Whitney Johnson is the author of a recent book Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work. In her previous blog on Harvard Business Review, she asserts “that disruption can also work on a personal level, not just for entrepreneurs who launch disruptive companies but for people who work within and move between organizations….when it comes to personal disruption, compensation is not just financial. Psychological and social factors also matter.”
Johnson shares Four Principles of Self-Disruption:
1. Target a need that can be met more effectively.
Disrupters look for needs that aren’t being met well. They play in markets where no one else is or wants to be.
2. Identify your disruptive strengths.
Don’t think just about what you do well—think about what you do well that most others can’t.
3. Step back (or sideways) in order to grow.
Disrupters avoid the problem of plateauing career by jumping to a new role, industry, or type of organization and putting themselves on an entirely different growth trajectory.
4. Let your strategy emerge.
Rather than performing detailed market analysis and developing a step-by-step plan to achieve a goal, disrupters are flexible.
International students seeking jobs in the US may find inspiration in the four principles of disrupting their career pathways by spotting opportunities, defining their strengths and adapting to new circumstances.