Disruption is just like an unpredictable rhythm. In order to keep up with the unpredictability, keep these 5 steps in mind:
Break out of old habits and try new things: Sometimes, breaking out of the usual way you do things and getting out of your comfort zone to try new things can prepare you for disruption’s unpredictability.
Keep agile: Be ready to adapt to different situations at any given time as the rhythm of disruption changes at unexpected times.
Lead and guide your people: Your people may feel fear when sudden changes happen, so to keep them prepared, lead and guide them to keep up
Nurture the right mindset: Having the right mindset is probably the most important as this is the key factor to keep you going and moving in the fast-changing rhythm of disruption.
Keep creativity going: Encourage creativity in the organization to promote innovation as this helps in keeping up with disruption.
The reality of our world is this: competition is increasing, the pace of change is accelerating and even the once successful companies find themselves amongst the disrupted. Another reality we, as business leaders, must face is the struggle to stay relevant and rise above the reality of our world. We can do this by stepping out of our comfort zone and take risks. As Mark Zuckerberg once said: "The biggest risk is not taking any risk. In a world that's changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking any risks." We can never hope to achieve success unless we're willing to embrace change and risk and, sometimes, the discomfort of failure. In fact, these days we must be willing to get comfortable with failure if we want to stay relevant. The Comfort Zone The "comfort zone" concept is not new and dates back to an experiment in 1908 by psychologists Robert Yerkes and John Dodson. Their findings suggested a relationship between a certain level of anxiety and performance of tasks, indicating a comfort zone we are constantly in. By definition in the Cambridge Dictionary, the comfort zone is "a situation in which you feel comfortable and in which your ability and determination are not being tested". The point about the comfort zone is there is really nothing wrong with it. But the longer you stay in your own comfort, the more likely you and your organisation fall behind in the constantly changing world. The Three Downfalls of the comfort zone The choice between getting out of a comfort zone and remaining in it can be the difference between a business rising as a disruptor or falling into the ranks of the disrupted. Let's look at three reasons why. The comfort zone does not necessarily mean the safe zone, especially in our rapidly changing world. Even a successful business that refuses to step out of its comfort zone ultimately gets disrupted. Without change, there's no progress for yourself or your organisation, and for change to happen, you must venture outside the zone. Staying in the comfort zone can lead to missed opportunities. This happens when you remain as you are without going beyond to try new things. Comfort usually leads to the dismissal of new opportunities, because organisations assume that the way they are is good enough, so why bother changing? It is only when you step out of that comfort zone that you'll be able to see those opportunities and seize them. Third, the comfort zone acts as a roadblock to organisational growth, as well as your own. Rarely will you see organisations growing while still within their comfort zones. Just like opportunities, growth is something that is out of reach when you're boxed within your comfort zone. Yerkes and Dodson explained in their research that being in a state of comfort creates a stable level of performance. But that also means there's no development or growth as your performance is constantly the same. Taking Risks and Getting Out of the Comfort Zone Some failure is unavoidable when you take chances or risks. Not everything you try will work out, but that's the only way you can ever accomplish anything. As a great leader you need to do two things to help your organisation escape the comfort zone: become the role model for embracing failure and change the culture to celebrate failure. At the same time, you need to change the system to fail earlier, faster, and more cheaply. I know that failure can bring discomfort to many people. It is difficult to be willing to step into the unknown and take risks, but sooner rather than later you will need to learn (and lead others in most cases) to embrace failure as part of the process of experimentation. It's not easy, but it's becoming more of a necessity and less an option in the current business climate.
In any organization, building a strong and solid learning ecosystem is vital towards business growth. The elements of a learning ecosystem consists of: 1. Mindset Reflect and understand your own mindset. This ensures that you are able to understand both your strengths to make full use of and weaknesses to continuously work on. Learning is about understanding oneself first and foremost. 2. Blended Learning There isn’t a single way of learning that is a one-size-fit all. Learning can be personalized depending on your needs. For example, applying technology during in-class (offline) learning sessions or providing post-session reading material (online) can be some of the ways to approach blended learning. This allows learners to personalize their learning in whatever way is suitable for them. 3. Learning Community Building a community is a way to share your own knowledge as well as learn from others, allowing collective wisdom among the community members. A learning community can be built internally and externally. 4. Learning Environment Fostering a culture of curiosity and life-long learning is critically important in any organization for one important reason – learning is never-ending. Learning should always be encouraged within the organisation.