development, leadership

Disrupt with Intentional Advancement

Disrupt (verb)

  • interrupt (an event, activity, or process) by causing a disturbance or problem.
  • drastically alter or destroy the structure of (something)


In my very first blog post, I wrote about disrupting. My version of disruption in the writing was to disrupt with intentional advancement. Intentional advancements can be made by interrupting and altering day to day activities. I also believe the disruption can be done in a caring way and by gaining support.

A few weeks ago, I was chatting with a co-worker about roles inside the company. He mentioned that he needed frequent job changes, and I would agree that I need the same. But when job changes are not a possibility, I explained that disrupting and recreating is necessary to maintain engagement in roles. Now, disrupting may not be appropriate or even needed for some people, but when you are finding yourself bored or disengaged, my proposal can reinvigorate you. You can create a ripple or wave, but either way, do it with care.

Here are my suggested approaches to disrupt for intentional advancement and to maintain engagement:

  • Do your best to place yourself outside the team in thought. You may want to gain feedback from others who are impartial to your situation. Look for places to increase efficiency, expand the business, create customer or employee engagement, or other transformational opportunities. Drive beyond the status quo.

“Influential people are never satisfied with the status quo. They’re the ones who regularly ask, ‘What if?’ and ‘Why not?’ They’re not afraid to challenge conventional wisdom and they don’t disrupt things for the sake of being disruptive; they do it to make things better.” – Travis Bradberry

  • Show your influence and move your idea forward. Develop the idea and put together a plan for executing the idea.

“To me, ideas are worth nothing unless executed. They are just a multiplier. Execution is worth millions.” – Steve Jobs

  • After your idea is a reality, care for your creation by further tweaking and promoting.


Consider disruption as an action to stay engaged when job changes are not a possibility. Please share your thoughts and comments. An interactive audience enables learning for us all.


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