The most remarkable thing in Sydney, Australia, is the Sydney Opera House. I’ve taken a tour plus seen a theater performance and a ballet there during my week’s stay here. There was a competition for architects to draw up plans for it. A young Danish architect named Jørn Utzon won the competition and created the billowing sails building we see today instead of the square non-descript buildings we see in most city centers. Just think of the change that had to be accepted on the part of the judges of that competition to go with something so unique. And yet here we are 46 years later and it’s still iconic.
What models are you using in your organization (or your life) to inspire you to take up disruptive change? The Sydney Opera House inspires me because I love the performing arts and because the building is majestic down to the last details. (Even the ladies room is full of ocean waves built into the sinks and the layout.)
You lead your team using inspiration. Whether you tell stories from your personal life, or you tell the story of the growth of another disruptive company, or you choose something that was way ahead of its time, select something visual and auditory that you and your people can relate to. Make that the symbol of your ‘north star’, your company’s vision. Help people relate their personal goals to the company’s vision. You’ll bring out their best.