This is part one of a three-part series on disruptive thinking – a way to shake things up and help your company gain productivity and efficiency. Part one will explain why. In parts two and three, we will focus on how managers and employees can create a culture of disruptive thinking.
Change can be hard.
Change means challenging the status quo, welcoming possibilities and detonating existing patterns, which often runs counter-intuitive to the corporate culture mindset.
The creators of the iPhone or Google Glass weren’t just content with existing technology. They were thinking how can we take mobile technology and simplify it; yet make it more useful, more productive.
They were disruptive thinkers.
Disruptive thinking isn’t always easy.
Being immersed in the day-to-day activities of a company can limit thinking and make it harder to see the forest for the trees.
As a small business manager, it’s okay if you don’t have all the answers. However, you must be open to questioning of the status quo, updating outdated processes or technology and the discussion of a brand new or wildly creative idea.
If you are open to new ideas then you can tap the power of disruptive thinking to improve products, increase business efficiencies and make happier, more productive employees.
If it ain’t broke, try fixing it
The “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” attitude is disruptive thinking’s nemesis. Often, it’s the unbroken aspects of your business that provide the best opportunities for innovation. The reason we ignore these aspects is because they seemingly “work”, and they never change.
The status quo is comfortable. It’s what we’re used to. Still, companies are increasingly leveraging disruptive thinking for improvement because competition demands it. Forward-thinking small business management means actively seeking aspects of business that are not perceived as a problem, in a place where others wouldn’t normally look.
Who is challenging you?
A common misconception is that if no one is challenging the status quo, then things must be going well internally. This can be a costly mistake.
Why? Other companies – and probably some of your competitors – aren’t settling for “okay.” They’re evaluating the competition, staying flexible and are open to new ideas. They push against the old and consistently ask if there’s a new way to do things. They ask themselves if the current way is still the best way. If it isn’t, they change it.
Are you challenging yourself to step out of the status quo comfort zone?
In part two, we delve into the “how” and provide tips for small business managers looking to tap into the power of disruptive thinking.
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