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A Practical Approach to Strategic Thinking on Risk, Urgency, Innovation and Agility for CIOs

Published: 28 November 2016

ID: G00317302

Analyst(s): Tina Nunno , Paul Proctor


CIOs must be able to think strategically and ask the right questions to quickly distinguish between good and bad enterprise risks. Strategic thinking helps CIOs avoid unnecessary risks with minimal bureaucracy, and identify opportunities to embrace risk in a way that contributes to enterprise value.

Table Of Contents


  • A Practical Approach to Strategic Thinking
  • Strategic Thinking for Risk Management
    • Embrace Good Risk With Strategic Questions on Innovation
    • Defuse Urgency by Engaging Others in Strategic Questioning
    • Embrace Agility and Avoid Reckless Behavior Through Strategic Thinking
    • Use Strategic Questions Consistently to Create a Culture That Thinks Together About Risks

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