It is crucial to examine the causes of failure in innovation, the gaps and pitfalls on the way.
Digital makes a significant impact on how we think, live, and work. There is the mix of old and new, physical and virtual, order and chaos. We are in a time of tremendous change, the dawn of the digital age, the path to the next level of digital maturity, also in the era of confusion and information overload.
Therefore, it’s critical to identify, understand, and avoid pitfalls, discover strategic and predictive pathways to change, increase confidence, position a brand and leverage resources to make the digital paradigm shift effortlessly. Slideshare Presentation
Innerlinearlimitation Nowadays, the characteristics of the digital era are hyper-connectivity, hyper-complexity, and interdependence; with increasing speed of changes, the traditional management is just not fit enough to respond to the emerging opportunities and risks. As most “classic” management principles date from the industrial revolution, people are treated as human resource aligned in the rigid hierarchy to accomplish specific tasks. The consequence of all of this is that “classic” management doesn’t take a systemic approach to management discipline. The organization has been run as the sum of pieces, rather than a holistic business that keeps growing and maturing.
Unintelligent-Anti-Digital Mind: A Binary Mind The digital world is nonlinear and ambiguous, also multi-dimensional and colorful. However, many leaders and business professionals still keep the old silo thinking habits at the industrial age, for many of them, people are either good or bad, friend or enemy; things are either right or wrong; win or lose; the state is either blue or red, and the world is either black or white; there are no shades in between. Either you call it “extreme thinking,” “binary thinking,” or “bipolar thinking,” such mind is too rigid in the outlook; too judgmental in managing relationship; too static to sense the change; too silo to think the big picture, and too linear to fit in the non-linear digital world. More specifically, what’re the root causes of such a mindset, is it changeable?
The Pitfalls of Linear Thinking and Traditional Management Linear thinking is viewed by many as being simply the opposite of closed-loop thinking (thinking in a straight line rather than circularly). As linearity often implies cause and effect with no feedback. in the industrial setting, business management often practices linear thinking with a set of linear skills; it perhaps works in the considerably static and silo business environment. However, in today’s dynamic digital business environment with hyperconnectivity and interdependence, the traditional management based on linear thinking and reductionist logic is outdated, causes silo or frictions, and decelerates business speed.
Identify Gaps between Linear Thinking and Nonlinear Thinking The digital business and the world has become over-complex and hyper-connected; in the industrial setting, business management often practices linear thinking with a set of linear skills; it perhaps works in the considerably static and silo business environment. However, digital means the increasing speed of changes and the high degree of uncertainty, hyperconnectivity and fierce competition. The nature of digital is nonlinear and dynamic. How to close the gap between linear vs. nonlinear thinking in order to drive a smooth transformation?
Nonlinearity and Change Management The hyperconnectivity nature of digital breaks down the functional, geographical, or even organizational border. Businesses today become much more nonlinear, interconnected and interdependent than ever. When systems are not just about linear relationships, they are defined as nonlinear dynamic. Applying interdisciplinary management to gain an understanding of nonlinearity as the very characteristic of the digital organization and business ecosystem could be at the tipping point for managing changes and driving the digital paradigm shift.
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