveness. Consider and compare the advantages and disadvantages of all options.

Paradoxical logic helps to deal with gray areas thoughtfully because there are serious philosophical differences regarding what proof consists of: Even logic, our strongest language, itself is fundamentally paradoxical. The paradox is the result of two opposing truths existing side by side, which can be both right. Logic enables us to uncover patterns and understand the interconnectivity underneath the surface, or unpuzzle the myth behind intelligence. The paradoxical logic helps us understand the interdependent components, provide insight into the emergent properties, and gain an accurate understanding of the overall situation.

The human brain can be a magnificent synthesizer of disparate pieces of nebulous information. The paradoxical logic can be manifested via healthy debates or arguments. The good intention to make an argument is about evoking paradoxical thinking, understanding the other point of view and learning something from it. There is a gray area in between, the key is balance. You don’t need to agree completely with the other side of viewpoint, but you can always gain empathy, insight, and new perspective to see things from the other angle, and have an open mind for gaining updated information. The logic is acquired through a learning process involving discourse within the context of an organization's culture for accelerating business performance, and improving organizational maturity.

Interdisciplinarity and paradox are the rare and precious dots to spark innovation: Often creative outcomes come from recombining ideas in different ways to create the fresh ideas or the new ways to solve the old problems. The logic is the high level mental capacity for twisting and reconnecting dots to turn the spark into an expressible idea, and achieve its value. Thinking outside the box suggests to throw conventional wisdom and pure linear logic out the window for a while, apply paradoxical logic and let the creative energy flow. Logic and creativity seem to be the opposite; in fact, it’s not unless you misunderstand logic with conventional wisdom. Through the creativity lens, paradoxical logic stimulates creative intelligence. Top business executives need to apply an interdisciplinary management approach with paradoxical logic to improve autonomy, catalyze innovation, and advocate macro-management.

If you are pulling the reins too tight, keeping “we always do things like that” mentality, setting too rigid processes, or undermining managers or staff to micro run or make a decision without collective input, you probably fall into the micro-management trap. The innovative companies continuously invest in their team’s skills (technical, professional, and leadership) and balance control and autonomy. Because each organization or team is different, so innovation processes cannot be fully preplanned. The right level of guidance and process is important, but overly rigid processes or too ‘pushy’ goals will stifle innovation. Innovation management is interdisciplinary and innovation processes could be very loose on purpose; what’s very rigorous and systematic is the analysis of business issues, opportunities, or marketing dilemmas, etc. The limited hierarchy works best in a creative environment where the free flow of ideas and their prompt implementation is a key element of success. a hybrid structure and system provides the shell within which individuals can collaborate to create ideas and manage innovation with transparency.

Some argue that every advance in science is about dealing with paradoxes. 'There is always a well-known solution to every human problem-neat, plausible, and wrong. Digital leaders and professionals should embrace the opposite sides and take the multidimensional lenses to perceive the multi-facet world via interdisciplinary inference or reasoning, navigate levels of abstraction or logic as an essential thinking skill, to see the interconnected relationship between the parts and the whole, see things underneath and around the corner, be sensitive to the emergent factors, and take the balanced view of digital flow.


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