How many game changers do you employ?

If 78% of game changers – those who effect significant shifts in the current way of doing or thinking about something – have left companies to work for themselves, what type of employees remain?

The survey by eg.1 on the DNA of Game-changing Teams goes on to quote Steve Jobs and his Think Different speech in 1997

crazy ones Steve Jobs

“Here’s to the crazy ones.
The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers.
The round pegs in the square holes.

The ones who see things differently.

They’re not fond of rules.
And they have no respect for the status quo.

You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.
About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them.

Because they change things.

They push the human race forward.

While some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius.

Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do”.

AND most times they are a pain to manage because they don’t readily conform to the traditional business structures, hierarchy, policies and procedures – they keep jumping out of the box.

As a result they tend to be labelled as risk-takers, perfectionists, visionaries, mavericks, disruptors, villains, dysfunctional, non-conformists or simply too much trouble; and are often sacrificed for an easier life or for a safe pair of hands that will continue to do what we’ve always done.

BUT with a sponsor they can make a real difference as they see things before others, they have imagination and vision; they are not deterred by failure and strive to solve problems. They thrive in a culture where it is safe to fail and are praised for trying rather than criticised for failing.

YET the key to organisational success is getting all these individuals working with others, as one collective team – and that’s what good people managers do!

To survive and succeed Game Changers need a sponsor in the business – are you sponsoring a game changer in your business?

Since 2013 I have been helping ambitious SMEs with their Strategic and Leadership challenges.

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