Monday, January 25, 2021

Book “100 Digital Rules: Setting Guidelines to Explore Digital New Normal “ Insight: Inclusion

A well-defined set of digital rules are not for limiting innovation, but for setting the frame of relevance and guide through changes and digital transformation.

The purpose of “100 Digital Rules: Setting Guidelines to Explore Digital New Normal is to establish digital principles and update business policies that can be applied holistically and guide the digital transformation systematically. 

Digital rules are based on a set of fundamental beliefs behind the methodologies and they help to shape mindsets behind behaviors. Digital rules encourage mindfulness, authenticity, creativity, inclusiveness, and discourage static thinking, silo, and bureaucracy, and help to accelerate collective human progress.


Innovation vs. Inclusiveness
Creativity is innate with many special ingredients; creativity can be developed if the conditions are right and there is inspiration, inclusiveness, encouragement, and abundance of knowledge. Innovation is then the management discipline to transform those novel ideas and achieve their business value. Many think there is no innovation without inclusiveness. The most advanced societies are diverse mixtures of peoples that can spark creativity and amplify innovation effects. So, how to involve people with different talents in creative thinking and actions? And how can you help to improve the harvest of the creative seed and accelerate the advancement of the society?

Inclusion-as-a-Strategy Inclusion starts with a thought process, a mind, besides the conventional understanding of diversity -gender, race, age, etc., inclusiveness nowadays is more about how to embrace the cognitive difference, the color of character, or diversity of viewpoints. It needs to become the key ingredient of corporate culture; Further, it should be viewed as a company-wide strategy. But how to implement it?

More and more forward-thinking global organizations have established a "diversity and inclusion" initiative. However, inclusiveness is a mindset and a habit, it can not be shaped by the overnight, either as a one-time project or a "check-in-box" compliance tool. More objectively, would you label such diversity initiatives a "delight" or just a “makeup”? And how to build a truly delightful digital workforce?

Inclusion In many traditional multinational organizations, there is often a diversity agenda with good intention to make equal opportunities. However, sometimes it leads to further divides. The prefix ‘div’ seems to have a negative connotation associated with the words such as division, divide, divergent. By focusing only on what makes people different or even using a certain set of “diversity” vocabulary, you actually gear their mind to think about differences first, and even build the walls in people’s minds to deepen the gaps. Inclusiveness is the "digital fit" mentality: the prefix ‘in’ has the positive connotation associated with the words such as information, intention, or intelligence. To lead more effectively, empathetically, and wisely, can you be an inclusive leader without talking about diversity? And then what should you talk about to build an inclusive culture and reach the next level of organizational maturity?

Inclusiveness? Contemporary organizations are diversified with a multigenerational, multicultural workforce using multidevice to do multitasking. Competitive advantage can be created by bringing together diverse groups of people whose mindsets, experiences, preferences, skills, and capabilities are additive to one another. We are stronger through diversity, it allows us to explore options that one individual or a homogeneous group might not have uncovered; we are idea-rich and vision clear through inclusiveness. Diversity is the engine for creativity and a facilitator for merging building blocks of new ideas, fresh insights, and ultimate wisdom. But how to embrace the diversity of thoughts and achieve such competitive advantages of inclusiveness?

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