Sunday, October 24, 2021


Purpose keeps people to be conscious of what they are doing; principles guide them in the right direction.

Principles are statements of values that a group of people agree to follow for achieving high performance. They are like the compass to guide through the organization for moving in the right direction. If the organization or society lacks a set of cohesive principles to guide through, people are perhaps running in the dark, making decisions blindly, walking around the problems helplessly, causing confusion and conflicts all the time. 

Good principles or policies should be communicated frequently, and followed uncompromisingly, to ensure the right things are easy to do, great talent is appreciated, innovation is encouraged and collective potential can be unlocked effortlessly.

Learn constantly so we continually improve: With fast pace of changes and overwhelming growth of information, Continuous learning and training become highly important to discover talent, develop new skills and build professional competency. Business professionals are humble to know that what they know, compared to what they do not know, is just the tip of the iceberg. They also become aware when some of the long-acquired knowledge is no longer applicable in certain situations. Thus, they need to become learning-intelligent - learn and relearn all the time and then apply those lessons to succeed in new situations.

Learning is a constant process. Organizations need to raise different "learning" issues, and nurture a culture of learning. Business professionals today need to become self-driven, must have the attitude to keep learning, learn fast and smart, show the discernment to differentiate invaluable knowledge from mass of information; and capture fresh insight from abundant knowledge; learn the lessons from the past and use it to guide actions in the future. In fact, we need to learn continuously in order to adapt to constant change

Put the right people in the right position to solve the right problems: The world becomes over-complex and interdependent, many of today’s problems are also becoming more complex and cross-disciplinary. Thus, it’s imperative to put the right people in the right positions, empower them to take initiatives with good intention; encourage them to do things in different ways, and equip them with the right tools to get the work done efficiently. Evaluate the right people with the right mindsets, skills, capabilities, as well as their unique set of competencies. Investigate what’s their innate strength, passion; define tasks they want to do and do better than others.

It’s also crucial to make an objective assessment of evaluators on whether they have cognitive intelligence, sufficient knowledge and professional quality to understand people as well as the problems that need to be solved .Great evaluators have appreciative eyes to recognize talent and character, and unique insight to have the right people solving the right set of problems without causing more issues later on. Find the right people through what they think and how they act. The emphasis is on trying to determine which professional competencies or capabilities should be used in which combination, and with what level of weight for each, for every different situation to get the things done effectively.

For effective decision making, think of consequence, not convenience: In today's “VUCA” business environment, decision-making is difficult due to varying reasons such as uncertainty and ambiguity of business circumstances, both cognitive intelligence and emotional excellence are important for business leaders and professionals to make sound judgment and effective decisions. Think of consequences, not convenience. Focus on dealing with the most critical issues in a logical way.

To overcome the subjectivity of personal perception, it’s important to think critically and profoundly, really dig beneath the superficial layer, make scientific evaluation and comparison, optimize a sound process, leverage the right set of information, weigh options appropriately and actually make an effective decision. The more important the decision, the more you need to have all quality data, dispassionately examine alternatives, perform all the preparation, with the increase of confidence of success.

Being innovative is more important than any specific innovation: Being innovative is a state of mind. It is about thinking differently, acting differently, delivering differently, adding value differently to solve problems creatively. Indeed, being innovative is all about how to disrupt the outdated thinking and the old way to do things. However, in many traditional organizations, innovation is just a buzzword, everyone talks about it, but very few people live on it. It is important to build a creative environment for encouraging creativity and developing the intrinsic innovation capacity of people, teams, and organization.

Being innovative is a growth mindset and a proactive attitude, with the unique traits such as interdisciplinary skills and knowledge, plasticity, openness to experience, tolerance of ambiguity, tendency to constantly question the status quo, capacity to adapt, emotional intelligence and risk-taking attitude. You cannot wait for something to happen, keep curious, always think profoundly, learn new things, and develop innovative capabilities.

Collaboration is at its essence, the intellectual harmony between humans:
Silos are inevitable in every structured organization. Collaboration happens in the space between people in relationships receptively and thoughtfully, interacting and caring for one another’s needs, or co-solving tough problems smoothly. Cross-boundary communication and collaboration via integrative diversity can overcome silos, break down territories between functions, organization, industries, and geographical locations, and amplify collective effort to achieve high performance results.

For teams to operate effectively in the innovation space, a high performance team with inclusive and progressive traits is composed of complementary mindsets and skill sets, embraces diverse viewpoints and maximizes the collective potential. Collectively, they are able to develop core teaming skills to communicate and collaborate, build upon trustful relationships, to enhance mutuality or attunement with one another.

Purpose keeps people to be conscious of what they are doing; principles guide them in the right direction. To really add value, principles need to be grounded in the context of the organization expressing them; clearly understood, articulated, and commonly shared, they are the genetic code of any healthy organization, and compass to navigate business toward the destination steadfastly.


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