The final in our series of Shift Happens - #Shapeshifter #Leadership

“Disobedience is man’s original virtue”

One of the typical and dominant traits of a Shapemaker is disobedience.

To quote this in full, “Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man's original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion” – Oscar Wilde.

Interestingly, the characteristic of disobedience also features in the field of scientific quantum thinking.

Now, disobedience as a word immediately conjures up bad behaviour – children’s tantrums and naughtiness; adult criminal conduct or going against team orders in sport or business as examples. The dictionary definition is ‘failure or refusal to obey rules or someone in authority’ and, intriguingly, this statement is immediately followed by ‘disobedience to law is sometimes justified.’  This is the part we are interested in and what we mean where disobedience in being a Shapemaker plays a significant role. Because it enables one to step outside of the norm, outside of the box, and question the rules of the mainstream to allow new thought to come in. Disobedience and disruption in this context incubates new thinking and new innovation – exactly what is needed in this new-fangled era.

“Creative Disobedience in this age of innovation: Even more important than being an effective problem solver - is being a problem finder.”

“It’s one thing to look at a problem and be able to generate a solution; it is another thing to be able to look at an ambiguous situation, and decide if there is a problem that needs to be solved. That’s a skill that isn’t really targeted by traditional teaching methods, and in fact, it is often discouraged. In order to teach problem finding, more creative methods must be utilised. Rule-breaking, to an extent, should be tolerated and encouraged, and yes—even taught”.

The quantum world doesn’t obey. And Creative Disobedience is about How, When and Why to break the rules.

Provoke your mind

Start with provoking your mind. Ask yourself, ‘What if…?’

‘What if’ questions dare us to uncover something different, something unusual, something else, something not the same.  It brings your mind to being attentive and mindful - you are already off the starting block to being a Shapemaker in your own backyard by exploring the possibilities of the What If in answer to challenges you meet.

This can begin the process of the incubation of ideas – incubate to innovate.

A kindred question to ‘What if?’ is ‘Why not?’  Where the first question focuses on possibilities, Why Not challenges the limitations that are either real or perceived about the original idea itself.

Be bold and step out of the everyday matrix, ask ‘What If?’ and ‘Why Not?’ and turn yourself into a purposeful Risk Taker, Shapeshifter and Shapemaker.

There’s nothing makeshift about SHAPESHIFTING AND SHAPEMAKING in an uncertain and unpredictable era. Whereas ‘makeshift’ is temporary and usually a low quality solution to a sudden need, we are entering a time where vital, speedy, and sometimes momentous quality step change is required.

Changes in the world geo-political-economy drag us all into new roles and unfamiliar arrangements. Some go kicking and screaming, while others see the answer to their prayers.

“If everything seems under control, you’re just not going fast enough”

“What are we doing today that could have an impact on what could happen tomorrow?”

Author - Karin Dubois - Head of Marketing, Network Group