Friday, September 23, 2022


 Always think of a new way to do things, and get really creative on how they orchestrate and implement transformative changes, and advance human society.

The digital era upon us is volatile, complex, uncertain, and ambiguous, the fact is that the world now becomes over-complex, hyperconnected, and interdependent than ever. Innovation is the unique business competency that helps the organizations stand out from competitions and build long term business advantage. 

Nowadays organizations have to transform from siloed functions, the sum of pieces into a connected whole, understand hidden business logic via unusual angles, delight customers by producing unusual, personalized solutions, and build high- innovative business via enforcing hyperconnectivity, interdependence, and people-centricity.

Innovators have an unusual cognitive ability to connect dots and see things differently
: Insightful leaders and professionals with strong cognitive abilities can capture the big picture, see how things can be either connected or disconnected to create completely new forms, systems, and ideas. They can practice diverse thinking processes, connect unusual dots, understand patterns, discover the difference between seemingly similar things, and then converge them into new knowledge and fresh insight.

Insightful thinkers with strong cognitive abilities can keep generating thoughts, thoughts wrapping around thoughts to shape fresh ideas big and small; they can navigate the business context smoothly, derive the value for the betterment of the organization as a whole in the long run to make a difference. It’s always critical to encourage free thinking, have the right dose of creative tension and unusual “dot-connecting capabilities” to discover patterns, develop information-based decision intelligence, discover more hotspots of innovation, unify the best of the best, and build the culture of creativity.

Innovative organizations have unusual abilities to sort through and refine information for harnessing cross-boundary knowledge-transfer innovation:
Think of the large volumes of information captured in the varying areas of the enterprise; think of information and knowledge flowing to the right people to make right decisions timely, etc. Knowledge has a broader scope and deep impact on long term business success. The Knowledge management mechanism needs to be well embedded into critical key business processes to connect unusual dots, improve business consciousness, motivate people to learn, share, improve corporate learning agility, and organizational workforce intelligence.

Information management is tied to the advancement in technologies and how quality information is used to create business value. Knowledge broadens varying perspectives, informs people as to what choices are available. Part of taking knowledge seriously as a corporate asset involves assigning responsibility for knowledge within the organization, both maintaining and improving knowledge flow, connecting unusual dots for improving business intelligence. Real-time Knowledge Management involves the use of talent, efficient technologies and optimized processes of knowledge capturing, developing, sharing, transferring, for harnessing innovation, with the aim of creating multifaceted business value.

Innovative leaders and professionals like to explore “unusual” problem-solving: Running business is about solving problems either strategically or tactically
. The digital era is about people, choices, innovation. How to provide those “unusual options” and how to help people make better choices? Creative problem solving is about trying something “unusual”- the thing that has never been done before. for solving either existing problems or emerging problems to overcome common challenges. Connections can be spelled out. Analogies can be noted. The abundance of information and emerging technologies provide the opportunity to re-imagine the new possibilities. When an unusual thing strikes, almost all join together to deal with it as the purpose is clearly understood and accepted to solve problems innovatively.

In practice, the beauty of pursuing “unusual options” is about envisioning and enabling, providing customers with choice, and delighting them with personalized products or services. Conceptually, creativity to some extent is the nature of seeing the hidden patterns and then, being able to predict how they change, and sometimes manipulate them in a direction that fits needs to solve particular problems innovatively. Business professionals need to connect wider dots by leveraging cross disciplinary knowledge, expertise, experiences in finding an alternative solution to the problem and improve customer satisfaction.

We live in a world with a variety of cultures and dynamic changes. Business leaders need to understand what the implications of hyper-connectivity mean to them, to their organization and society. They have to understand the external changing connected eco-environment, see unusual patterns for exploring growth opportunities, think of a new way to do things, and get really creative on how they orchestrate and implement transformative changes, and advance human society.


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