Why Leveraging Disruption is So Important +
Disruption is not new.
However, what makes disruption different today is its scope (more than digital), scale (global), speed (exponential) and systemic impact (everyone, everything, everywhere) across all sectors of our Australian community.
To be really disruption ready, to actively leverage disruptive change to generate sustainable value, every industry, organisation and person is a critical part of our Australian social-economic ecosystem and must play their part and be actively involved.
In doing so we must remember that in a deeply connected ecosystem we are all in this together and only as strong as our weakest link.
Organisations and their people do not work in a vacuum. Whether they are customers or suppliers, directly or indirectly, every organisation has deep interdependency with others.
Such an interdependency requires individual and organisational investment in developing the mindset, skill-set and strategic focus to understand and leverage disruptive change as an opportunity.
We are only at the beginning of our greatest challenge – deep disruptive change as the new norm and the need to ‘change ahead of disruptive change’ or fall foul of its consequences.
The Problem: A Lack of Disruption Readiness in Australia +
Australia is not disruption ready. Not only is it not disruption ready but its lack of capability to leverage disruption puts our organisations at a severe disadvantage in remaining competitive in their industries and respective markets. At a national, collective, this level severely hinders Australia’s comparative advantage on the global stage.
As the graphic below indicates, there are several issues that Australian organisations individually and combined, by value chain, industry sector and community must address.
The issue of readiness to leverage disruption does not only exist in terms of digital capability. While digital disruption is an issue, so too are the issues of disruption in business models, operating models, consumer behaviour, logistics, value chains, energy, geographic competition, employment, social structures, extreme weather, long-term climate change, the economic implications and community values.
Through the convergence of these broader forms of disruption, the early stages of a growing tsunami of change is already stunting growth and severely limiting what Australians have taken for granted for decades.
We are now in the ‘elbow’ of the global exponential change that has been forming for many years, yet little has been done in Australia to ‘change ahead of change’ to leverage this inevitable disruption.
The opportunities and risks are emerging fast and those who are looking can now see what might be gained by leveraging disruption. While the benefits are there for those who are ready, there is also another question we need to answer – what legacy will we leave for our kids and grand-kids? Socially, economically and environmentally? How will we respond when asked – “You were there, what did you do to make a difference to ensure that we would enjoy the prosperity that your generation experienced?”
The Purpose +
To act as a catalyst for organisations and their people to develop the mindset, skill-set and strategic focus to leverage disruptive change and generate sustainable value, across Australia.
The Objectives +
The program objectives are to:
- Exponentially grow the capability of organisations and people to actively leverage disruptive change and generate sustainable value
- Bring together organisations and their people to:
‘Decode disruption’ and to understand the root causes of disruptive change and its impact on people, organisations and communities
See disruption as an opportunity to be leveraged and a risk to be mitigated
Introduce them to an approach, framework and tools specifically designed to leverage disruption
Provide guidance, support and shared experience through networking with people in similar situations
Motivate them to embrace the possibility of leveraging disruptive change and generating sustainable value for all
Serve as exemplars and evangelists to drive the leveraging of disruption through critical supply and customer networks
- Deliver quality ‘courses for a cause’ fit for Australian organisations and their people to build the capability to leverage disruption
- Stimulate people and organisations within the Resilient Futures Network (RFN) to be a part in a movement toward leveraging disruption across Australia. This will be the Leaders Leveraging Disruption group (LLD)