Here's 3 Things You Can Do With Talent Claiming "Disruptor" Status...

If you're in the business of thinking about management and leadership, you'll get this post.

We love to celebrate the disruptors, right?  Big ideas, crazy results, etc. Rainman

Of course, the dirty little secret is that we only love the disruptors that don't get capped at the knees by the cultures they are trying to change.  The disruptors who don't make it?  We hate them.

We only celebrate the disruptors who make it.  The ones who don't are freaks/abnormals/cancers.  To tell the difference, you probably need to focus on the ideas rather than the behavior.

On my mind today related to this great post on LinkedIn by Bob Lyons (read it all, but here's a snippet):

"The legend of Steve Jobs is immortal. There have been countless articles, books and movies made about him and the way he founded and ran Apple. He was such a hard ass, he got fired from his own company in 1985. The establishment people he personally hired and surrounded himself with said they wanted him out. These were not strangers he inherited. How bad did it have to be for that to happen? In 1997 , on the verge of bankruptcy, Apple acquired the company Jobs created and made him CEO once again. Shortly after, products like the iPod, and iPhone started to hit the market. Apple even created a phenomenal customer centric experience through its Apple Stores unlike any consumers had experienced before (and some say since). Jobs certainly goes down as one of the great disruptors of our time, but going through it during its formative years was considered "hell on earth."

Bob's got some other great examples in his post so go check it out.

I'll leave you with this from my notebook after thinking about Bob's post:

Shit stirrer + no good ideas = fire immediately.

Shit stirrer + good ideas = incubate from rest of company and find mentor to round the corners.  Fire later if experiment fails in epic fashion.

Shit stirrer + good ideas + ability to execute through others = execute employment contract and find handler similar to Tom Cruise handling Dustin Hoffman in Rainman.

KD out.

Stuff the Capitalist (aka KD) Likes: The Trailer for "Logan"...

Who am I?  Who cares?  Good questions.  It's my site, so I'm going dig in once in a awhile by telling you more about who I am - via a "Stuff I Like" series.  Nothing too serious, just exploring the micro-niche that resides at the base of all of our lives.  Potshots encouraged in the comments.

I'm not a big comic book movie guy, but I have to say, the trailers for "Logan" (supposedly the final Wolverine movie in the X-Men series) look fantastic.  Take a look (email subscribers click through to see the video) and let's discuss it after the jump.

 What's it take to make a movie trailer like this?  

--Dystopian feel to the color and landscape. Check.

--Characters that are flawed yet cool. Check

--Great music over the trailer - aka, Johnny Cash covering Nine Inch Nails.  Check.

--Huge Jackman.  ##@#*@# @#@@ing Check people!

OK, now to the serious comments.  If you're over 40, how can you watch this trailer and not see yourself from a career standpoint?  You're a hero and talented, but tired.  You've got a mentor or two that's always in your grill about something - and they're usually right.  And yeah, you still have a lot to give, and probably a responsibility to lead some young folks that are coming up.

True - you and the equivalent actors in your life are nowhere near as cool as these characters, but there it is.  You're flawed. The world's going to keep coming.  Might as well flex the claws and get to the business of impaling some bad guys.

(Bonus - the trailer used for the Super Bowl was a cool version of Amazing Grace - click here to see that one)

We are all Logan.  

SMALL WORLD: From Now On, Just Call Me "Mr. July", Not KD...

From the category of "too weird to be true", a colleague of our founder/my business partner at Kinetix (Shannon Russo) was traveling the globe and found himself in a conference room in Hyderabad in India.

He glanced at the walls while he was waiting and saw our company name, Kinetix.  Wow, he thought, I travel halfway across the world and I get a ping from Kinetix in this conference room.

How did that happen? Some human capital company/job board in India included me in a calendar that they did, complete with my image, title/company and a custom piece of text ripped from my LinkedIn profile.  I've never heard of the company and no, I didn't authorize this use of my image, but I'm less than bothered.  Seems like a compliment.

See image of the calendar below (email subscribers click through for the photo of the calendar).

Mr july

Do you feel inspired?

First time in my life I've been called Mr. July.  I'll take it.

MOMS: This Video of a Son Thanking His Mother Will Make You Cry...

To all my readers who are Moms... Happy Mother's Day.  You're a special group, and while your kids love you more than they love their Dads (deal with it guys, it's true.  They're the caretakers and you can never, ever compete with that), you still don't always feel the love you deserve as your family goes through it's daily life.

My mom passed away on January 1st of this year, and I was there when it happened.  I'm still not ready to fully talk about it here. But I can tell you that sitting in her house alone in the days before the funeral were both scary and uplifting at the same time.

It's easy to see why it was scary.  The first day back in the house after she passed it hit me - I'm alone (my dad passed away way too young - just like my Mom - in 2005).  Damn, that's jolting. But as I sat at her kitchen table those mornings, I thought about all the stuff that's made me successful and how hard she worked to make those things happen for me.  And I beamed with pride.

Watch the video below of Kevin Durant, the MVP of the NBA, as he accepts the award this week.  It's 90 seconds long, so watch the whole thing.  At the 55 second mark, he turns his attention to his mom.

I dare you not to well up with tears as you watch this (email subscribers click through for video):


Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there who read this blog.  You're the best, and while your kids may not understand everything you've given to them, they will at some point.  Whether that happens while they're accepting an award or sitting at a table after you're gone, they'll know. 

And they'll be sad and happy at the same time.  And your work will be done.