Business Lessons From RGIII
Robert Griffin the third is an NFL quarterback for Washington. He is mobile, athletic and deadly accurate when passing the football. He also is the new norm for NFL quarterbacks. The old standard of the drop back pocket passer such as recent greats Peyton Manning and Tom Brady is fading away. Today’s topic is not about Robert Griffin III or the NFL. It is about what we can learn from the new development in the NFL quarterback and implement it into our businesses.
Are you still confused? This is what I am talking about. RGII as he is called; is the product of challenging the status quo and finding a different way to do something. To use a worn out cliché; it is thinking outside the box. I like to call it Turning Things On End To Achieve Results! The way to stand out from the crowd is to innovate. My definition of innovation is; “exploiting the status quo to your advantage”.
The rate of change in this world is growing exponentially. Technology and our culture are two good examples. As businesses owners we need to embrace technology and use it to our benefit and also recognize changes in our culture so we can adapt to operate in an environment that is much different than 20 or even 10 years ago. We could easily be in an era similar to the industrial revolution but not realize it. Perhaps someday history will have a name for this period. Maybe we can call it revolution by disruption. Entire industries are fading away rapidly. Look at what Amazon has done to retail. The traditional newspaper delivered to your door is facing a very uncertain future. Entertainment and information dissemination is finding new pipelines via Twitter, Facebook and, streaming content on smart phone or TV’s.
If you want to be different and to make a mark in the industry that you operate then you need to exploit the status quo to your advantage. Find a new way to do something or offer a different twist on a product.
Have a great week exploiting the status quo. You’ll thank me later.