Sunday, January 19, 2020

The Monthly “Leadership Master” Book Tuning: Leading by Questioning

 The substance of leadership never changes, it’s all about the future and change; direction and dedication; influence and innovation. 

Leadership is complex yet simple: Complex in that there are so many traits and characteristics that are considered when evaluating a leader. Simplicity in that the substance of leadership never changes, it’s all about the future and change; direction and dedication; influence and innovation.

The purpose of the book:  "Leadership Master - Five Digital Trends to Leap Leadership Maturity" is to convey the vision of digital leadership, share the insight about leadership maturity, and summarize five emergent digital leadership trends Here is the monthly tuning of digital leadership.

                     Leading by Questioning

Five Insightful Questions to Overcome the Panic of Breakthrough Innovation Innovation is to transform novel ideas for achieving its commercial value and truly meeting people’s needs. Breakthrough Innovation is disruptive and will change the business in many fields. It can achieve a higher ROI but with much greater risk. Often, there are no best practices to follow for managing breakthrough innovation as it is in the future with no necessary continuity with the past. It takes a kind of “out of the box” thinking and a lot of guts. It’s not something everyone can accomplish. Here are five insightful questions and answers to overcome the panic of breakthrough innovation.

Three Questions to Clarify Digital Workforce Fit Digital is the age of people-centricity. Going digital is an evolutionary path of pursuing the next level of organizational maturity and collective human progress via empowerment and democratic meritocracy. In practice, how to put the right people with the right capability in the right position to solve the right problems? Here are three questions to clarify the digital workforce fit.

Three Tough Questions Digital Leaders need to Ponder for Driving a Smooth Digital transformation The pervasive digital technology and exponential growth of information can bring unprecedented opportunities and risks, many organizations are like to explore digital by following nonlinear patterns with accelerated speed. They have to strike the right balance between chaos and order, innovation and process, change and stability, etc. Business leaders need to ask tough questions, clarify the goals, and identify pitfalls on the way. At the high level of maturity, organizations have to stretch out in every business dimension for driving the full-fledged digital transformation.

Five Questions to Evaluate The QUALITY of Thinking? Thinking, in general, is more about discovery for either understanding things or creating new things. The thought does not precede the thinker; the thinker precedes the thought and the consciousness of the thinker precedes the fact of his/her being a thinker. Digital professionals today need to learn how to explore and evaluate the variety of thinking in their minds. Here are five questions to assess the QUALITY of your thinking.

Bridging the Gaps between Questioning and Answering In the industrial age with information scarcity, the followers ask leaders how to do, and leaders are expected to always answer the questions, sometimes for maintaining the status quo, even they themselves struggle to find answers. It somehow compromises leadership effectiveness. With today’s digital convenience, knowledge is often only a click away, the differentiation between leaders and followers is not based on who asks questions and who answers. As a matter of fact, more often, leaders should frame great questions, and followers need to practice independent thinking and creative thinking and provide alternative answers with a fresh point.

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