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ABC Resolutions: disruption

disruption: February 12 – February 25

What if you could respond to a work crisis of any type and size?

After each disruptive event, the new state is not automatically predetermined. In the immediate aftermath, there is a deep void of uncertainty. A brief period before the new shape is fully formed and outcomes are up for grabs. From this chasm of confusion and loss, the power of disruption can be acquired. Tap into its residual energy and you can turn fate into positive opportunity and survive misfortune with action. Disruption then becomes an empowered gift.

resolve to: harness energy

Every Company Needs a Challenger in Chief

sick_girl_who_clip_art_clipart_image2Great article! Everyone in any group, whether big or small, or whether they lead it or not needs to read this article, in full! – CAL

Every Leader Needs a Challenger in Chief – Noreena Hertz – Harvard Business Review.

“We are drawn to those who echo what it is we already believe. We get a dopamine rush when we are presented with confirming data similar to what we get when we eat chocolate or fall in love. On Facebook we defriend those with different political views to our own. On Twitter we follow people just like us.

Yet a vast body of research now points to the import of contemplating diverse, dissenting views. Not just in terms of making us more rounded individuals but in terms of making us smarter decision-makers.

Dissent, it turns out, has a significant value.”

 

 

Disruptive Events: Part 3 of 3

D is for DisruptionDISRUPTION

What if you knew how to respond to a work crisis,
no matter how small or big?

MOVING FORWARD

Moving forward … ok, easier said then done. Here are ideas to help. In Part 1, I talked about the three steps of acknowledgement around disruptive events. In summary, we need to acknowledgement that:

  1. A disruptive event(s) has happened
  2. Change has already occurred; things will never be the same
  3. The disruptive change event has residual energy that can be harnessed, tapped into, for good outcomes

Let’s look at these three in more depth. Continue reading

Disruptive Events: Part 2 of 3

D is for DisruptionDISRUPTION
What if you knew how to respond to a work crisis,
no matter how small or big?

HARNESSING THE ENERGY OF DISRUPTIVE EVENTS
In my upcoming book, Do Work DIFFERENT, I have a story about a high-tech company who went through another set of disruptive events – the dot.com bust and 9-11. The story illustrates how most businesses, collectively as groups and individually as the people in them, fail to connect the dots between internal and external events and their resultant combined effect on the work we produce. How in doing so, the disruptive events not only interrupt our short-term, everyday work momentum, they push us backward. Those who see the connection, acknowledge its effects and take immediate, proactive steps to recover are able to move on. Those who deny the influence of the events take longer to return to normal, and sometimes never recover. Continue reading

Disruptive Events: Part 1 of 3

D is for DisruptionDISRUPTION
What if you knew how to respond to a work crisis,
no matter how small or big?

DISRUPTION WEARY
I didn’t sleep well the other night. Tossing and turning, I was wide awake more than once, my list of concerns looping in my head. Big on the list was the worry that I wouldn’t get up in time for the contractor coming bright and early that morning to remodel my master bathroom. There had been the inevitable start delays and as a result, the project wound up occurring on the heels of, instead of simultaneous with, termite repairs and exterior painting. I had just put the plants and patio furniture back in place the day before.

Add to this, the microwave and the printer, or rather the printer that replaced a month ago the previous printer that stopped working, broke. The time and frustration involved in replacing these is a story for another day, but all added to the not-going-well list. As I dragged myself out of bed on a rainy, fall day, I wondered why I wasn’t happy to be starting the bathroom project I had wanted to do for a long time. Reviewing all of this I realized – I was disruption weary. And the list of disruptive events was still growing. Continue reading