Leadership Tipping Points
If you want the same result, keep doing the same thing.
You must do something different, if you expect to find new tipping points.
Lead the way by being the first one to change. Stop expecting others to change and not changing yourself.
Change is easy when someone else is doing the changing.
The mark of successful leadership is openness to personal change. When was the last time you changed the way you thought about yourself, others, or your organization?
Downturns as instigators:
McDonald’s is experiencing an upturn because they had a downturn. They had a downturn because they innovated inside the box too long.
Downturns and disruption give rise to innovation only when you open your mind and adapt. But, the dark-side of persistence is a closed mind.
Allow decline to disrupt your thinking, not congeal it.
Continuity or inflection:
The same people sitting around the same table will produce the same results.
Promote from within if you want more of the same. Hire from the outside if it’s time for transformation. New leaders generate new directions, if you listen to their voices.
Radical innovation is always wrong at the beginning.
Don’t expect the people who oversaw decline to solve it, unless they’re willing to embrace new, uncomfortable ways of thinking.
Five tips for finding personal tipping points:
- Change the people you listen to.
- Adopt new language when you talk to yourself.
- Think of the potential of your current team from a different perspective.
- Add new people to the team.
- Try something new. Go to new places. Nothing changes until you do something different.
Tipping points make leaders matter more.
How might leaders find personal inflection points?
What helps organizations find inflection points?