“If you don’t have a big problem, you don’t have a big opportunity.” – Vinod Kosla

Given today’s economic climate, I’d say we have a pretty big opportunity. Rick Belluzo describes today’s business climate as disruptive and full of turmoil. On Wednesday morning in Rupp Arena he mapped out some ideas to leverage a disruptive environment.  I’d like to share those with you.  Here are the key points:

  1. Always strive to make a difference.  There is no situation too small or insignificant.
  2. Take tough assignments.  Stretch your muscles and grow.
  3. Be self-aware and open to feedback.  Learn from others, your successes and failures.
  4. Persevere.  Enough said.
  5. Always maintain your integrity.  Always do the right thing.

So lets put this in some context.  Remember you are the enterprise.  In his book Re-Imagine, Tom Peters writes; “Now we must take… Immediate Charge… of our new-fangled careers and identities, careers and identities that will consist of a string of WOW Projects that we perform  at a series of companies, small and large, over time.  That’s scary.  That’s cool.  Whichever, it’s life in a Brand You World” (p35).  Remember above all else YOU are the BRAND.

You can not allow yourself to be the victim.  If we live in a world of turmoil, then we can assume that at any time things can go drastically wrong.  It might take the shape of a bump in the road or it could be an inflection point. Whatever the form, you must not adopt a victim mentality.  How do you do this?  With a healthy dose of motivation and positive thinking.  I might add a whole lot of prayer!

So the question is: with so much turmoil and so many disruptions in our world, how will you leverage your talents, time and skills to solve a big problem and make your world a better place?