Does it Disturb or Excite You?

8028304480?profile=originalDoes industry disruption disturb or excite you? Before you answer, consider this. Innovation is not disruption. Disruption is much, much, much bigger. Disruption turns an industry on its head. It creates massive shifts in markets, in how work is done and even if it is done.

Last blog I wrote about that feeling of being like a deer caught in headlights. I said that it was your job to get your colleagues moving from Assessment to Investment (or divestment) to Execution. Alternatively, I could have said that your job is to scare them into moving. People are more likely to listen to a positive emotional message than a negative, scary one, but instilling fear sometimes works better.

Here are some tips to help you scare them into action if you need to:

First, you need to explain that there is more happening in your industry than any of you probably realise. Check out this KPMG article on start-ups in the financial services sector. Download the infographic and check out the brands you have heard of and the ones you haven’t. There are literally hundreds of start-ups working on potentially disruptive technology plays.

Second, explain that the people working in the hundreds and hundreds of start-ups don’t think like the innovators in traditional companies like yours. They have a different appetite for risk, and many are very, very passionate about their idea.

Third, do some research for your industry and find evidence of disruption that will disturb them. Hold on to it until my next blog, when I will give you some tips on how to move them from disturbed to excited. You don’t want them left feeling down and negative towards the bearer of bad news. You want them thanking you for showing them the light.



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Bryan Whitefield works with strategic leaders across all sectors to help organisations harness uncertainty – uncertainty is the strategic leader’s best friend. He is the author of DECIDE: How to Manage the Risk in Your Decision Making and Winning Conversations: How to turn red tape into blue ribbon. He is the designer of the Risk Culture: Build Your Tribe of Advocates Program for support functions and the Persuasive Adviser Program for internal advisers. Both can be booked individually or in-house. For more information about Bryan, please click here.

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Bryan is a management consultant operating since 2001, specialising in risk-based decision making and influencing decision makers, born from his more than twenty years of facilitating executive and board workshops.

Bryan’s experience as a risk practitioner includes the design and implementation of risk management programs for more than 150 organisations across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

Bryan is the author of Risky Business : How Successful Organisations Embrace Uncertainty; Persuasive Advising : How to Turn Red Tape into Blue Ribbon, and Team Think : Unlock the Power of the Collective Mind [to be published in 2022].

He is licenced by the RMIA as a Certified Chief Risk Officer (CCRO) and is the designer and facilitator of their flagship Enterprise Risk Course since 2019.

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