Friday, September 30, 2022


We are experiencing the paradigm shift in the global society, from division to integration; silo-based command & control to information-led mass collaboration.

Information is growing exponentially, the internet and collaborative platforms & tools flatten the world to a certain degree, harnessing information fluidity and cross functional communication. 

The business world we live in is heading the paradigm shift from silo to hyperconnectivity and interdependence; from inside-out process-driven to outside in people centricity. It is a strategic imperative for today’s leaders and professionals to embrace the broader view of global society, collaborate cross-disciplinarily, co-solve common problems innovatively and build an advanced global world harmoniously.

It’s important to generate a set of common values, clarify objective perceptions of crucial issues at the global scope, share holistic view of advancement in humanity : Compared to the industrial era with static information and overly restrictive boundaries in the last century, today’s global world is much more open, hyper-diverse and interdependent. There is abundant global knowledge, enriched cultural heritage, religious beliefs, etc. It requires us to be willing to listen to diverse viewpoints, broaden the perspective to fix misperceptions, develop a set of common values (such as inclusiveness, respect, trust, empathy, innovativeness, fairness, etc.), establish certain common standards, and share a holistic view of the global problem-solving and progression.

Global professionals today need to articulate a set of values that they can bring to the table, present the mindset, attitude, and behavior consistency in conveying those values. It’s strategic imperative to frame the new mind to see the ever-changing world via the multi-dimensional lenses; deepening understanding of how others think and value empathetically; gaining an in-depth understanding of your environment proactively. The new breed of global citizens today have a diversity of thoughts, characters, cognitive differences, skills, styles, etc. Global organizations give people the voices, tools and experiences of how to communicate across the world more effectively even if they have cognitive differences, subjective perception, language obstacles, etc, in order for them to work collaboratively and innovate relentlessly.

It’s strategic to develop compelling global business cases for making proposed investments with global context:
The purpose of developing global business cases is to clarify vision and strategy behind initiatives, solve some problems with global context cross disciplines such as innovation, education, sustainability, etc. Business initiative management with a global perspective does require not only interdisciplinary understanding to connect the dots and see what's possible, but also technical expertise to solve problems smoothly.

Strong universal business cases enable organizational leaders to streamline people and process management, gain competitive advantages and generate options for providing future business competencies to solve problems with large scopes, etc. From a business initiative portfolio point of view, the management needs to deal with cost/revenue/regulatory/risk issues cautiously. It should encourage doing better pre-work, defining key performance indicators and the "success criteria," enabling consideration of the range of options, rather than the traditional "jump to solution" problem-solving methodologies and practices.

A global society has a huge potential to become a highly innovative system in which all sorts of ingredients are integrated dynamically to achieve innovation fluency: A system is an organic thing that keeps evolving, with this side, that side, and interactions in between. An integral global system helps organizations recognize challenges, share global insight, understand boundaries, deal with constraints, frictions, bridge a variety of gaps seamlessly; lead radical change, orchestrate structural innovation in the global scope, and make a significant impact on societal evolution.

Our co-shared global world still has quite a lot of boundaries. In many traditional organizations with lower-level of maturity, the business is the sum of pieces, not running as a premium whole. Information technology can work on the system and across the systems; it is the glue to integrate key ingredients into differentiated business competency for solving problems holistically. Hence, today’s leaders and professionals need to connect interdisciplinary dots across the global scope, embrace the broader view of human society, spur & implement fresh ideas, scale up, and achieve innovation fluency.

We are experiencing the paradigm shift in the global society, from division to integration; silo-based command & control to information-led mass collaboration. The key elements that future leaders and professionals in all realms of the global perspectives should acquire to familiarize themselves with multifaceted effects of globalization. In the world-wide scope, cognitive intelligence, cultural empathy, talent mobility, risk tolerance, professional sophistication, intellectual influence, etc, are all unique themes in shaping the global workforce, solving common problems, and building an advanced global society.


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