- Product strategy
- Business models
- Leadership and management
"If I am not upsetting the proverbial apple cart, then I am adding little value. By merely maintaining what has been done in the past, I will bring about little if any gain. Don't misunderstand. This is not about stirring the pot for the sake of stirring the pot. Disruptive leadership must be purposeful and backed by a vision."Another good one by Ted Santos talks about how good leaders create problems:
"What separates extraordinary leaders from managers? One way to distinguish the difference is to compare the mindset of leaders and managers. Managers are great at solving problems. Leaders, on the other hand, exude their greatness by creating problems."A disruptive leader stirs the pot, thinks out of the box, is willing to challenge the norm, thrives on change and uncertainty, and most importantly of all, can navigate the turbulent political waters that inevitably are created in reaction to the various disruptive strategies AND leaders. A disruptive leader creates a company culture that embraces all of these concepts. These leaders are few and far between. I loved a quote from a recent article in the Economist on the career of Subramanian Ramadorai:
Mr Ramadorai believes dealing with adversity only makes companies stronger. "If everything is peaceful, you don't push yourself," he says."Adversity" has negative connotations, just like the word "disruptive." But as Mr. Ramadorai says, adversity makes you stronger. I think being disruptive does too.