If you are an avid reader it is quite likely that you would have already come across the term “disruptive technologies.” The Harvard Business School professor, Clayton M. Christensen used the term for the first time in his 1997 best-seller “The Innovator’s Dilemma.” The term “disruptive technology” is used to indicate a differentiator product or service that diminishes an established technology into oblivion.
There is no need to be confused by the high-sounding words. Just look into the simple example. Do you remember the old means of communication, where you were writing letters and exchanging information through the surface mail? Email completely transformed the way we communicate today and it disrupted the postal industry.
The two types: The author of the best seller brought out two categories of new technologies: sustaining and disruptive. The same is applicable to your career growth as well. The most common and highly practiced form of career growth is sustenance. Here you toil hard year after year to achieve incremental career growth. You try to bring out your best performance in order to gain the “A” class increment which may be to the tune of 20% of your salary.
Sustenance: This is a standard practice in most of the industry and you end up being classified in different categories and end up with an average of 10% increment. Year after year you sustain your career till you begin to feel dissatisfied. How about disrupting your career? If I go by the literal meaning it means putting a break or ending your career. You definitely do not want it this way.
Disruption: The term “disruption” indicates that a break is required in the way you are progressing with your career. A radical change in methodology is what you need. It is something, which will transform the career growth path. In other words, you would be moving up the ladder at a faster pace and would be the blue-eyed boy of the industry. Chances are that you will be in demand by the competitors as well.
Methodology: So how do you disrupt the normal practice and catapult yourself to the high league. First of all, you have to start looking at things differently and break the monotony of only doing routine work. Challenge the way things are done into radical differentiators. You may be able to do only one big change, but that is what is required.
Here are a few examples:
- Use of 3D printers to cut down on prototype part development time
- Use of ERP and online systems to cut down on unnecessary paperwork and documentation
- Energy source change and optimization
- Use of automation and advanced robotics
Technology: Most of these are linked to use of better technology into your workplace. That is the way to disrupt the age-old practices running in the industry and bring about an improvement and transformation. That is likely to give a boost to your career. Plan the move and take the seniors and colleagues into confidence. Disruption is not easy. You have to break the ice to create a path.
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