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Shawn Kanungo

Innovate and Disrupt to Become Truly Indispensable

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    Disruptors are diverse, but they share similar traits

    Disruptors. Those persistent, inventive, maverick individuals who upend companies, industries, and countries. They can be controversial, they can be vilified, and they can be worshiped. Steve Jobs, Frida Kahlo, Steph Curry, Margaret Thatcher, Julius Caesar, and Rosa Parks all count among their numbers.

    You might love them. You might hate them. But one thing’s for sure: you can’t write history without naming them. 

    Let’s call them the Bold Ones. These individuals come from diverse backgrounds and achieve disparate aims. But there are a few things they all have in common. And studying what unifies them creates a powerful blueprint for success. Here are the four most salient characteristics shared by disruptors throughout history.

    First, they possess an innovative drive. The hallmark of bold disruptors is an insatiable desire to innovate. They’re driven by an unwavering passion to create, pushing the boundaries of conventional thinking.

    Second, they embrace risk-taking. Bold Ones see risk as a fundamental element of their journey. They perceive the world through a different lens and execute their ideas with audacious courage. They understand that groundbreaking innovations are a high-risk, high-reward proposition.

    Third, they embody individuality. Loyalty to a company isn’t their compass; they’re guided by their individual drives. Disruptors know that people, not organizations, are the true catalysts for change. It's not brands that alter history; it's the individuals behind them.

    Fourth, they facilitate strategic collaboration. While they’re fiercely independent, Bold Ones recognize the power of collaboration. They leverage the resources and clout of corporations when necessary to achieve their unique goals. They’re strategic in their partnerships, ensuring they align with their vision.

    In the current landscape, individuals are the drivers of change. To join their ranks, you’ll need to emulate the qualities of the Bold Ones. And you’ll need one more thing, too: your own desire. Don’t try and squash your drive to do things differently – let it power you on your journey to join the ranks of the Bold Ones.

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    What is The Bold Ones about?

    The Bold Ones (2023) is an exploration of how individuals and organizations can thrive in an era of rapid change and disruption. With anecdotes and actionable insights, it shares strategies for embracing boldness, adaptability, and innovation in the evolving landscape of business and technology.

    Who should read The Bold Ones?

    • Executives trying to establish a culture of disruption
    • People in creative or artistic fields seeking inspiration
    • Innovation managers and strategists

    About the Author

    Shawn Kanungo is a Canadian innovation strategist, speaker, and author known for his expertise in disruptive technologies and their impact on business and society. With a background in strategy and innovation, Shawn has worked with organizations worldwide to help them adapt and thrive in the face of rapid technological change.

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