Unleash the rebels in your small business

Creative opposition can raise the accountability of every employee within your organization. And your employees are your greatest asset. Ensure that your rebels have space to operate, feel like they are close, and are immensely creative.

In case you haven’t figured it out by now, Un_Standard is all about individuality. Our motto is to stand out by not blending in. And it takes a certain amount of rebelliousness to live by this manifesto fully. It’s good to shake things up from time to time. Those who disagree with the status quo can often see the future more clearly. And innovation is something that we are passionate about. After all, if there weren’t anyone around to challenge the status quo, we’d still be living in caves.

There are rebels among us in the small business world. And they are truly an asset to have. I’m not talking about the rebels without a cause or those willing to cross the line into being unproductive or doing anything illegal. But ones that can challenge the existing structure and propose a new and improved way to do things are what we are talking about and the ones to actively seek out for your small business.

Companies that fail to nurture creative opposition can find themselves behind the curve when innovation and remaining competitive. Rebels can catalyze innovation. So when it comes time to make some hires for your small business, be sure to be on the lookout for those agents of change. Those who can be creative and visionary enough to be able to shatter outdated policies and practices. Some larger organizations have even hired what they refer to as internal disruption units that can drive innovation. Just be sure to steer clear of management consultants that don’t fit the bill.

So what can you do as a small business to nurture this sort of rebel? There are a few things that you can do to make sure you give those rebels room to work their magic. Unleash the rebels in your small business to unlock their innovation and make your small business more competitive.

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Create the right attitude for the organization

We’re not talking about forming committees or anything like that. We’re talking about tolerating those who might push against the status quo and let them feel as if there won’t be any fear of retaliation or discrimination—factor in room for opposing voices when trying to launch new initiatives. Listen, and then learn.

Keep the opposition consistent.

Many small business owners might read a book on inclusiveness and think that the best way to tackle resistance is to encourage participation. But opposition is ongoing and should be welcomed and not tried to be silenced. Alignment is a moving target.

Conclusion

Un_Standard has a full range of solutions for businesses of all sizes to improve sales, increase customer satisfaction and get ahead of the competition. If you’d like to find out more, schedule a no-obligation 15-minute chat, click the following link and we’ll gladly show how we can make your business un-standard.

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David is both Agent Provocateur and Chief Executive Officer at Un_Standard. We create strategies for businesses of all sizes that improve customer relationships and help businesses grow. In his spare time, he loves to experiment in the kitchen, collect Scandinavian design, and chase after his two cats, Hallie Tosis and Lester Een.

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