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When Amy Jo Martin, digital media pioneer and best-selling author, decided to go against the status quo and do things her own way, her boss labeled her a “renegade” and she’s owned the term ever since. In her talk at Leadercast 2020— Positive Disruption, Amy encourages leaders to lead like renegades for positive disruption.
“Renegades are all about positive disruption, not destruction,” she says. “Renegades are constantly asking, ‘Why not now? Why not me?’ They go from the known into the unknown… Renegades are definitely comfortable with getting uncomfortable. They thrive and crave that feeling.” She shares five rules for establishing a renegade mindset.
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10/26/2020 10:58:12 am
I love the renegade mindset and what it stands for. I feel like most people are scared to do something out of the "normal" for the fear of failing or being judged. I love that Amy had the confidence in herself to step out of her comfort zone and be the renegade she was meant to be.
10/27/2020 09:48:01 pm
Yes, Amy Jo's courage to go from idea to action was inspiring. Her story of the many clients she went on to navigate from dreaming to doing showed how she was able to make meaningful connections and convert her idea into a successful business venture. Coming full circle, her advice to stay in alignment with the real you was also significant -- to make sure that the personal branding is an inside-out job, so that it’s working for us and you’re not working for it.
10/26/2020 04:24:20 pm
I really liked the "positive disruption, not destruction" remark. It really puts into perspective that times of unknown aren't bad. It could be a great opportunity to start something new.
10/27/2020 06:12:02 am
Yes! Her comment about the economic situation in 2008 as a 'hotbed for innovation'. Do you feel like that's a fair comparison to some of the disruption we are seeing right now?
10/27/2020 06:33:43 am
I love her concept of having things in 'beta'. Realizing that this creates space for grace from others, but more importantly it frees you (as the creator or organizer) to do her rule of 'listen, experiment, listen'.
10/27/2020 08:56:36 pm
I agree, the statement about having things in beta really spoke to me. The realization that my projects (as well as my own being) are in a "beta phase" allows for a more open, gracious mindset towards myself and others. I also felt like this statement fit very well with the message from the video last week about being comfortable with failure because people and projects are always changing and evolving. We are all at different stages of our "beta" phases, but it is our job to listen to and encourage one another to push towards a better version of ourselves.
10/27/2020 11:20:35 pm
When people say they wish there were someone who would improve the world in some way, renegades are the ones to step up to the challenge. I also really liked how she said that projects can be in "beta phase" which allows for you to feel open to experimenting even though you may not be sure it will be a success or a failure. Either outcome is okay, the important thing is that you are improving along the way. Another thing that I liked was when she mentioned that you do not create the brand, you are the brand.
10/28/2020 04:23:18 am
I found Amy's discovery of being a renegade to be very inspiring. I myself am not a renegade innately and often play things too safe at this point in my life. I will definitely try to adopt some of these practices to step out of my comfort zone and try to find my "inner renegade ".
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