Monday, April 19, 2021

12 CIO Personas: The Digital CIO’s Situational Leadership Practice via Innovation Inquiries

The digital CIOs have to wear different colors of hats and master multiple leadership personas and management roles effortlessly.

This book “12 CIO Personas: The Digital CIO’s Situational Leadership Practices” is the extensive brainstorming and logical content expansion of my book “CIO Master: Unleash the Digital Potential of IT,” to reimagine and reinvent CIO leadership via practicing multitudes of digital influence. 

The important thing is that CIOs as the top leadership role must have a strong mindset, a unique personality, and a clear idea of what needs to be done, yet creative enough to not hold the company back from growth. Regardless of which personality they have, digital CIOs need to be both transformational and situational, innovative and tactical, business savvy and technology insightful, communication-effective and operation-efficient.

Innovation Inquiry 

Although almost all serious digital leaders and professionals today understand the importance of asking the right questions, they are not afraid to challenge the status quo and they have the unlimited curiosity to ask questions.The digital environment is full of uncertainty, velocity, complexity, ambiguity, fierce competitions, and continuous disruptions. And the digital era upon us is about innovation. Making logical inquiries and applying...

Inquiry Design and validate your business model via inquiries and take a systematic approach to develop it into a more solid form.A business model is "why this business works" and how a business operates. It defines customers, needs, and solutions as well as a competitive advantage. It includes the components and functions of the business which generate revenues and expenses of the business. Business leaders explore the concept of a business model by addressing...

Innovatingby QuestioningYou can't solve a problem on the same level that it was created. You have to rise above it to the next level." - Albert Einstein Innovation is the new way to do things; innovation creates change to the next level of performance. However, innovation management cannot be a one person challenge and needs careful planning, recruitment, and support to cover everything from fundamental research through experimentation, evaluation, and.

Insightful Questions to Overcome the Panic of Breakthrough Innovation Innovation is not serendipity, it’s a mindset, a process, and a business competency. 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 the 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.

Igniting Innovationby Questioning The art of questioning is to ignite innovative thinking; the science of questioning is to frame Systems thinking, with the progressive pursuit of better solutions. 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 problem solving does not become easier, but turns to be harder. And first things first, you should...

Modern organizations have their own sophistication with silo functions, the sea of information, and the pool of talent. The CIO is an inherently cross-functional role, to bridge the business and IT; the data and insight, the business’s today and tomorrow. The digital CIOs have to wear different personas and master multiple leadership and management roles effortlessly. They need to lead at the strategic level for conducting a complex digital orchestra; they should be handy managers to plumbing information and keep it flow smoothly; they also have to be like diligent gardeners, to build a unique IT landscape via tuning technology, removing waste, nurturing culture, and empowering people.


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