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If you’ve wanted to get unstuck, get ahead, and take your life to a new level, then do we have the disrupt yourself show for you.

Today I’ll be talking with Whitney Johnson, named One of the World’s 50 Most Influential Management Thinkers by Thinkers50, author of “Build an A-Team”, host of the Disrupt Yourself podcast, and the author of a brilliant must-read for anyone who wants to leap ahead, “Disrupt Yourself

And that’s just what I want to talk with her about today, about how to skip the ladder, leap ahead, and take your life and ideas to a new level.  

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Whitney Johnson, named one of the world’s fifty most influential management thinkers by Thinkers50, is CEO and founder of WLJ Advisors. Leveraging her proprietary S-Curve of Learning and Personal Disruption frameworks, along with WLJ Advisors’ expertise in coaching, teaching, and consulting, she helps high-growth companies of all sizes create innovative work ecosystems in which individuals are encouraged to learn, experiment, and change. Johnson is the author of the award-winning book Build an A-Team and host of the weekly Disrupt Yourself podcast. She is cofounder of the Disruptive Innovation Fund with Clayton Christensen, and she is a former award-winning Wall Street stock analyst and coach for Harvard Business School’s Executive Education programs.

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Key Points Discussed: 

  • What does it mean to be a disruptor and to disrupt yourself (03:42)
  • How in the world did you go from secretary to a retail sales broker and then end up catapulting your existence by studying disruptors (06:25)
  • What does “Amateurs Compete, Professionals Create” mean? (12:38)
  • The evolution of trucks and the manufacturing limits that Elon Musk faced with the Tesla Truck to create instead of compete (15:57)
  • How we are biologically wired to be disruptors and how disruptors living in the creative process makes a huge biological difference (17:07)
  • The top seven secrets to becoming a disruptor and riding the wave for all it’s worth (20:40)
  • Starting something new by figuring out the jobs to do and positioning oneself to play where no one is playing (22:34)
  • Playing to our distinctive strengths like the Koala (23:58)
  • Is there something that made you peculiar when you were young and could it be your superpower? (27:39)
  • How constraints set us free and mould us to become successful (32:57)
  • The innovation killer, what it means, and how to battle it (36:35)
  • Stepping back in order to grow and how failing is just being on the wrong S curve (41:35)
  • Billy Beane and moneyball: A fascinating story about constraints and taking a step back to grow (45:06)
  • Giving failure its due meaning and ditching shame to be truly disruptive (49:00)
  • What are Toyota’s five whys and how can they help us overcome the fear that keeps us from disrupting? (52:13)
  • The puke to excitement ratio and how it’s a good sign (57:43)
  • What does it mean to follow your north star and we do we ever get bad with disruption? (58:39)

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