Tuesday, April 5, 2016

The Monthly Leadership Brief: Inquisitive Leadership Apr. 2016

"Asking questions culture and mentality" has to be driven by leadership.

The art of questioning is to ignite innovative thinking, the essential to questioning also stimulates the creative sides of our brains in order to find answers. The science of questioning is about asking the right question at the right time to the right person for the right information. It is also based on the art of listening, it’s the attitude, the trust, it’s the soft science of communication embedded with hard science of problem-solving capability. There are "no such things as bad questions" attitude which should be ingrained in a company, particularly in leadership/management level, to inspire a culture of learning and innovation.


The Inquisitive Leadership



Leadership Mojo: Leading by Questioning  At the age of information explosion and business complexity, leaders may not always have the right answers; but they shall always ask the right questions. The future is in our hands. We have to reinvent what is leadership with new approaches to collective intelligence. The followers are the ones who give the power to leaders. What kind of leader do we want to be? What leaders do we want to follow? Giving the chance to everyone to become wiser and to be a better leader is a collective responsibility.

Three Dimensions to Shape the Great Questions  We’ve been living in such a dynamic world, change is the only constant, actually even change itself has been changed and expedite. The world is transforming from personal computing into digital computing, from globalization into globality, from knowledge limitation to information explosion. The answer about yesterday is not as critical as the questions about the future. How to ask the right questions is not only just the raw intelligence to reflect human’s intellectual curiosity, it becomes the new skills need to be sharpened and focused on, to co-solve the common problems and co-create the better world. Stay hungry and foolish, to challenge the outdated rules or culture, to perceive the invisible and spark the collective wisdom and new thinking.


How to Apply Creativity to Frame and Solve the Right problem? If the very purpose of business is to create customers, then, the big challenge for business’s survival and blossom is how to solve business problems systematically and skillfully. More critically, how to apply creativity to frame the right problem and solve it right is a fundamental capability to grow to the high mature digital organization.


IT Leaders & Professionals: Can you Ask the Right Questions Although almost all serious digital professionals today understand the importance of asking the right question, it takes both courage and humility for leaders to ask questions, rather than providing the answers; and it takes both insight and wisdom to ask the right questions; many times, you have to break down the status quo and break through the conventional wisdom, to keep informative and inquisitive, always to challenge and ensure that the question itself is corrected before answering…


How to Apply System Thinking to Shape Right Questions  Today’s digital business and society are hyper-connected and interdependent, systems thinking is a type of thinking, not only see different pieces of components separately but also think how they are connected to the whole. You can apply Systems Thinking when solving problems. However, does Systems Thinking change the way you define problems, why does it matter, and how to apply System Thinking (ST) to shape the right questions?


Leading by Questioning  We’ve been living in such a dynamic world, change is the only constant, actually even change itself has been changed and expedited. There is information abundant and even overloading, but problems solving does not become easier, but turns to be harder. And first things first, you should ask yourself: Do you frame the right questions before answering them right. It takes courage and humility to ask, because you have to break down the status quo and break through the conventional wisdom, to keep informative and inquisitive, always to challenge and ensure that the question itself is corrected before answering…


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