Ultimate Disruptors– Break All Rules– TRUMP Enigma: Rebels With A Cause Do Unthinkables – Politics of Disruption…

‘Disruptive’ is the ultimate cliché; it’s the buzzword that has become synonymous with innovation, transformational… it’s chic, cool, cutting edge, beyond-the-know… In the eyes of disruptors– nothing is so essential that it cannot be replaced… and no single– company, government, political party… is too perfect not to be challenged…

Disruptors are true rebels who rock the boat with ideas so crazy that they just might work… These are people who make you think, and open-up new possibilities… they challenge status quo, create confusion, disorder… they interrupt, impede… they break apart and alter normal and expected behavior… Many business leaders, politicians, social activists… try to sell themselves as a great disruptor (¿un gran disruptador?) and ultimate agent of change…

According to Jill Lapore; disruption is a theory of change– founded on; panic, anxiety, shaky evidence… however, disruption theories do not provide a solution for– how to disrupt, when to disrupt, where to disrupt…

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According to Steve Denning; don’t confuse the diagnosis with the disease; understanding disruption and how to deal with it is a key task of leadership… In the globalized world disruption is all around us – like it or not it’s inevitable that the world you live in is going to be disrupted sooner or later… And to succeed corporations need to implement management principles that delight customers, employees, communities, stakeholders… it’s a shift from controlling individuals, to enabling teams, to networks and ecosystems; a shift from bureaucracy, to agility and dynamic linkage; a shift in values from primacy of efficiency, to the primacy of continuous innovation and transparency; and a shift from one-way top-down communications, to multi-directional conversation…

Disruptor is a word that is also used to describe public figures, such as; politicians, social activists, celebrities, scientists, other leaders in their fields… Donald Trump is a classic disruptor… he honed his skills in business and deal-making, and now he’s bringing it to politics…He is changing the rules of the political game and the old rules do not apply any more… Trump is ‘enigma’… he’s breaking rules,  disrupting status quo, he’s rebelling… But what is his ’cause’?

According to Jessica Yellin; Donald Trump is breaking all the political rules and doing the unthinkable… and in reaction, the so called– political establishment and beltway insiders… are ‘whining’, saying; it’s not suppose to work this way…

The problem is that this ‘insiders’ are all playing from the wrong rule book… Trump is playing politics by a different set of rules… Trump knows exactly what he is doing… as he wrote in his book ‘The Art of the Deal’; play to people’s fantasies… people may not always think big themselves, but they can still get very excited by those who do… that’s why a little hyperbole never hurts– bravado, exaggeration, hype… aimed at the ‘heart’ and not the ‘head’– can be very effective…

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According to Philip Thomas; disrupt or be disrupted, it’s inevitable– rapid advancement of technology, new business models, power shifts in global economies, buying influence from sellers to buyers… have all changed the rules of engagement, and disruption is the new normal… in a disruptive environment, organizations must be more– connected,  agile, creative, innovative… to survive; it’s the survival of the fittest, and the fittest are the disruptors…

In the article Wonder in Age of Disruption by Jeffery Davis writes: It’s an age of disruption and it bring with it, unlike any other emotional experience, a ‘state of wonder’– and you may ask; where, why, what, when… History note: During highly disruptive  centuries  of the 1200s-1700s, no other emotional experience was debated and described as much as ‘wonder’ was… And it’s argued that no other human emotion is being as pervasively experienced right now, today, as ‘wonder’ and related faces of– astonishment, surprise, sublime terror… These are the best of times and the worst of times, but one thing is certain: it’s a time of uncertainty…

When you think something is ‘up’ it may actually be ‘down’, when you think something is ‘true’ is may actually be ‘false’… at times you may even feel as if you are falling down a matrix-like rabbit hole; it’s terrifying, it’s exhilarating, it’s dazzlingly, it’s wondrous… it’s an ‘age of wonder’… As a ‘creative’ you are called to rise to the times, and not falter from them… ‘Call to wonder’ is about being ‘more creative’ than ‘reactive’ at a time of fertile confusion… For a quick perspective on tracking ‘wonders’ (i.e., ‘wonder trackers’) consider:

