When I think of "Game Changers" I always think of Michael Jordan. It comes from two things:
First, when there was time for only one shot that had to be made, his teammates knew to get the ball to Michael.
And second, in that same situation, Michael WANTED the ball. He had the confidence to make the shot. MIchael was unique because even in the middle of a game, he could shift the momentum simply by his attitude, his skill, and his leadership.
The question is:
Who's the game changer in your organization?
I love the quote: "For things to change, somebody somewhere has to start acting differently." Acting differentlystarts with action.
Stepping out and taking a risk.
I've recently re-focused my life with a bias toward "action." It's fine to discuss new ideas and I love doing that but the difference between a bureaucrat and an entrepreneur is that one is eventually willing to think differently and take a risk.
Here are some thoughts on how to become a game changer in your organization:
1. Understand what DOESN'T change.
Until you know what doesn't change, you'll never be confident of what SHOULD change. Your principles, values, Truth in other words, what matters. Figure that out first.
2. Do creative work first and reactive work second.
Most people fritter away their days doing "reactive" work answering emails, letting people interrupt your day, responding to phone calls. But if you're spending your day doing reactive work, you're spending your day working on other people's priorities.
3. Lose the distractions.
Some research indicates that when you're interrupted, it takes 30 or more minutes to get back to that same level of focus. How many of those can you stand before your day is shot? Shut the door and get to work.
4. Keep growing even when it's uncomfortable.
Never stop learning, because change only happens with new information.
Be a game changer. In a world of unrelenting change, it's the only place to be.
An internationally known writer and speaker, Phil Cooke has actually produced media programming in nearly 50 countries around the world. In the process, has been shot at, survived two military coups, fallen out of a helicopter, and in Africa, been threatened with prison. And during that time through his company Cooke Pictures in Burbank, California he's helped some of the largest nonprofit organizations and leaders in the world use the media to tell their story in a changing, disrupted culture.