Wednesday, October 26, 2022


Leadership competency is based on their wider, and deeper thinking box, to shape multidimensional views and enable them to develop a far-sighted vision to lead forward step-wisely.

With the rapid growth of information, change is continuously happening and spiraling up in such a dynamic environment. Whether we can set a progressive tone to make a transition from survival to thriving depends on how we make the mind shift to behavior shift. 

If we all stayed in a box and didn't believe things exist outside of the box, there's no room to broaden our thoughts and no progress can be made significantly. It's important to challenge conventional wisdom and eliminate pre-conceptual assumptions or unconscious bias. By shaping multidimensional views to understand issues profoundly, the contemporary leaders or professionals can inspire, innovate, improve, interact, interpret, innovate, and orchestrate business transformation smoothly. 

Abstract view: Organizations are inundated with information and endless daily tasks, senior leaders should be forward-looking and goal driven, shape a strategic views to “keep the end” in mind, laser focus on the most critical issues that need to be handled smoothly. The art of abstraction is to unify the common understanding of issues. See bigger picture, how to create a blueprint abstract view and future state of business, which will provide a competitive advantage for the business in the long run.

Strategy is often the guide and roadmap to navigate us toward the right direction, making decisions towards achieving defined outcomes as a purposive activity. The opposite of strategic thinking is close mindedness, isolation, or lack of insight. Strategic thinking is specified as being conceptual, directional, systems-oriented,  linking the future with the past and opportunistic. So a strategic business leader can envision the future, create or grasp new opportunities, identify risks, and strike the delicate balance of long term perspective and short term concerns in the dynamics of the business enterprise for leading the business forward step-wisely.

Underneath view: Growth starts from sowing the seed. it's what's under the ground that creates and nurtures what's above the ground. It's what's invisible that shapes what's visible. If you want to change the plant, you will first have to change the roots. Critical Thinking is a crucial thought process to see underneath the symptoms and dig into root causes and see around corners to identify real issues. Creative thinking can be stimulated by looking at things from different angles or connecting unusual dots across domains to search for unseen patterns. The more complex the situation is, the more important it is to apply multidimensional thought processes to see underneath the symptoms and dig into root causes of the problems.

The business and human world become more complex and diverse, it’s always critical to gain sufficient knowledge and unique insight to observe deeper and see around the corner, have an in-depth understanding of cause and effect based on the identification of relationships and behaviors within a model, context, or scenario, see around the corner, and transcend the interdisciplinary knowledge to deal with existing or emerging issues smoothly.

Holistic view:
Business ecosystem is dynamic and interdependent; in such an interconnected and hyper-complex world, we need to see both “the trees” and “the forest.” We must be able to resolve the problem of complexity via both breaking down into branch alternatives, but also expand into the ecosystem. A holistic perspective can fix the misperception by exploring multiple thought processes; willing to listen to the diverse viewpoint, seeing the ‘big picture’ and take a more holistic view of the business as a system to make sure that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

In terms of a holistic viewpoint, one does often need to integrate different stereotyped or mechanistic viewpoints, break down silo and conventional understanding; perceive the emerging trends, set the right priority, use resources scientifically, to handle the most critical problems effectively. Holistic view and understanding is important in complex situations where it is impossible to predict the behavior of the whole from the behavior of the parts in the linear way; and where the interrelationships between component parts are more important than the parts themselves.

The digital era upon us is about abundant information and constant disruptions. There are both known unknown and unknown unknown. Change doesn't happen overnight, but neither did the current situation. While there is always some remaining uncertainty and emerging properties. We can't control anything beforehand, let knowledge flow naturally; let ideas click spontaneously; let people do things in their own way. Top leaders go beyond a senior title, their leadership competency is based on their wider, and deeper thinking box, to shape multidimensional views and enable them to develop a far-sighted vision to set guidance and lead forward step-wisely.


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