Disruptive Ideas move you one millimeter outside your current level of comfort. That miniscule distance, conceptually, can seem like a light year in terms of Where You Are Now and Where You Need To Be.
Disruptive Ideas are Big Ideas.
Disruptive ideas have positive outcomes. The work is hard. There are no shortcuts or quick fixes. There are no easy answers.
Disruptive ideas, and the process of working through them, are how you and your team unravel the tangled ball of yarn that your business has become.
Disruptive Ideas make you and your team a bit uncomfortable. These ideas involve identifying, deciding and taking acting on those messy sticking points in your professional and personal development which you have been putting off “until”. That “until” time is now.
Disruptive Ideas target Context: the conditions, circumstances, environment and root causes in which statements are made time after time that keep you and your team stuck in the professional mud, spinning your collective wheels. These ideas concern gaps in individual skill sets, interpersonal dynamics, production capacity and/or processes. These are the gaps which can no longer be ignored or worked around.
Disruptive Ideas allow you to confront biases and baggage and remain vigilant about their recurrence. As you and your team collaborate, you are catalyzed to move beyond what is holding all of you back from moving forward as Business People of Worth. Some of these biases and baggage are so firmly entrenched in your brain that they are your go-to reactions and responses. This garbage bouncing around your brain is the reason your first response to challenge starts with: “I’m not,” “It’s too,” “But we’ve always,” and “It will never work, why try?”
Disruptive Ideas are the conduits which liberate you and your team to inject creativity and innovation into business outcomes. These ideas keep you focused on avoiding complacency, no matter how successful you and your team become moving forward. These ideas keep your eyes and ears open for new disruptive ideas about “What’s Next?” for your industry and your business. These ideas allow you and your team to become comfortable with being uncomfortable as you become innovators instead of order-takers.
Disruptive ideas keep your minds sharp and your skills poised. You continuously asked each other: “How can we do this better, more efficiently, more cost effectively, more competitively, more creatively?”
Disruptive ideas allow you to take chances and weigh the value of risks taken. As a leader, you maintain a laser focus on identifying and understanding the implications of Disruptive Ideas. Your focus is not ticking off another item on your daily To-Do list. Rather, your collective focus becomes asking each other the constant question: “How can we create productive and profitable outcomes on behalf of our company and our clients’ companies?”
Disruptive ideas catalyze you and your team to define your value: to each other and to your clients. In understanding and articulating your value – to each other, to your customers – you collectively gain confidence in yourselves.
Disruptive ideas can involve nothing “more” than realizing that if you wake up 30 minutes earlier in the morning or travel an alternate route to work, you will arrive on time and less stressed. Disruptive ideas can involve your decision to enroll in junior college or complete those 10 hours you still are short to earn your four-year degree. Disruptive ideas can involve your decision to stop micro-managing and, instead, assume risk and lead from your sense of vision.
Which aspects of your professional DNA require some retooling and recalibration? Now that you have identified them, how will you address them? Which decisions will you make regarding retaining these habits or jettisoning these traits from your professional arsenal?
How will your – and your team’s – Disruptive Ideas create value for your clients?
Babette N. Ten Haken builds innovative, productive and profitable teams focused on excellence in the execution of strategy. Her Playbook on collaboration hacks, including tools, Do YOU Mean Business? is available on Amazon.com.