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Disruptive Thinking in Adaptive Leadership

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  • 0:04 What Is Adaptive Leadership?
  • 0:36 What Is Disruptive Thinking?
  • 1:19 Disruptive Thinking & Change
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Instructor: Artem Cheprasov

Artem has a doctor of veterinary medicine degree.

This lesson is going to go over the concept of disruptive thinking as it applies to adaptive leadership. You'll learn about numerous examples of how disruptive thinking can change organizations.

What Is Adaptive Leadership?

Adaptive leadership refers to a dynamic management style that allows individuals and organizations to adapt to changes in internal or external dynamics. Furthermore, adaptive leadership helps individuals, teams, and organizations to take care of challenges in novel ways, often more quickly and efficiently than non-adaptive organizations. One of the key components to that novelty is known as disruptive thinking. We'll go over what that is and how it can change an organization in a wide variety of ways.

What Is Disruptive Thinking?

As you just learned, one of the key traits of adaptive leadership is disruptive thinking. Disruptive thinking refers to non-traditional considerations or outside-the-box realizations. Disruptive thinking:

  1. Challenges commonly held beliefs
  2. Focuses on coming up with new solutions
  3. Creates novel ideas
  4. Is okay with failure so long as something is learned
  5. Isn't afraid of big or crazy ideas
  6. Isn't as susceptible to the criticisms of others as traditional thinking

Disruptive thinking is all about opening up your mind to any possibility, no matter how crazy it sounds, and going from there to develop a hypothesis, test that hypothesis, and either learn something from it or develop something as a result of` it.

Disruptive Thinking & Change

So it's not very hard to see how disruptive thinkers can lead organizational change within a multitude of areas. Let's go over a few examples.

Bob works for a fast food chain. The business model is pretty simple: sell burgers. But when Bob's company enters a new market in another country, he gets a bold and disruptive idea. In this market, the business model shouldn't focus solely on selling burgers, it should focus on real estate as well. Bob finds evidence that as soon as the company opens a restaurant in an area, the land and building prices shoot up. Bob's disruptive idea turns the company's local business model on its head as it focuses on building profitable malls around the area of its restaurant. Sounds crazy, right? But this example is actually quite similar to what IKEA did in real life in Russia.

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