Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The Hot Debates of the “Future of CIO” Oct. 2015

The “Future of CIO” Blog has reached 1.1 million page views with #2269 blog posting in 59+ different categories of leadership, management, strategy, digitalization, change/talent, etc. The content richness is not for its own sake, but to convey the vision and share the wisdom, to inspire critical thinking and spur healthy debates.

Debating is a style of critical thinking activity, in order to win the debate, you would need to know more about your opponent and you would need to plan tactics and strategies to win the debate which would require applied critical thinking in order to discover and execute these things. We will share a set of hot debates about leadership and talent management here.

The Hot Debates of the“Future of CIO” Blog Oct. 2015
  • Does Business or the World Really Want Transformational Leaders? We live at a time when organizational longevity has never been shorter and leaders have been born with limited life span. There’s a tough choice for leadership practice facing in business and society as well: do you prefer transactional leaders who care about the short term result or shall you advocate transformational leaders who articulate long-term vision and direction? Do you think that the majority of transformational leaders are "nuts," what do you mean? Do you see these as positive character traits that transformational leaders should have? In your experience interacting with transformational leaders who were "nuts," do you feel that they articulated the vision adequately? Do you have a positive experience with them? Are you willing and able to implement the changes they proposed? How often are you persuaded to support the changes they proposed? To put simply, does the business or the world really want transformational leaders?

  • Is Communication the Bottleneck in Decision Making? Communication is key to modern management. However, communication is not just the soft discipline, it’s both art and science, for example, there’re communication challenges between management and employees, there’s “lost in translation” in cross-functional conversation, how to overcome such challenges? Is communication the bottleneck in decision making, how to achieve the expected outcome?  Understanding the logic behind these inquiries can untie the communication knots.

  • Is Culture Superior to a Strategy? Culture is the way, behavior; attitude or approach to work adopted by or embedded among a group of people in the conduct of business. Every organization has a culture - defined or not. Actual culture is a function of actual leadership, starting at the top. While the strategy is a set of choices set by business leaders, following with a series of actions to compete for the future. We all heard 'culture eats strategy for breakfast', does that mean culture is more important than strategy?

  • Why is Being Agile so Hard: Agile becomes mainstream software management philosophy and methodology. However, most of the organizations are at the stage of doing Agile, not being agile, doing agile is a set of activities; but being agile is the state of mind, the ongoing capability, and the culture adaptability. To dig through, why is being agile so hard?

  • Three Talent Debates: Touch Choice for the Future?  The over-complex business eco-system, the hyper-competitive global environment, and the accelerated economic changes make talent management more strategic imperative than ever at the digital era in the 21st century.  Character or skill, which one is more critical? Leaders, would you rather be liked or respected? What’s more important to CIO, technical skill or business acumen? Hopefully, all these insightful and paradoxical debates help spur the innovative thinking about future of talent management, groom more competent leaders with strong characters, inter-disciplinary skills, global cultural understanding and the long term vision.

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