Only people who are willing to think differently can out-innovate everyone around them. Thinking the same thoughts produces the same results. Leadership is all about being the brave creative out in front in your marketspace and your career versus doing things the way everyone else does them.
Business does not need more copycats. It needs more dreamers.
Apple came up with the gorgeous and now ubiquitous i pod. Now there are so many products with the letter “i” in front of it. Too much copying. Not enough leading.
In one of our corporate business conference, we were told about a CEO who did something which made me smile. He hired a young wonderkid fresh out of business school- a kid who was not only brilliant, but thought differently, and was not afraid to voice his eccentric thoughts. The mandate of the new hire ?
Sit on the company’s management team and consistently challenge ideas that fostered the status quo. This man was paid to push the envelope. To evangelize innovation. To make things better by being unorthodox in a world where most of us are afraid to leave the crowd.
So today, have conversations with people who are originals. Strive to leave the safe harbor of the known.
Make things better. Play bigger. And dream.