E98 - Manager to leader - a shortcut with these great questions

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How do you move from management to leadership? It’s a key question for every emerging leader, and for every Boundless Leader to keep in mind. There are key distinctions as well as overlaps in management and leadership. The key things are ripples, questions, and frames.

  • How simple decisions can have a cascading effect

  • How questions might have prevented unwanted repercussions

  • Sample questions to guide you into the leadership space




Ripples for leadership:

  • Self

  • Team

  • Organisation

  • Industry/Community

  • World

Frames for consideration:

  • People

  • Plant

  • Place

A More Beautiful Question By Warren Berger


Three questions to guide through uncertainty:

  1. Why?

  2. What if?

  3. How?

Excerpts from the book:

  • A beautiful question is an ambitious yet actionable question that can begin to shift the way we perceive or think about something—and that might serve as a catalyst to bring about change.

  • The telltale signs of an innovative questioner: a refusal to accept the existing reality.

  • One of the many interesting and appealing things about questioning is that it often has an inverse relationship to expertise—such that, within their own subject areas, experts are apt to be poor questioners. Frank Lloyd Wright put it well when he remarked that an expert is someone who has “stopped thinking because he ‘knows.’”

  • If we can’t compete with technology when it comes to storing answers, questioning—that uniquely human capacity—is our ace in the hole.

  • A journey of inquiry is bound to lead you into the unknown (as it should), but if you have a sense of the kinds of questions to ask at various stages along the way, you’ve at least got some road markers. Indeed, this is the beauty of “process” in general: It may not provide any answers or solutions, but, as one design-thinker told me, having a process helps you to keep taking next steps—so that, as he put it, “even when you don’t know what you’re doing, you still know what to do.”

  • Shift the nature of brainstorming so that it’s about generating questions instead of ideas.


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