Fence-Sitting Is No Longer an Option


Fence-Sitting Is No Longer an Option:

Lead or Get Out of the Way

By Michel Ouellette JMD, ll.l., ll.m


Simply managing the status quo is no longer acceptable: Lead or Get out of the Way


Today, in this global age of disruption, in these times of pandemic and civil racial protest, true leaders must immediately reposition themselves to boldly guide people, their organizations and communities into the headwinds of change.


Despite the tumultuous forces swirling around us, the ability to survive, to thrive and accelerate results is directly tied to the ability of everyone to outpace change in their external environment.


The Disruption Principle


This truth is captured in two operating disruption principles strongly at play in the modern marketplace:


  • · To win today, individuals and organizations must be able to change internally faster and more dynamically than the speed and magnitude of external change.

  • To win tomorrow, individuals and organizations must create internal change capacity and capability faster than the rate of change projected to happen externally.

These two principles are reinforced by a third principle: The Disruption Principle

  • When the rate of change outside is more than what it is inside, be sure that the end is near. Irrelevance, and even extinction, is inevitable when leaders fail to observe age of disruption principles.


As the world continues to spin at a faster and accelerated rate, we will be facing new problems and opportunities, at an ever-higher rate that we ever seen in every field of activities and occupations of the human genus.


It is the leaders who will identify these problems and opportunities, who will surround themselves with great talent and move forward with disruptive visions that will completely alter the landscape and social tissue in a positive and profitable way.


Whatever you are thinking, think faster and bigger


“Today’s global leaders, politicians and organizations would be wise to disrupt rather than be disrupted.”


Today’s global leaders, politicians and organizations would be wise to disrupt rather than be disrupted. Taking control can help them avoid playing the game of social, political and economic adaptation as accidental victim. The change-before-you-have-to approach is a better strategy than the change-because-you-have-to philosophy.


Today, simply managing the status quo is no longer is a viable option. Leader-decelerators, progress-decelerators like the United States butt face and ass hole in chief, Donald Trump, tend to batten down the hatches when big changes are happening. They hope the winds of change will blow over, leaving everything the same as before.


This outdated instinctive rather than reactive and sensitive approach to leadership is and always has been a recipe for disaster.


Fence-sitters, beware.

Michel Ouellette JMD, ll.l., ll.m.

Systemic Strategic Planning, Crisis & Reputation Management

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