Many people mistakenly believe that disruption is about technology and that you have to be a geeky entrepreneur to be successful in developing your business in the digital world. But disruption is about all but technology. It is a management discipline.
Disruption has become a buzzword, which is often labeled with digitization. Even though these concepts are related it is important that they are not put in the same category. Learn how to distinguish and get ready for the digital change and opportunities in this column by Thomas Honoré.
We keep chasing it. The success. Every day, every quarter and every year. We constantly want to see improvement and reach our goals. In business, success is essential. However, success has a downside. We become dazzled by it, and then we don’t understand the reason for the success. Therefore it is important to be more skeptical of the success than of the defeat.
Disruption hits all industries, from free newspapers, car sharing and low-cost telecommunications. We all know examples from Airbnb and Apple, but disruption is not just something from Silicon Valley; it happens everywhere. Columbus’ CEO Thomas Honoré is co-author of the book Disrupt or die, which is released on May 9.
In a time when work is borderless and demands on us keep increasing, stress lurks just around the corner. But the gradual transition between work and leisure also means that we need a clearer distinction between being busy and having stress.
Poor cooperation with the manager is the most common reason for resignations. As they say, “employees come to the company, but leave the manager”. However, that is a cheap argument, where the employee disclaims the responsibility for his or her own situation and career. If you are happy with your job, there is much more to learn from staying in the company and learn from the differences.
Everything went well! Through the years, companies had positioned themselves in the market, the competitors’ strategies were well known, the customers’ needs were predictable, and even though the competition was tough, there was and understanding of the market dynamics. Then suddenly – out of the blue – an extreme disruption occurred. Today, we call it the digital disruption.
When is the victory greatest? When do you learn the most? Is it when you head the high road to success? Or is it when you overcome difficult hurdles, almost giving up and despite all odds finally celebrate your success?