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The Weekly Insight of the “Future of CIO” Blog 11/5/2015
- Leaders as Coaches: Substantially, leadership is all about future and change; direction and dedication; influence and innovation; in styles, there are authoritarian, delegation, and participation leadership styles. With organizations are transforming from mechanical industrial mode to organic digital mode, the command and control authoritarian leadership style is less effective to manage today’s multi-generational, multicultural, and multi-devicing workforce. And leaders today are not the one who always have all the answers due to the information overloading and shortened knowledge life cycle, but often they need to participate in framing good questions, and encourage teams to find more than one answers, and always discover a better way to do things. The coach leads by asking: "How would you like to do it"? "Are there any other ways of doing it"? "Can you compare them"? "Which is best”? Also, continue to update her/his own knowledge, coach, and learn at the same time.
- How to Cultivate a Positive Culture: Culture is "the pattern of values and behaviors prevailing in the organization or society." It’s invisible and untouchable. A company's culture helps define what a company is like. What it means to be part of the company, how to act in the company, what others in the company believe and strive for even how others see the company. So what’s your culture “expression”? Overall, do you have a positive or negative culture?
- IT as a Business Solution Provider: With emergent digital technologies, many IT organizations reinvent themselves to ensure value and quality of deliverable. The core vs context is a business decision and not just an IT discussion. CIOs are gradually realizing that their organizations are not in the commodity server business or just a back-office cost center. With a growing trend in Cloud Computing, namely Managed Cloud, the agile IT of today via an enlightened CIO is becoming a "service broker," and business solution provider, instead of just a "service provider."
- Which factors should a Strategy for Change Contain? The speed of change is accelerated, Either individuals or organizations spend significant time and resource to deal with the big changes such as radical digital transformation or small changes such as daily betterment. What’s the strategy behind the change, and which qualities or factors should such a strategy for change contain?
- How should you Structure, not Stifle Innovation: The gap is growing between the need for innovation and many organizations' capacities to learn how to do it. It's harder and much more painful to define your innovation constitution than to define the structures, and the formats used to make innovation happen. Although there’s no magic formula for innovation success, people, structure, and process are all important factors. More specifically, how should you structure innovation, or what are the principles, processes, and practices to manage innovation more effectively and systematically?
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