Join Mike Figliuolo for an in-depth discussion in this video Innovating and anticipating, part of Developing Your Leadership Philosophy.
Mike: In terms of leading the thinking, you as the leader need to see over the horizon. You're not getting paid for the day-to-day operations, you're getting paid to look beyond what's coming, and figure out what are the innovative new things that we can do? What are the big risks we're facing down the road? Now if you're anything like me, I fear change. I like when things are working, and it's hard for me to challenge the status quo. Even when I don't have a lot of things standing in the way of me making changes.
I need a maxim that reminds me to step back and question what i'm doing. That maxim is the 5 Whys: why, why, why, why, why. Now that probably doesn't make a lot of sense to you in the context of how it helps me drive change. I learned the 5 Whys at one point when I was a young consultant, and I was standing in line with my Project Manager, and he said, "What are you working on, Mike?" and I shared an insight I had from some analysis I did that morning.
I said, "This is what's going on." He said, "Well why?" I said, "What do you mean why?" He said, "Why is that happening?" I stopped and I thought and I said, "Well probably because of this." He said, "Well why? Why is that happening?" I stopped and I thought a little bit harder, and I said "Well maybe because of this." He said, "Well why?" and I said, "What are you talking about? "Why do you keep asking me why?" He said, "I'm going to ask you why five times, "and by the time I get to that fifth why, "there's going to be an insight there.
"There's going to be something "that we can do differently." I learned a lot from that moment to really start questioning that first conclusion that I had, and to really think in depth about what's going on, and those 5 whys have led me to insights on a lot of different occasions. That maxim for me reminds me to step out of the day to day, to look at what i'm doing, to question things, to come up with new conclusions, and new insights because in those new insights and those new conclusions, That's where the future is for my team, and my organization.
How are you going to challenge yourself to step outside of "That's the way "we've always done it," and challenge things, and look for new insights, come up with new ideas? Have you been part of a team where somebody came up with a great idea, or had a huge insight that nobody had found before because they questioned the way we're doing things? Have you had an innovative breakthrough that you're really proud of? Those situations are where your maxim resides.
Think of that story, feel the pride that's associated with that idea, and find that trigger to remind you of that situation. Then go ahead and document it because that maxim, every time you read it, should move you to a space where you're going to look out beyond where you are now and come up with new and challenging ideas so that you can lead your team forward in terms of the thinking that they're doing.
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