Monday, November 20, 2023


Logic is often nonlinear and multidimensional in today’s “VUCA” world, but it is important to realize that there are basic principles and rules that make it work and there are different types of business logic and methodology behind problem-solving scenarios.

he world is becoming hyper-connected and independent, in order to deal with complex problems today, people need to learn how to apply nonlinear logic over linear thinking, and take an interdisciplinary management approach to solve problems effectively. Logic is neither conventional wisdom nor linear arithmetic rules only, it’s about cause-effect, sequence- consequence, why-what-how-who-when-where reasoning. 

Logic enables us to uncover patterns and understand the interconnectivity underneath the surface. In fact, wearing multidimensional thinking hats to deepen understanding of a business ecosystem could be at the tipping point for harnessing innovation and improving problem-solving effectiveness.

Innovation Logic: Innovation is an alternative way to understand and solve problems unconventionally. Every meaningful thing has logic in it. Innovation logic is often a nonlinear and multipath solution. Although linear logic helps to break down things to the pieces, sometimes it ignores the interconnectivity between parts and the whole. You need to think from different angles, take inferential logic to understand the real problems and illustrate them, take divergent processes to accumulate fresh ideas; take a process of deduction & convergence to derive a solution drawing from knowledge, experience, and intuition. It is a strategic imperative to develop the organizational level innovation competency.

While innovating in today’s world has become increasingly complex in nature., organizations can no longer rely on a single individual or team to drive innovation. The management needs to leverage nonlinear logic to understand dynamic processes and interconnectivity between problems in a managerial context, to improve innovation effectiveness.

Nonlinear Logic: Linear thinking implies the whole is equal to the sum of its parts. Nonlinear logic is about understanding that the whole should be superior to the sum of parts if you can manage talent and resources effectively: The reason linear thinking is in many cases not so effective today is because there is always a temptation to use simple linear logic to understand highly complex nonlinear scenarios. Business leaders are able to shape an integral view which is essential to recognize patterns, clarify logics, and understand impacts of business solutions that can be sustained in the systems of people.

To handle complex problems today, refine the logic to balance a multi-facet of facts and criteria, set the right priorities, and deal with trade-offs. There are many things happening in the organization today; organizational management needs to do logical reasoning, make necessary tradeoffs from diverse perspectives of stakeholders and focus on the top strategic priorities at the moment. Insightful leaders and professionals with cross-disciplinary understanding are able to think deeper and differently, discover the root cause of problems, take step-wise actions that are logically linked to the information they have, knowledge they are equipped with.

Paradoxical logic:
The world becomes more paradoxical - small and big, virtual and authentic; central and decentralized, at the same time, balance is a leverage for problem-solving. Even logic, our strongest language, itself is fundamentally paradoxical. The paradox is the result of two opposing truths existing side by side, which can both be right, navigate levels of abstraction or logic as an essential thinking skill. The science of problem-solving is that there is logic behind any problem occurring in our surroundings.

Some argue that every advance in science is about dealing with paradoxes. The more complex the problem is, the more important it is to apply paradoxical logic to come up with a holistic solution. Sometimes things go straight, other times, they are cursive. Leverage paradoxical logic with the right mix of analytics and intuition, leadership wisdom and group contribution. Paradoxical logic helps to deal with gray areas thoughtfully because there are always philosophical differences regarding what proof consists of; we should take an interdisciplinary approach to deal with issues comprehensively. Digital leaders and professionals should embrace the opposite sides and take multidimensional lenses to perceive the multi-facet world via interdisciplinary reasoning. Learn how to manage the “shade of gray”; reclaim the right balance of chaos and order, process and creativity, standardization and flexibility, and enhance strategic agility.

Logic is often nonlinear and multidimensional in today’s “VUCA” world, but it is important to realize that there are basic principles and rules that make it work and there are different types of business logic and methodology behind problem-solving scenarios. It is always crucial to understand the interconnected relationship between the parts and the whole, see things underneath and around the corner, be sensitive to the emergent factors, and take a balanced view of digital flow. People, organizations or the society as a whole, need to leverage effective logic, develop fitting principles, methodologies, practices, take advantage of efficient technologies, tools or methodologies wisely with the expertise to really add value and develop the organizational level innovation competency.