When you’re leading for game-changing growth, the disadvantages you face can sometimes seem daunting. Perhaps your company has entered a new industry sector and you’re facing unexpected challenges as you compete with market leaders. Maybe you’re facing a tight timeline and there are serious disagreements between employees, partners and other stakeholders about the best strategy for moving forward.
To move beyond these types of dilemmas, in this week’s Quick Take book pairing episode, we share how two very different classic best-selling books, David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell and Yes, And by Kelly Leonard and Tom Yorton actually complement each other to address these and other seemingly daunting challenges.
Taking an overview of these two books together, we share our take that the secret of overcoming disadvantages lies in reframing your disadvantages in a way that enables you to fully accept the challenge. Building on the perspectives from others who may see the situation differently and collaborating in new ways can be the secret to transforming disadvantages into advantages.
As we move into the New Year, here is a question for you and your team to consider:
How will you collaborate with employees, partners and other stakeholders in new ways that can transform your disadvantages into advantages? – Pam Harper
This week on Growth Igniters Radio:
- Why we believe the very different classic best-selling books David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell and Yes, And by Kelly Leonard and Tom Yorton complement each other
- What impacted us about how Malcolm Gladwell presents reframing apparent disadvantages in David and Goliath
- The key to the ability of small companies to rise to large challenges
- Why Kelly Leonard and Tom Yorton see that taking an improvisational “Yes, And” approach to conversations and challenges can improve almost any situation
- How we apply the art of improvisation with each other as an example of the “Yes, And” approach for collaborating to transform disadvantages into advantages
- Learn more about Pam’s keynote address at Pam Harper Speaks
- Book: Yes, And: How Improvisation Reverses “No, But” Thinking and Improves Creativity and Collaboration–Lessons from The Second City by Kelly Leonard
- Book: David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell
- Our previous book pairing: “Thinking Differently About Complex Leadership Issues“
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