The shift to digital cuts across sectors, geographies and leadership roles. The digital transformation is now spreading rapidly to enable organizations of all shapes and sizes to reinvent themselves. In fact, Digital Era opens the new chapter of human progress; and philosophy is the compass of human civilization. Digital philosophy is simply in pursuit of a holistic understanding of the hyperconnected digital business world and discovering the better way to do things. Corporate boards as the top leadership team and governance body, how to apply philosophical digital principles to steer the business direction and drive business transformation seamlessly?
BoDs with philosophical mind are in high demand to provide abstract thinking and leverage multi-dimensional lenses to navigate through business uncertainty: Philosophy is a Greek portmanteau of the love of wisdom. Business management is both art and science. Science always needs philosophy, if there were no critical philosophy to add to the brainstorming, science will in the end loose ground. Philosophy is the foundation upon which science has been built and continues to put forth the questions which help move science onward and upward. BoDs with philosophical mind are inquisitive to gain the multidisciplinary knowledge and insight about digital transformation.
Philosophy is the history of ideas and an ongoing inquiry into the nature of things based on abstract reasoning rather than empirical methods. Because philosophy is always important to “better understand evolution and harness its power to serve human purposes.” Compared to other science discipline, philosophy is abstract. There is no need for BoDs to become philosopher, but BoDs with philosophical mind can practice abstract thinking and communication to reach a point of agreement for setting up the right digital principles and navigate digital transformation effortlessly.
The philosophic mind is not only to solve the problems, but to dissolve them: The BoDs with philosophical mind can set guideline to solve the problems more radically. You have to define a problem, and then, try to solve it. Philosophy can ask question that other sciences cannot even think about. Philosophy can talk about the nature of being human. The philosophical thinking encourages you to ask big WHY question, and it helps you see reasoning in action. And then, when you have seen reasoning in action, you've got an example of what's philosophy: a problem, and a logical argumentation. The philosophical mind can abstract the quintessential from complexity, discover the root cause of problems. Philosophy can not only allow you to reason the visible, but also perceive the invisible elements of the business. Philosophy takes on problems of knowing and knowledge, but perhaps its greatest strength is in its ability to "solve" problems elsewhere. It contributes to solve problems via interdisciplinary understanding. So, BoDs with philosophic mind can advise business management wisely and monitor business performance via multi-faceted angles.
Interdisciplinary holism as digital philosophy: The digital BoD with philosophical intelligence can understand digital transformation in a holistic way. A philosophic mind is abstract to converge the divergent information and bridge the gap with commonality; and a philosophic mind can also perceive the circular vision to see things holistically. They are able to see the big pictures, and make unbiased decision, they have the ability to see the whole picture and relate it to stated vision and goals. They may evoke what we call the paradoxical thinking process, which is defined as a statement that seems contradictory, unbelievable, or absurd but that may actually be true in fact. To put in more logical way, today’s leaders always have to see the both sides of coin at multi-dimensional angle before making any strategic decisions.
Philosophy can talk about the status of other sciences. Philosophy can allow us to see the cause and effect thoroughly. Hence, digital BoDs with philosophical mindset are able to think holistically, are willingness to ask the difficult questions about strategy, leadership and outcomes, guide senior management team through effective questioning, coaching, advising, make an assessment of the business strategy and organization's execution objectively, so they can lead digital transformation in a balanced way.