It’s easy to assume that high performers will be the ones to create value in the business. However, when organisations are chasing the latest ‘big idea’ to be one step ahead of competitors, a different kind of talent is required. The majority of us are wired to fit in, to follow norms, maintain harmony and not take risks. But the ability to drive a radical kind of change requires the remarkable minds of those who we at OE Cam have termed ‘disruptive talent’.
People who are a ‘disruptive talent’ think outside the box and provocatively challenge conventional wisdom to adopt new approaches and see commercial opportunities that others don’t see. When placed in the right supportive environment, they will relentlessly and tenaciously find new and better ways to deliver business success.
However, whilst ‘disruptive t’ has the potential to develop game-changing business ideas, they can be a challenge to work with and integrate within the organisation. The characteristics that give them their strength can also be the source of their unproductive or derailing behaviours. For example, a senior manager who loves to challenge the status quo is likely to be intolerant of the more accommodating approaches of others and may berate colleagues or refuse to cooperate with them. The single-minded focus that helps a brilliant engineer solve complex problems, might also make them oblivious to the needs and learning styles of their co-workers, acting in ways that may frustrate and upset them.
The way in which organisations innovate through ‘disruptive talent’ is by creating tailored, integrated programmes to ensure that these individuals are supported in the right environment with the right approach, and that their derailers are anticipated and managed effectively.