Monday, January 3, 2022


Organizations not only need good managers to take care of today’s business; but also have to grow visionary leaders to lift their companies for long-term prosperity.

The business is complex, the world is complex, and leadership is complex, leadership is about the future and change, innovation, and progress. Leadership differs by level, the type of organization, the stage of organizational evolution, the mindset of stakeholders, the complexity of the business, and many other variables. 

The future of leaders has to deal with opposing views, cultures, constraints and competition across the global scope. At a high mature level, leaders change the course of the business by seeing beyond what all others see and by understanding issues from new perspectives.

The oversight of organizational management helps to identify blind spots, diagnoses issues, and outlines the preferred course of action: There are lots of things going on in the organizations, leaders need to continue learning to keep their knowledge updated and their viewpoint fresh. Strategy management is about creating tomorrow's organization out of today. Having a systematic oversight of the business at the top leadership level enables the management to avoid tunnel vision, keeps an open mind to explore emerging possibilities, identifies and strengthens the weakest link because the best business solution should be the one that responds perfectly to its dynamic business environment and ensures the organization as a whole to achieve the better business results.

To improve oversight effectiveness, knowledge is no doubt important, but more than that, it is complete awareness of what is happening in the context. Once you figure that out, you are able to classify the key elements and know their linkage, leverage the right information, connect divergent factors in the business ecosystem for providing a structured view and communication bridge between shareholders/investors. The oversight of business management helps to identify blind spots, diagnoses critical issues, and outlines the preferred course of action. The oversight of key processes ensures core processes are intelligent, dynamic, and goal-driven to build differentiated business competencies for unlocking performance.

Insight is about digging underneath, seeing around the corner or reading between the lines for truly uncovering the truth:
The human society today becomes much more nonlinear, interconnected, and interdependent than ever. It’s widely known that there is stereotypical thinking, conventional wisdom, or preconceived notions about how things should happen and how people are evaluated. Insight is being able to identify the root cause of a problem or the core issues of a situation which leads to understanding and resolution. Insight is also the ability to know people deeply, putting people in the right positions to solve right problems. The more complex the situation is, the more interdisciplinary knowledge, different approaches and role gaming is needed to reach for insightful understanding.

Technically, insight is the intersection of critical and creative thinking, analytics and synthesis; linear logic and nonlinear reasoning; the power of acute observation, questioning, connection, penetration, discernment. It's about understanding the inner nature of things or of seeing things intuitively. Pre-conceptual assumptions of cognitive biases are often due to a lack of profound understanding, subjective perception or certain outdated common beliefs. Nowadays, the border of knowledge domains is blurred and the scope of knowledge is expanded in the continual base. Insightful understanding can be enhanced by seeing the two sides of the coin, listening to the two versions of stories, understanding of a specific cause and effect in a specific context or the core issues of a situation, clarifying the sequence and consequence of the problem-solving.

The outlier’s view enables business leaders to understand problems from an outside-in perspective or read issues from different angles: The digital era upon us is the age of innovation, and innovation is a unique business capability to accelerate growth and decide the business's long-term prosperity. Outlier leaders today are the one who can step out of a conventional thinking box or linear patterns, see things further or deeper, and be creatively disruptive. An outlier’s view is upon how to see things from different angles, keeping a certain distance from the environment you observe or experience, so you can capture the full picture, and think out of the box for spurring creativity. Outliers have an open mind that holds onto its beliefs while being prepared to consider other perspectives should they make sense, absorb new knowledge and expand their thinking box to solve problems innovatively.

If people try to come to a consensus via one single choice, this can overlook key points of information, as every wise thought always has opposite thoughts, not less wise. In today's hyper connected global economy, we can learn a lot from different mindsets, cultures and positions. The outlier’s view enables the business to scrutinize the company by stepping out of a conventional thinking box, or linear patterns and seeing things further or deeper. Outliers have an important role in helping organizations expand the horizon of conventional management, generating some distinct alternatives that could pursue the business goals and objectives, spotting blind-spots, bridging gaps, and exploring multi-routes to get the destination ultimately. 

Organizations not only need good managers to take care of today’s business; but also have to grow visionary leaders to lift their companies for long-term prosperity. Being transformational goes beyond skills only, it requires well-mixed vision, leadership substance, have better sense to capture the business trend, be genuinely curious about information, knowledge and future perspective, empathic communication, so they can drive changes confidently and effortlessly.


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