Do you really want disruption or to be disruptive?

Let’s be disruptive. Let’s disrupt our industry. Let’s disrupt our company. Let’s disrupt the game. Disruption is still cool, while “innovation” term has lost its lackluster. Last year I wrote a post “Don’t be ‘innovative’, be disruptive” and I only told half the story. Throughout this post I’m going to reference people or person but reality is that organizations, teams, governments, technology, etc. can be interchanged for people.

Guess what, most people that say they want to be disruptive or want their industry disrupted are lying. After all why would they? They themselves have worked hard to be where they are and “earned” their spot. Who wants this taken away by the new, shiny person?  Who wants to be the person that stands up and makes the decision that is against the norm and puts his/her head on the line.

Then, there are the people that want to be the disruptors, at least for a while. After all, most disruptors eventually become legacy that is prone to disruption.  That is most disruptors become the disruptable. But for the true few disruptors that keep momentum going, kudos to you because you are the few that dramatically change the world.

So why am I writing this? Well it is cool for each of us to be disruptors but there needs to be honesty around being a disruptor. Disruptors are in opposition of the disruptable majority. Disruptors are despised by jealousy and fears of the disruptables. Disruptors are going to face significant resources of the disruptables like money, reputation, and connections.  So, either find a culture or disruptive mission that is in an area that is receptive of disruption.

Now I ask you, do you still want to be disruptive? Are you positioned well to be disruptive and are you ready for the fallout that happens when others are not?  Are you disrupting to make a positive difference in the world? Hope you answer yes to these and can effect positive disruptive change.  Maybe we will speak of you like we speak of the computer above and how it has changed our world. While messy at first, in the end we are all better off for the disruptors and their disruptsion.

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Lesson from 2016 – don’t discount people’s fears…

Now we are a couple weeks into 2017 and I am starting back writing again as one of my 2017 resolutions. What better way to start out is to capture lessons from the past and in a series of posts I will do just that based on lessons that I believe we should all take away from 2016.

In 2016 many of us heard about the scary clown craze and some people have significant fears of clowns and others do not so it is a good lead in for this discussion.

One of human’s greatest emotions is fear. We make irrational decisions based on fear. Fear of not being accepted. Fear of not being good at something. Fear ob police. Fear of losing a relationship. Fear of losing security. The rational human actor of traditional economics has been debunked by behavioral economics and the irrational human actor.

This irrational human actor often acts the way they do out of fear. People are motivated by fear and make decisions that are not in their best interest out of fear. For those of us without those fears it is easy for us to discount these choices made out of fear.

One lesson 2016 has taught us is don’t discount people and their fears if you haven’t walked in the same shoes you cannot truly relate. And, instead of discounting those fear-based decisions, understand the fears, empathize with those fears, and help people get past those fears. Only by understanding, empathizing, and helping people get past fears will move people from fear-driven decisions and drive them to data-driven decisions.*

Remember people no matter where they are from, what their education is, or how they grew up still have emotions and fear being one of the strongest. Instead of negatively increasing their fear, try to mitigate fear with empathy and positive messaging.

This week those of us in the United States have a new President and it is good for us to understand that Donald Trump just like all Americans and people in the world has fears. It is each of our responsibilities to understand, empathize, and helping him and all of our fellow citizens get past their fears.

*In a future post I will be speaking about data driven decisioning and lessons from 2016 including the need to have healthy skepticism about data and understanding what it indicates and what it doesn’t indicate.

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Creating something from nothing

IoTHackDay

This weekend I participated in an Internet of Things (IoT) Hack Day and I won’t get into project specifics and all that but it got me thinking of how quick we can make something from nothing nowadays. We are able to rapid prototype things now with 3D printers, high level programming language, Raspberry PI, Arduino, and most of all people’s creativity and ingenuity. The creativity and ingenuity of people is what excites me that the best is to come despite the rhetoric you hear on the news and in politics.

Taking the concept of creativity and ingenuity into the workplace is not often encouraged especially in larger organizations and even in smaller organizations. Generally people fear change, the unknown and things they don’t understand. What people need to appreciate is embracing change, the unknown and things you don’t understand is exactly how you and your organization will thrive. If you are a manager maybe it is time to have an in-house hack day and you will be amazed what creativity and ingenuity your people have if you just empower them to utilize it.

You can learn more about the 2015 Minnesota IoT Hack Day here. Appreciate the efforts especially of Justin Grammens and Patrick Delaney in making this day a success. Thank you teammates David Quimby and Boyd Johnson for a fun and productive day.

Have an awesome week and remember to do something today to supercharge your success.

As always appreciate your feedback, emails, comments, likes, and re-tweets!

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