I am sharing a short video (and transcript, if you prefer to read) to introduce two practices that every great leader and great business need plenty of. To their detriment, most have only one and avoid the other.
Take a look and please comment on what is your approach.
Hello folks it’s David Martin. Hello from Montreal (Or bonjour!)
I am standing outside of a building where I just attended a great three day conference called C2MTL, Commerce and Creativity in Montreal. This is second time I have attended. I came back on purpose, because I knew it would rattle my brain in a good way. It would shake up the way I look at things.
At this event there were speakers that talked about topics I have not even thought about before. I made connections with people around the world who think and see things differently than I do. And when they do that they shake the way I see things. In the end, I make new connections that I would not have made before. Then I am able to bring those back to my world and create new results, help my clients in new ways. I always benefit from them.
I am never quite sure in this sort of disruptive environment what is going to help me or what I am going to gain, but always something good comes from it.
I am using this event to talk about something that is really important — disruptive practices. You don’t have to come all the way to Montreal to do something like this.
A disruptive practice is really useful and you can do it at home:
- You can do read a new magazine.
- You can pick up a book you wouldn’t normally read.
- You can call somebody new into your meeting, or just work in a different location.
All of those simple things can make new connections in your brain that can help you have insights you wouldn’t normally have.
There is another type of practice that is equally important. I call it an “Organizing practice.” Organizing practices are the things you do over and over that help you stay in your comfort zone and really feel confident. They are things you repeat – like for me I meditate, I practice yoga, I work out, I also meet with specific people at specific times. There are particular topics that I make sure I am always on top of. That keeps me organized and on task.
For you it may look different than that, but organizing practices are really useful. They keep you on track.
Too much of either one of these practices is not good. Too much of organizing practices will have you keep producing the same results over and over again and never really make any big leaps. It also makes you kind of boring. But without them you would be completely unstable.
Too much of the disruptive practices will have you scattered all over the place, and that makes it really difficult to get things done.
You need both.
That’s why I am talking about both of them because I find that most people favor one or the other and neglect the opposite.
Take an inventory in your own life, in your own work, in different places in your life.
What are the things you are doing that are organizing practices. Do you have enough? Do you have too many?
What are things you are doing that are disruptive? Do you have enough? Do you have too many? And what do you need to change there?
In either category if you don’t have enough and you are not sure what to do, you have people around you that are good at both. Ask them. Watch them. Copy them. Steal their best ideas.
Make sure you have a good balance of organizing and disruptive practices. And if you want, you can join me at C2MTL. It is always a great event. But there are plenty of events just like this that you can attend that don’t require you to travel somewhere else.
Have a great week. I look forward to talking to you soon.