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A Practical Approach to Strategic Thinking on Delegation and Collaboration for CIOs

Published: 28 November 2016

ID: G00317300

Analyst(s): Tina Nunno


Delegating effectively and fostering collaboration are both more easily said than done. Strategic thinking techniques can help CIOs do both in a practical manner.

Table Of Contents


  • Strategic Thinking Is a Powerful Leadership Technique
  • Strategic Thinking Has Two Components: Mental Models and Questions
  • Delegate Strategically Using the "Ask, Do Not Tell" Approach
    • Create a Set of Mental Models for Delegation
    • Line Up Strategic Questions to Help Direct Reports Navigate
    • Apply the "Question-Drop Approach" to Facilitate Collaboration in Teams
    • Adapt the Strategic Questions to the Situation at Hand
    • Customize Strategic Questions to Help Navigate the Group Toward the Strategy
  • Engage in Strategic Thinking for Delegation and Collaboration as a Daily Discipline

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