by Michael Heng
Blue Leaders have exceptional environmental sensitivity and consciousness. As they process the change analytics in the terrain(s) of opportunity with their physical senses as well as with their intuition, their natural move is to engage actively. They possess an acute propensity to lead. The desire to lead is a natural aspiration in Blue Leaders. They are born to lead, just as everyone is a leader of sorts at birth. Blue leadership is the emergent leadership that is better aligned and aptly conducive to this era of uncertainty and permanent turbulent change.
Blue Leaders are devoted to perfect the multiple skill-sets necessary to materialise their four characteristic Passions for Strategy, Service, People and Performance respectively and concurrently to varying degrees. Perfection is defined by impact, and the ultimate perfection is attained through self-mastery in the Blue Leader when the Art of Blue Leadership becomes him.
Blue Leadership self-mastery in its Tao or Way is cultivated by his mindfulness of the change characteristics in the applicable terrain(s) of opportunity perceived in the Terrain elements of Shape, Structure, Hazards, Psychometrics, Rules and Value. Perfection is assured through the discipline of The Tao in its elements of Timelessness, Formlessness and Intelligent.
The six Terrain elements influence one another during interaction in some limited manner as they pulsate in meaningful significance in the minds of buyers and non-buyers. The individual and combined significance of the elements in the decision-making matrix of Blue Leaders would depend on their respective mastery level in the Art of Blue Leadership as demonstrated in the deployment, execution and mindfulness throughout the 9-Actions Pathway.
The 9-Actions Pathway operates as the sense-making framework for continuous reality-learning by the Blue Leader. The 9-Actions Pathway is visualised here:
The 9 Actions bond and fuse with each other, like an atomic molecule, into a single entity with the 4 Passions and Orientations of Blue Leadership. The major Actions of Strategy which materialise the Passion for Strategy sit front and centre to provide the unshakeable visionary purpose polestar in Blue Leadership.
The Cornerstones of Blue Strategy have Society, People, Stakeholders and Analytics as their core preeminent fascinations. They are the nominal first steps as Blue Leaders embark on the expeditionary journey into the Terrain of Opportunity. Analytics actions are programs for factual discovery involving identifying, gathering and analysing all types of data and information that are adjudged by Blue Leaders to be material and relevant from Stakeholders (employees, vendors, customers, regulators and shareholders), People (non-buyers, service providers, stakeholders’ families, influencers and opinion makers) and Society (environment, community, associations, power groups and their enforcers, interests groups and the general public).
Blue Strategy enhances and strengthens Blue Leadership by being squarely omnipresent at the centre of the continuous learning response to Terrain changes in the unconscious mindfulness of the Blue Leader.
The cornerstones of Stakeholders, People, Society and Analytics are firmly anchored on the Pillar-like architecture of Leading, Systems, Markets and Learning. Together, the Cornerstones and Pillars establish the constitution of the Blue Actions Framework to identify and characterise Blue Leadership. Through their behaviors in the 9-Actions Pathway, Blue Leaders are identified and recognised.
1) The Data Trigon [Analytics, Systems, Markets]
The Data Trigon pivots on factual discovery actions involving identifying, gathering and analysing all types of data and information from the Terrain of Opportunity to produce multiple usable multimetric analysis. Systems are leading actions in the never-ending creation, recreation and alignment of the appropriate organisational forms, structures, systems and processes. Systems actions also design and deploy apps to leverage and maximise advantages unleashed by the Internet of Things (IoT). Markets actions aim at embodying real value into desirable products and services (research, innovations, design thinking, fabrication) and translate marketing efforts into sales revenue at affordable prices. Psychometrics in the Terrain are critical inputs to the Data Trigon through the interplay of Systems and marketing communications.
2) The Transform Trigon [Leading, People, Systems]
The Transform Trigon pivots on the creative production of purposeful actions from people and organisations. Leading actions also involve visioning, visualising strategy and inspiring, motivating, developing, supporting, rewarding, engaging and empowering People, promote decent work as well as mobilising the critical resources (including funds, alliances, partnerships) for the necessary Systems actions to execute Strategy successfully.