  • Global economics is disrupted: Corporate work no longer relies upon your loyalty in exchange for lifelong benefits and a retirement plan. Consequently, more ‘wonder trackers’ are calling upon their– wits, communities, peers, and self-learning to re-create their roles in the world… Micro-businesses and creative enterprises continue to increase as market segments…
  • Politics is disrupted: While certain governments across the globe seem embroiled in extremist ideologies that stalemate authentic action, more and more ‘wonder trackers’ have turned to– local political action, grassroots action, and meet-up action to make things happen. Creative action and community are alternatives to cynicism…
  • Education is disrupted, so is deep thinking: The digital age seriously call into question what it means to be educated and how you should be educated. You can access information and new knowledge at astounding rates. On one hand, the pied-pipers of the digital age call for the demise of universities. On the other hand, ‘wonder trackers’ seek intelligent ways to transform education, without succumbing to mindlessly embracing of gadgetry for gadgetry’s sake…
  • Analog world of flesh and objects is disrupted: iThings, clouds, augmented reality apps… call into question what is real and what is virtual, what is physical and what is digital… ‘wonder trackers’ find ways not to react like ‘luddites’, but also to create things and experiences that bring the analog and digital world together…

In the article Break All the Rules by Marcus Buckingham writes: Great leaders seem to have little in common; they differ in sex, age, race… They employ vastly different styles and focus on different goals… Yet despite differences great leaders share one common trait; they don’t hesitate to break virtually every rule held sacred by conventional wisdom… They don’t believe that a person can achieve anything if they set their mind to… They don’t try to help people overcome their weaknesses…

They disregard the golden rule… and yes, they even play favorites. For companies and organization to disrupt and continuously innovate it requires a work environment that is consistently disrupting, where team members are agile in analyzing, rationalizing, producing… literally on their feet…

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An adaptive culture embracing uncertainty and a work environment that is– resilient, inventive, responsive… According to Brian Solis; any business, any organization, any industry… is not immune to change, and the mantra– disrupt or be disrupted– it’s inevitable… Hence prepare for a disruptive, untethered world… where organizations evolve through agility, creating unimaginable solutions, leveraging rapid advancement of technology in a radically, constantly evolving globalized environment… A fundamental fact to understand about disruptors is that they are indifferent to what people say… They are what psychologists call disagreeable– they do not require approval of peers in order to do what they think is correct…

According to Malcolm Gladwell; successful disruptors are people who are capable of an active imagination… they reimagine the world by reframing the problem in a way no one had framed it before… and they reinvent solutions… It has nothing to do with vision or insight, and not even brains or resources… What sets them apart is– not what is in their heads or pockets, but what in their hearts…

According to James Altucher; you are told from an early age that– ‘you can’t do that’ or ‘be obedient’… or, there are consequences, e. g.; you get punished, or people hate you, or people get angry, or people think you are crazy… but this brainwashing is all hogwash. Here is simple rule; do the opposite or different from the norm and what is expected– and you too are a disruptor…

disrupt5 thDisruption is not about technology at all, it’s all about economics… it’s about delivering– more, better, different… it’s about delivering– choices that people can make to better ‘value-maximize’ their decisions… act in their own best interests, as they perceive them… The idea of ‘value-maximization‘ is a founding principle in consumer psychology– most consumers seek to get the best deal, i.e., benefit/ bang for their buck, as they see it…

And by giving people more choices for them to ‘value-maximize’, it becomes a force for market rationalization, i.e., deliver the value (in whatever form it takes) to fully delight your consumers… In other words, disruption is about market rationalization, e.g.; think– music, publishing, travel, hospitality…

That is what disruptors do; they target inefficient markets (i.e.; business, government, social, political…) with different and better choices that offers a superior value proposition– economic, functional, social, psychological… benefits!