Monday, September 26, 2022


 Global views and perspective is important in a globally distributed world with volatility, complexity, uncertainty, ambiguity.

The business world we live in is in the digital paradigm shift from information scarcity to knowledge abundance, from silo setting to hyperconnectivity; from “command & control” management style to cross-boundary communication & collaboration. 

The global working environment is diverse, dynamic, energetic, and innovative; it is a strategic imperative for today’s business leaders and professionals to become "insightful globalists," broaden the view of global society, connect interdisciplinary dots across the global scope to co-set a global innovation agenda, and amplify the collective potential of human society.

It’s important to have more antennae focused on the trends and what’s going on in the world on the navigation dimension: In a more volatile, uncertain, ambiguous and globally distributed world, being global is about crossing not just borders but also cultural divides between business, government, and social sectors. Companies don’t exist in silos but within systems, especially global ones. Thus business navigation capacity at the global scope enables the management to set the directional guide for exploring global ecosystem, make sure they understand patterns, signals, trends that are going to have an impact on their company’s ability to continue to thrive and grow.

Nowadays, innovation is complex; but it’s the powerful force to not only understand the diversity of the global world with knowledge abundance, but also unify the world for advancing humanity. Contextual navigation helps the business generate fresh ideas, enabling them to scale up innovation efforts across geographical boundaries. Leadership team with innovation navigation ability usually demonstrates conceptual diversity based on independent thinking, diversity of opinion, imagination and knowledge, decentralization, and aggregation, etc, to identify or generate fresh ideas and implement selected ones for benefiting global society.

It’ great to look into the shade and colors of the world we share together anthropologically, in the “magic kaleidoscope”:
Understanding the global organization or society as a kaleidoscope via an anthropological lens can help people shift their thinking to a variety of perspectives and enables them to deal with a variety of cross-cultural situations or problems thoroughly. Kaleidoscope views via an anthropological lens deepen people’s views of how relationships, ecosystems, market dynamics, and the interconnections between related business functions work, help them understand the varied social phenomenon, for truly looking into the shade and color of the world and shape the great vision of advanced human society.

Anthropologically, the dynamic view we look at from a global kaleidoscope consists in being able to break away from being static, becoming more proactive to changes; from process-driven to people-oriented. The anthropological perspective encourages people to experiment with different ways of doing the same things; take a people-centric approach, and it has greatly helped in developing tailored solutions to delight customers, explore global potential in a structural way.

It’s crucial to apply system philosophy to understanding the global dynamics, work toward some common purpose:
Philosophy helps us to explore some fundamental questions about human beings, such as who are where, where did we come from, where are we going, etc. Although it takes an interdisciplinary approach to truly understand the truth & myth, and deal with those concerns thoughtfully. Global professionals are more open-minded to new concepts and fresh ideas, understand issues from philosophical perspectives, and are not afraid to leverage contrarian views to shape a holistic picture. In fact, philosophy is the only science able to talk about the totality of human experience and refine collective wisdom in an abstract way.

The geographical, functional, industrial territories are blurred, global professionals today have to continue sharing their viewpoint about things or events happening in the surroundings, their perspective of future global society; their roles in making desired changes by working collaboratively. As the old saying goes: philosophy is the mother of all science. Insightful global leaders and professionals with different social and ethnic backgrounds can apply philosophical lenses to understand or dissolve problems because by abstraction, they seem to be able to reach the same conclusion even though they take different paths.

Global views and perspective is important in a globally distributed world with volatility, complexity, uncertainty, ambiguity. Global leaders should have a high degree of "learning agility" and profound understanding of the hyperconnected world in order to shape a clear vision, make sound judgment, enjoy creative tensions and constructive feedback, and lead people across functional, industrial and broad geographic boundaries forward step-wisely.


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