3) The Impact Trigon [Society, Learning, Markets]
The formless nature of Blue Strategy involves continuous learning (formal, informal, co-operative, mentoring, coaching, neurolingistic programming) from the Society and Markets actions in the Terrain of Opportunity. The Impact Trigon pivots on the delivery of abundant physical satisfaction and greater access to the opportunities of happiness through Society actions (corporate social responsibility and balancing profits, people & planet). Unique Blue Leadership obtains impactful outcomes through empowerment of effective relationship management in Markets actions. The pivot of Impact is powered by the actions of adaptive systems and flexible structures meeting the demands of Society and Markets actions.
4) The Feedback Trigon [Stakeholders, Leading, Learning]
Blue Leadership strategy is informed by multiple multimetric analytics from various stakeholders and other sources as harvested by the Data Trigon. Leading actions are based on facts, knowledge, learning and grounded information. Stakeholders actions involve conversations, participation, co-investments, responsibility, partnerships and ethical behaviors. Flexible organisational structures supported by adaptive systems are thereafter designed and developed to support value-laden innovations to address emergent and new blue markets validated by factual feedback from dynamic multi-variables in the Terrain of Opportunity. The formless essence of Blue Strategy feeds on a never-ceasing diet of continuous learning empowered by immanent aspirations and expectations of various stakeholders in interaction with the environment of the Terrain of Opportunity.
Dynamism of Formless Blue Leadership
The 9-Actions Pathway provides the sensemaking frame for Blue Strategy. It materialises the Way [Tao] of Blue Leadership for the planning, formulation, execution and evaluation of Strategy. When fully installed and implemented, the Pathway has the essential 9 DNA building blocks of a living Blue Organisation led by Blue Leadership at all levels to assure sustainability for the existential survival of lasting organisations.
The playbook of Blue Strategy compiles and encapsulates the dynamism of Action Trigons. The dynamism of Action Trigons spawns numerous material combinations in the patterns of Blue Strategy. The first strategic pattern is a single Blue Strategy consisting of 9 strategic Blue Action moves of the Pathway consistent and aligned with one another. There are therefore 81 possible strategic positions at the outset of Blue Strategy as choice options for the first strategic move.
Mathematically, there are 136,048,896 possible strategic pattern combinations of Blue Strategy for the first consideration before any specific formulation. When factored in the 6 specific elements in any Terrain of Opportunity, Blue Leaders would have 4,897,760,256 material strategic combinations available in his initial strategic choice matrix.
Upon comencement of strategy, responses from other actors and players in the same Terrain of Opportunity can be expected to be immediate and swift. And the actions by Blue Leaders in response to these countermoves to their initial Blue Strategic move would generate a choice of any combination(s) from [2.39x10(to the power of 19)] possible strategic patterns! This is just at the beginning of the strategy cycle.
Such awesome transmutation of Blue Strategy represents the absolute formlessness of Blue Leadership. The possibilities of strategic moves and the variations of respective strategic pattern are however finite and knowable, and hence can be learnt.
Look at the game of Chess as an imperfect comparision. In Chess, only one piece is moved at any time. In Blue Leadership, each strategic move consists of at least one move by each Action within the 4 respective Action Trigons. In practice, many initiatives or moves actually take place in each of the 9 Actions.
In a Chess game, the number of possible chess positions for the first White move is 20 (16 pawn moves and 4 knight moves). There are 400 possible chess positions or board patterns after the pair of first White move and the first Black move in response. And after the 2nd Black move, there are 197,742 possible games or board patterns, and after three pairs of moves, 121 million. Some have estimated the possible number of Chess game patterns to be around 10,100,000. Of these, 10,120 Chess games are believed to be "typical”, with each game lasting about 40 moves “long” with an average of 30 choices per move.
When compared with Chess, Blue Strategy is indeed more complex and complicated. Blue Leaders can therefore play Chess as a form of mental practice for formless Strategy even though the Chessboard is clearly not an authentic depiction of an actual Terrain of Opportunity.
The simplicity and elegance of Blue Strategy lies in its basic structure grounded in the 9-Actions Pathway of Blue Leadership hinged at the hub of Strategic Purpose 千方百计不离其宗. The Passions of Blue Leaders facilitate insightful visions and The Tao’s disciplined mindfulness of Timelessness, Formlessness and Intelligent guarantee the instinctive execution of Blue Strategy to great effect for truly outstanding exceptional impact.
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