Punk Rock = Transformation
Many many years ago in my youth I loved punk rock. Bands like The Clash, The Damned, The Saints, The Sex Pistols, and The Jam would fill my bedroom as they resonated rebellion from the vinyl disc on the record player. Today, people believe that punk was from an era gone by - however punk was an attitude! An attitude of defiance, rebellion, anti-establishment, and disruption. It’s all the things that make up true innovation in today’s business community.
Unfortunately, as it was back in the early 80s, punk in the business community is often seen as being disruptive, and certainly not valued. Quite often when we have someone disrupt the current systems, processes, beliefs, and go against the chairman or CEO, they’re seen as being the troublemaker, the square peg in a round hole, the person who is not a team player.
My belief is that punk rules, punk is right, and punk is where businesses like AirBnB, Uber, Zappos, and all the other disruptive business models find inspiration. Punk influenced many of today’s musical greats, and in a way it should do the same thing in business - be it your side hustle, start-up, or the new generation of your established organisation.
Embrace the disruptors, entertain their new way of looking at things, hear their alternatives, and don’t be the narrow minded leader stuck in the status quo of today. Be aggressive and embrace the punk of disruption
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