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How Leaders Can Turn Disruption into Advantage

By July 2, 2024Podcasts

Disruption is often seen as the big scary monster under the bed. We’ve all been there, facing unexpected changes and challenges that throw us off course. But what if I told you that the right mindset could help you not only cope with disruption but turn it into a powerful advantage?
Professor Martin Bean is so passionate about this, that he literally wrote the book on it. I was lucky enough to sit down with him to discuss the principles outlined in his book, “Toolkit for Turbulence,” and how an adaptive mindset can make all the difference.

The Importance of Mindset

When faced with disruption, many people have a natural response to become defensive in hopes of minimising risks. In contrast, an adaptive leader shifts their perspective and views adversity as a chance to push through barriers and accomplish things they wouldn’t normally be able to.

Think about it: when things go smoothly, there’s often little motivation to rock the boat. However, disruption forces us out of our comfort zones, compelling us to innovate and adapt. This perspective shift is the foundation for turning challenges into opportunities.

Resilience through Adaptability

After recognising disruption as a catalyst, the next step is adaptation. According to Martin, leaders must recalibrate both themselves and their teams. Often this means creating new tools or processes that fit the new normal.

However, it’s not enough for a leader to adapt; the whole team must be on board. To make this possible, leaders must foster a culture that embraces change and views disruption as an integral part of growth. This collective mindset shift ensures that when the next wave of disruption hits, everyone is prepared to not only survive but to thrive!

As you reflect on your own leadership style, consider how you respond to disruption. Do you see it as a threat or an opportunity? Is your team equipped to use it to their advantage?

Remember, the aim is to lead with resilience and creativity, because change isn’t going anywhere. We can fight it, or ignore it, but with the right mindset and tools, we can turn it from a roadblock to a stepping stone.


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