Elon Musk, Richard Branson, Steve Jobs… All once considered eccentric or even weird, eventually found themselves at the pinnacle of innovation. Through determination, focus, and an extremely healthy imagination, Game-Changers often find themselves forging ahead when others are still trying to make sense of what is going on. Their thinking can sometimes be so out of the ordinary that they won’t even be aware that there was a box to be thinking outside of!
What Makes a Game-Changer?
Equal parts imagination and obsession, Game-Changers are idea factories.
They see the possibilities that can create real change in their world. From musicians to artists, or a Creative Director coming up with new ways of visual communication for a brand, Game-Changers are where the original ideas come from.
They can foresee possibilities that others can’t, and through their obsession with new ideas, generate excitement amongst co-workers about these new possibilities. Game-Changers do not aim to improve, they overhaul completely. They are the pioneers of transformational change – going from what was to what can be, instead of incremental changes.
Game-Changers have an inherent need for creative expression. This creativity is often coupled with free association as they tend to rule things in rather than rule them out. Their creativity forms an integral part of who they are as people, and the freedom to express their imagination and ideas is imperative to their well-being.
This means that Game-Changers thrive in companies where it is safe to fail, i.e. where they have the freedom to express their ideas and if it fails, to quickly move on to the next one.
Game-Changers are the dreamers of the team and will embrace creative thinking in an uncensored way, allowing them to imagine freely.
For them, there is no need to use tried and tested methods or to improve previous ideas. They would much rather think of a completely new method or idea. Game-Changers who become obsessed with an idea will go from thinking about what could be to what should be. This obsession can leave other team members behind if not kept in check.
Game-Changers as Leaders
When Game-Changers are placed into leadership positions, they will most likely be catalysts or drivers of change. Many others will follow this inspiration for change and be excited and energised by it. However, others may feel hesitant and will need some assurance and coaxing before they join in with gusto. Game-Changers should be aware of this if they are team leaders or managers, and put procedures in place to ensure that their whole team is on board.
Due to their obsessive nature, Game-Changers can be seen as tenacious and inflexible. This single-minded nature can lead them to being perceived as inflexible and may cause tension with others. At these times, it is important for Game-Changers in leadership positions to communicate effectively with their teams and to allow people to digest their out-of-the-box ideas.
Top 5 Tips for Winning at Game-Changing
Tip 1: Partner with the Play-Maker
Because Game-Changers’ ideas can be a bit “out there“, it is important for them to work closely with the Play-Maker in order to get the best out of their team. The Play-Maker will be able to help build strong relationships and make sure the team is working as a cohesive unit.
Tip 2: Know Thyself
A key factor to being a successful Game-Changer is knowing that strange ideas will make some people uncomfortable.
Expecting this reaction can help the Game-Changer to alleviate some of the anxiety that team members may be feeling about change. Allowing people time to get used to new initiatives is a great way to overcome this obstacle, which goes hand-in-hand with…
Tip 3: Patience is a Virtue
It may take others some time to see the world from the perspective of a Game-Changer. It’s important that Game-Changers realise this, and understand that not everyone will “get it” straight away. What may seem obvious to a Game-Changer may be completely out of the ordinary for an Implementer. Developing strong communication and influencing skills, with a dash of patience, will be key to winning over others to a Game-Changing world view.
Tip 4: Strategists as Support
Strategists can act as a strong support tool for Game-Changers by bringing focus to new ideas and changing possibilities.
Putting these new ideas in a commercial context and creating appropriate strategies for implementing change is another way in which Strategists can assist Game-Changers.
Tip 5: Mentors
Having someone in their corner is a big asset to a Game-Changer. Someone who “gets where they are coming from” and can even help translate their vision to others who may be struggling to understand the Game-Changer’s ideas. A strong mentor can also help manage the process of influence and connect Game-Changers to others who might need their unique perspective.
Game-Changers form an integral part of companies as their ideas often drive change. Their free-ranging creativity and obsessive drive makes them extremely well-suited to start-up environments or companies that have a safe-to-fail culture. With support and freedom to follow their wild ideas, Game-Changers have the ability to initiate change on a company-wide scale. Their creativity is something to be nurtured and encouraged, as they will perform better when allowed to let their imagination roam free.
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