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Rocking the Boat

Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them. – John C. Maxwell

boatPeople who rock the boat find ways to move and align teams and bring out the best of ideas especially when change is needed or during turbulent times.

So I read a few articles yesterday that give advice on how to rock the boat without being ‘thrown off’ and I had a thought, what if one focused on identifying organizations that embrace, and in fact seek, those who rock the boat instead of worrying about being thrown off and actually make a difference?

As I reflect, I see the point as one of organisational fit, how does one, who has such a skill and talent, seek and identify an organization that will embrace their value? I see organizational fit to be a combination of organizational objectives and the industry itself.

Going through an organization’s life-cycle, those in start-up, growth and exit phases need those who rock the boat to make change, to move and align people, and to understand what customers need and how to respond. In parallel, an organization that embraces those who rock the boat is one that is within competitive industries with an unlimited potential for innovation.

So what does this all mean? If you are one of those people who ‘rock the boat’, think carefully about the organization you are in and ask yourself, am I adding value? Now you know where or what you may want to look at.


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