Eliminate Your Own Job

Eliminate Your Own Job

On a long enough timeline, the survival rate for every job drops to zero. There are people and companies out there designing substitutes for what you do, and they are going to succeed at some point. The situation is ever more urgent because innovation cycles are getting shorter.

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The Confidence to Disrupt

The Confidence to Disrupt

For ideas to become real, support from others is imperative. Disruptive innovations directly affect a number of stakeholders, in some cases across multiple companies. These stakeholders include not only executives and customers, but peers in other departments and frontline employees. All of these people care greatly for the continuity of their processes and outputs, and they are not going to support an idea that threatens to harm them. They need to see confidence to take on the change risk. 

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Individual Contributors (Should) Make the Best Innovators

Individual Contributors (Should) Make the Best Innovators

How can a mid-market or big company be as good at quickly innovating as a great start-up? By putting more empowerment back in the hands of individual contributors. To understand why this works and how to achieve it, it’s important to understand the make up of start up employees. Start up employees are:

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The Enemy of Innovation is Quality

The Enemy of Innovation is Quality

Employees and suppliers tend to self-assess their value based on quality levels. In other words, the number of times out of 100 the output was delivered correctly. If the target quality level is met or exceeded consistently then there tends to be a false sense of security about value. The truth is, your quality can be 100% every day and your value can be low. It can even be zero.

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Disruption in Your DNA

Disruption in Your DNA

Disrupters make impactful change in their organizations as a course of habit. It is not a special effort and it is not daunting or stressful. It is organic because it’s in their DNA. Disrupters are different because of how they view their outputs. They became rock stars and now their vision has expanded.

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