Disrupt yourself before disrupting others.

 

“When you make a decision to start something new, first figure out the jobs you want to do. Then position yourself to play where no one else is playing. Despite our love affair with the certainty of competitive risk, the natural world, business research, and brain science all tell us that trying something new is less risky and ultimately more satisfying.“ (p 17)

“If you identify and focus on what makes you feel strong, you can also expect to be happier, which, according to researchers, ‘leads to more flexible and adaptive thinking and to enhanced innovative ability and problem solving in a wide range of circumstances.’” (p 22)

“The tendency to deflect compliments around what we do reflexively well is understandable, perhaps even justifiable, but over the course of a career (or the life of a company), it will leave us trading at a discount to what we are really worth… Don’t assume that just because something comes easily or seems obvious to you, it’s not rare and valuable to someone else.” (p 27)

“There is no shortage of jobs-to-be-done and problems to be solved. But there’s only one of you. The right problems are those that you somehow feel called to solve and are capable of solving, because of your expertise and accumulated life experience.” (p 36)

“The human mind has astounding learning capabilities but constantly seeks out constraints. Including constraints allows you to make a faster, more accurate prediction of the consequences of your actions, letting you determine which course of action will likely give you the best results.” (p 41)

“When you disrupt yourself, you are looking for growth, … you have to push and pull against objects and barriers that would constrain and constrict you. That is how you get stronger.” (p 57)

“The more closed your network, the more you hear the same ideas over and again, reaffirming what you already believe, while the more open your network, the more exposed you are to new ideas. It can be painful to be part of an open network because you may feel like an outsider, surrounded by people who don’t understand how you think. It also requires you to assimilate and manage conflicting viewpoints. But if you resist your tendency to stick with like-minded people, you will have a more accurate view of the world.” (p 63-64)

“In addition to noting what you are grateful for, make a point to say ‘thank you’  to those around you. Because expressing gratitude requires self-reflection – the ability to admit that you depend on others and the humility to recognise your limitations – it is an explicit acknowledgement that the world isn’t all about you.” (p 69)

“Disrupt yourself before disrupting others.” (p 74)

“We can natter all day about being agents of disruption, but to effect real change, we need to be the subject of disruption. Innovation starts as an inside game.” (p 75)

“According to an in-depth study conducted by Accenture, high performing companies, those that surpass their peers on financial metrics across business cycles and leadership eras, are those that develop capabilities before they need them.” (p 79)

“Learning is not linear, but exponential: there is a cumulative and compounding effect. If you do something disruptive today, then the probability that you can be disruptive tomorrow increases. Momentum creates momentum.” (p 129)

Disrupt Yourself – Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work. Whitney Johnson, 2015, published by Bibliomotion, Inc.

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