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Blue Ocean Leadership Q & A

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  • Can blue ocean leadership be applied to small organizations?

    Yes, definitely. Blue Ocean Leadership works equally for large, medium and small organizations. In fact, one of the strengths of blue ocean leadership is its scalability – the process can [...]

    Does the blue ocean leadership process require a deep belief and buy in to be successful?

    For any strategic or organizational transformation to be implemented effectively, a deep buy in is a must. Without an intellectual and emotional understanding of the logic for change, people will [...]
  • How do you evaluate blue ocean leadership performance?

    First, there is no one single or generic formula for evaluating leadership performance. Depending on the market reality an organization faces, different organizations will have different criteria for evaluating what [...]

    Is blue ocean leadership really ‘new’ in essence?

    First, traditional leadership development programs and theories normally look at the supply side and focus on who leaders need to be. Factors they examine include values, qualities and personality traits, [...]
  • How do you establish the links between a certain activity and high value?

    First, through interviewing the heads of and subordinates of leaders at each management level, we can identify acts and activities that are critical to the specific market reality and performance [...]

    What happens when leaders aren’t capable of expected actions?

    No change can happen without pain. Capabilities can be developed, but only when people feel there is a need to do so. The as-is leadership profiles help leaders wake up [...]
  • How can disengaged employees be trusted to help chart the company’s future?

    There will always be some people who are disengaged with no intent to change. These are the people an organization may rightly be cautious to trust. That said, our experience [...]

    How are the activities of leaders linked to their markets?

    By connecting to market realities, we mean that under blue ocean leadership the people who face market realities in an organization are asked for their direct input on how their [...]
  • What metrics and efforts are used to sustain blue ocean leadership?

    First off yes, the factors on the x-axis of the to-be leadership canvas tend to remain relatively stable. These factors are determined during the four-step blue ocean leadership process by [...]

    Are the change management tools the same as those you offer in the Blue Ocean Strategy book?

    Yes, largely. In blue ocean strategy, tipping point leadership and fair process are two key frameworks that allow companies to build execution into strategy making and overcome key hurdles to [...]
  • How do you conduct the senior level interviews with the employees?

    The senior managers talk directly with employees. Typically, the team in charge of conducting interviews at the three management levels of senior, middle and frontline is composed of 12-15 senior [...]

    Who creates alternative profiles for a given level?

    It is always done by a cross-functional group of senior managers chosen to lead the process. At the middle management level, they interview both the heads of and subordinates of [...]