For Sound Advice, this masterclass confirmed:
- Sound Advice is a disruptive entity (modernising Ireland’s deaf sector and education)
- The disruptive effect of bilateral cochlear implants (children hear speech in both ears)
- Visible role models transmit core values, coach others along a new path of alignment, empower others in line with shared objectives and convey logic with data, as required.
- eGovernment services can save capital by observing and emulating disruption models presented by start-up entities like Sound Advice, and others linking multiple sectors.
Team Diversity Counts
In her presentation, Gorman posited that business entities can effect change by striking balance with competing talents as the key to driving innovation. As Gorman noted:
“It’s important to recognise the value of diversity. The best collaborations are done when you fill out the spectrum, exploiting different people’s distinctive competencies. You don’t want average here and in this case the middle ground is a dangerous area. “
Gorman’s slides, Striking the Balance between Disruption versus Direction Using Situational Leadership to Drive Growth, observed that: “Disruption breaks rules and challenges the very assumptions that provide guidance and direction to ongoing business“.
Focus – And Motivation
Slide number eight said everything. In a visual model of disruption, focus and motivation are clear tenets of disruptive behaviours. Solutions get driven by tenacious problem-solvers who are also visionaries, ‘skunkworks’ leaders and founders/entrepreneurs. At a lower action-orientation level, disruptive ideas are executed by these provocateurs and expert critics, whose vision includes kickstarter tendencies and thought partnerships with others.
- Harnessing productive disruption within teams can catalyse innovation for businesses.
- Challenging Limiting Beliefs Is A Leadership Skill