October 24, 2013 - FILED UNDER Agile Business
Thursday Thought Leadership Roundup: Discomfort, Disruption, and What Thought Leaders Read
It’s that time again — Thursday is #thoughtleadership day (follow us @Mindjet for daily tips and other news).
Below are three standout examples of thought leadership that rose above the internet din this week. As always, check them out and let us know what you think!
Why Your Thought Leadership Strategy Should Make You Uncomfortable
When he created his masterpiece, “The Thinker,” French artist Auguste Rodin created a man in an awkward, unnatural, and uncomfortable position: sitting, with his right hand on his left knee, supporting his chin.
Take a minute and try to replicate this position. It’s awkward. Unnatural. And uncomfortable. You have to think just to get into that position.
When I hear “thought leader,” I think of an individual or company that audiences (inside, outside, and shoulder-to-shoulder) recognize as the foremost authority in their area of specialization, and who/that profits from this recognition. To be deserving of the title of thought leader, you have to get familiar with an awkward, unnatural, and uncomfortable position. And, you have to get comfortable with discomfort itself, because that’s the fertile ground from which innovation springs.
Our take: If the key to true innovation is a willingness to upset the status quo, then settling into a safe and comfortable rhythm should be the last thing you encourage in your company. Allow dissatisfaction to breed better ideas, and discomfort to inspire change.
Global Thought Leaders: Hal Gregersen [VIDEO]
“Part of being a great leader is being innovative — creating solutions that no one else has seen. So if I make choices to build new businesses, to build new ideas that make a powerful, deep impact, I need to change my actions to produce those sorts of creative ideas.”
[In this video], INSEAD Professor of Leadership Hal Gregersen, shortlisted for the Thinkers50 2013 “Innovation Award”, explains what sets disruptive leaders apart from the pack.
Hal Gregersen is Senior Affiliate Professor of Leadership and The Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank Chaired Professor at INSEAD. He is coauthor (with Clay Christensen and Jeffrey Dyer) of The Innovator’s DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators (HBR Press, 2011). His other co-authored books include: It Starts With One: Changing Individuals Changes Organizations (Wharton, 2008); and Global Explorers: The Next Generation of Leaders (Routledge, 1999).
He has penned over 50 articles in journals like Harvard Business Review and Journal of International Business Studies. Along with Dyer and Christensen he has developed the World’s Most Innovative Companies list with Forbes.
Our take: Shaking things up to spark innovation makes sense, but hearing from a bonafide industry thought leader on how to become the kind of person who can be purposely disruptive — and manage the consequences of doing so — is extremely valuable. It’s not typically the theory of disruption that confuses people, but the execution.
You Are What You Read: 14 Thought Leaders Share Their Bookshelves
From The Four Hour Work Week:
Storytelling is a powerful force, as I’m a fan of reminding people. Stories—fiction and non—make ideas stick; they change minds and shape us in often subconscious ways. I believe the mind of a well-read person is heavily influenced by the books of her past.
Our take: We’ve talked before about how reading more can vastly improve your productivity, so it’s no surprise that noted thought leaders .