Monday, December 6, 2021


A new paradigm arises out of fresh mindset, new knowledge, deep insight, and personalized products or services.

With the high velocity and unprecedented uncertainty, in many circumstances, business leaders couldn’t predict the future with a certain degree of accuracy, they have to understand the hidden paradoxes, do in-depth cause-effect analysis, optimize complicated things or processes, and deal with the “VUCA” dynamic skillfully. 

Good questions spark imagination, provoke comprehensive answers; great answers stimulate more thought-provoking questions and advocate innovation. Business leaders and professionals today need to ask themselves what their strategies are and which practices they need to take to change with the “tide,” as well as how to drive progressive changes and lead innovation successfully?

Open-ended questions such as “what if” reimagine and clarify multipath strategy management scenario: Corporate strategy is about diagnosing the critical issues, making choices and taking actions to solve them smoothly. . Which school of scenario planning are you most fond of? Usually, strategy planning management is a cross-functional effort and multidisciplinary and multidimensional planning. When developing a strategy, you should always plan the execution of the strategy, and prepare for the “What If” scenario which shows potential scale of business benefit to be driven from the portfolio based on different mixes of programs and projects. It provides an “executive” view including impact analysis, reporting and alignment to strategy. All of the above should be supported by a robust, flexible and comprehensive set of tools to report and provide performance metrics, which allow the portfolio to be fine-tuned over time so that it delivers maximum strategic advantage to the organization.

Strategic planning depends on the context-internal and external dimensions you and your organization want to focus on and how you go about it. Strategic scenario planning is to navigate through the digital dynamic, discover the path via unconventional thinking, believing in yourself and most importantly in your team to achieve the high performing result. Scenario planning would be a key feature to strategic problem-solving. Which philosophy do you apply? The deductive school, the inductive one or "La Prospective" school? The underlying assumptions from different schools imply different methodologies and approaches. Besides digging into “why,” ask open questions such “why not,” “what if, “how about”? Believe in your plan and convince everyone else to believe in it as well. With all employees aligned behind a plan execution. Strategic plan is an interactive and iterative continuum, for leading organizations toward the next level of business growth and maturity.

Insightful questions open people’s minds to spur creativity in change management
: Change is the new normal with increasing paces. Organizations need to take systematic steps in evolutionary change management. It means to make a radical shift from a silo and linear classic change management practices to holistic and nonlinear management discipline. To build a highly adaptive organization, it’s important to make sure that your company is open minded to embrace diverse perspectives, prepare for multiple change scenarios. It starts by asking open questions such as “What If,” “Why Not,” connecting dots which are usually seemingly unrelated because they are scattered in transdisciplinary domains. It takes interdisciplinary knowledge and cross-functional communication and collaboration to manage large scale changes.

Change is continuously happening in the environment of a company. The desires of stakeholders, clients, and employees are evolving naturally. Organizations need to make sure they have a robust and shared view about Why? Why they are here and what is their real intention, ask "what if” questions as well. Applying creative thinking to ask open-ended questions in Change Management would make changes often more effective, fun and desirable, motivates people riding above the learning curve, stimulates their intellectual curiosity and becomes the true change agent and creative problem-solver. Apply creative thinking to Change Management by leveraging systematic methodologies, employing and applying the criteria deemed appropriate by the thinkers involved, to arrive at tangible and reproducible business results.

Innovation starts with open-ended questions:
When a new stage emerges in the progression of society, the continued use of the old paradigm, the old-world-view-lens, creates ever-increasing problems. The essence of innovation is made of trying new combinations of known things. It's the essence of progress. Inquisitive leaders and professionals have to be open-minded, refuse to be bound by constraints and limitations, show flexibility, break down outdated rules, and present resilience. Not only ask deep “WHY” s to diagnose the root cause of problems but also ask open-ended questions such as “WHY NOT” or “What If” to spur creativity, having a steady flow of fresh ideas floating in the innovation pipeline and create synergy.

Environment either encourages or discourages innovation, the ease or difficulties inherent in surviving. Innovation requires thinking beyond, altering or changing the frame of reference to create previously unconsidered solutions. Inquisitive professionals deploy new ideas, new processes, new adventures to adapt to change. What elements did past civilizations possess that added to innovation? It takes courage to step out of the conventional thinking box and practice creativity. In a business enterprise context, the mantra of "there are no bad ideas" is often used as a catalyst to encourage a flow of ideas, but it’s also crucial to use business resources effectively. Innovation for the sake of innovating is exhaustive because what would be the purpose? The goal is to amplify innovation impact and solve the most crucial problems effectively.

A new paradigm arises out of fresh mindset, new knowledge, deep insight, and personalized products or services. The organization has to ask logical questions, forecast upcoming change with a certain degree of precision, explore digital in all directions and change to the fundamental business model, culture, or other critical business factors for reaching the next level of organizational growth and maturity.


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