Batman didn’t shrink from any challenge. Neither did any other Superhero.
Neither should you, if you are determined to breakthrough.
Developing the Superhero Attitude is first of four aspects of disruptive leadership that we will discuss over the next few weeks.
3 Aspects of an Attitude
There are 3 parts of an attitude, according to the ABC Model of Attitudes.
A – Affective
Our attitude about change and disruption is marked by a feeling. It likely terrifies many. I know when I hear about how Artificial Intelligence could threaten every job with 5 years, I get a little anxious, more than a little fearful.
How do you feel when we talk about disruptive change? (Be honest.)
B – Behavioral
I could let that fear paralyze me. We have all seen it in the movies, when something terrifying happens, the characters freeze, giving opportunity for the villain to win. That is why they need a SuperHero.
What action do you take when you have those feelings?
What do we think when we have those feelings and behave the way we are conditioned? Or do we think at all? Many freeze, unable or refusing to think their way through it. so their fate is sealed, unless someone rescues them. After reading the post a couple weeks ago, we know that we benefit most when we are the SuperHero of our own disruption.
What do you think when faced with disruption?
What does a Superhero feel, think and do?
The Superhero accepts the seemingly impossible challenge. Did you ever hear Batman, Wonder Woman or Superman say, “No, that sounds too difficult. I think I would rather play it safe.”
Absolutely not. The SuperHero thinks bigger and reaches higher.
When Batman gets the call from Albert, he doesn’t panic or call another SuperHero to help out. Wonder Woman doesn’t scream or fall down or break a heel like the typical blonde in a slasher movie. In the same silly way, many leaders, managers and employees believe change is bad so they feel fear and allow it to paralyze them. What could have been a great opportunity turns into a predictable problem.
Instead, Superheros suspend their feelings and focus on the needed behavior. They recognize those that need their assistance, feel a sense of urgency and then plan their strategy. Despite the seemingly insurmountable odds, they accept what needs to be done, think of the best way to approach the problem and go about doing it.
Look around and you will see Super Heroes among us, dressed more like Bruce Wayne than Batman.
Captain D. Michael Abrashoff wore a Navy uniform but might as well been dressed like a Super Hero for the disruptive attitude he employed. He embraced disruption instead of despair when he was given command of the worst rated ship in the Pacific Fleet. He saw opportunity in what many never thought possible. So he changed his thinking and behavior, engaging his team by rewarding sailors for doing something right instead of the standard approach of punishing sailors for doing something wrong. That Super Hero Attitude was contagious and in just one year, the ship was named best in the Pacific Fleet.
- What is your attitude about disruptive innovation?
- Does it paralyze you?
- Or does it inspire you to put on your favorite Super Hero Attitude?
Your team is waiting for a Super Hero. Will you accept the challenge?
Become the Disruptive Leader and Break Through
I am Dr. Loren Murfield and I work with aspiring and emerging leaders to breakthrough and become disruptive leaders, doing the impossible by changing the paradigm of their thinking and telling powerful stories. If that is your desire, contact me today.
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