Saturday, March 18, 2023


Logic could be either scientific or philosophical. Logic is the hidden clue of human society.

In the dynamic business, there is hidden logic in business complexity, understanding context is often the first and the critical step in discovering the root cause of issues and handling them smoothly. 

It often requires people to get rid of linear logic, applying nonlinear thinking lenses to look beyond what might be the known facts to consider what’s not known, continue expanding thinking boxes and knowledge boundaries, shape creative perception, and reimagine what is possible.

In order to clarify interdisciplinary logic, take on a broad open perspective, see interdependence between different issues: Logic is an important clue to uncover patterns, help to distinguish between symptoms and root causes when evaluating activities that are relevant to complex issues on hand. As the boundary between hard & soft science is blurred, knowledge professionals today need to be more open to capture interdisciplinary understanding of complexity in order to come up with holistic solutions without causing further issues. Logically, the important steps to handle complexity effectively are: first, try to analyze what the impact of complexity is, what’s behind complexity; the second is to look for the impact on optimizing complex components for unlocking performance.

Cross-disciplinary knowledge and interdisciplinary logic are often important to deepen understanding of intrinsic-logic behind complexity, break down silos and be intentional about developing nonlinear processes that encourage cross-functional communication and collaboration. For solving large scale problems, discovering systematic logic underneath helps to predict emerging events, and come up with a solution to take care of a series of issues without causing too many new problems.

Logic is often nonlinear and multifaceted underneath the colorful world of views: When it comes to human beings and the global world we co-share, at a very macro level, there are distinct, yet complementing views about almost everything. It is hardly black and white, but with shades of gray. The abundant knowledge needs to be recategorized to meet personalized demands and refined into fresh insight, encouraging people to speak with logical evidence. How deep your understanding is based on the logic, lenses, philosophy, mindset, methodology you leverage to interpret things.

The emergence of potential opportunities for exploring growth, is likely to understand interdependence and follow a nonlinear pattern as the pervasiveness of the journey of change increases. There is content and contextual understanding; there is explicit and implicit logic. From a communication perspective, logic is part of language; it's always important to "read between the lines," clarify underlying values and beliefs, in order to gain in-depth understanding, interact with others smoothly, and deal with complexity with lucidity.

Apply paradoxical logic with the right mix of analytics and intuition, world of wisdom and common sense to handle difficult situations: Good intention to make an argument is about evoking paradoxical thinking, understanding the other point of view and learning something from it. The nonlinear business decision logic involves both internal factors, such as relevant knowledge, context, resource, etc, and external factors such as technical factors, political and legal conditions, competition and consumer demands, etc, to deal with complex issues and deal with them effectively. As a matter of fact, getting simple answers out of paradoxes could be the motive of some people to understand cross boundary situations and deal with it effectively.

If right and wrong are the two polar sides; there is a gray area in between, the key is balance. You don’t need to agree completely with the other side's 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. Thinking outside the box suggests throwing conventional wisdom and pure linear logic out the window for a while, applying paradoxical logic and let the creative energy flow. Expanding the boundary is about learning and gaining new knowledge continuously, being open to different thoughts, beliefs or alternatives. Remain engaged; scrutinize your own perceptions, identify blind spots, recognize that you are responsible for promoting or dissolving your own thoughts, emotions, and actions, embrace the emerging changes and complex reality.

Logic could be either scientific or philosophical. Logic is the hidden clue of human society. Logic enables us to uncover patterns and understand the interconnectivity of related issues underneath the surface. Bridging the gaps between linear and nonlinear thinking can significantly help to improve business effectiveness, understand complex problems from a cross-functional perspective in some detail and handle them step-wisely.


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