The influence of Game Changers over the ways that we live and work is ultimately responsible for the creation of the The GC Index, a unique and powerful tool for measuring our natural energy for collaboration to an organization, thus its categorization as an organimetric. Researchers were commissioned to identify the qualities shared by those people we commonly recognize as paradigm-shifting innovators – Nikola Tesla, Malala Yousafzai, Henry Ford, Coco Chanel, Steve Jobs, and Greta Thunberg, to name a very few.
What the research actually revealed was the existence of five complementary forms of contribution – all of which are necessary for game-changing innovation. Game Changer energy as we understand it now is merely the starting point for those major changes. The clear vision, comfort – even obsession with – change, catalytic action, and fearless approach of Game Changers are necessary ingredients for transformation. They just aren’t sufficient.
In today’s fast- and continuously-changing landscape of business and society, people with the Game Changer proclivity have immense significance. We need their unique blend of skills and qualities to drive innovation, adaptability, and positive change so our organizations can evolve and thrive.
Our previous articles have introduced the Game Changer energy in the Me and We dimensions, considering how it shows up for individuals and also in teams. This article covers the role of Game Changers in the World dimension, in other words – the way that this form of energy has impact on communities, societies, and our global collective.
How Do Game Changers Contribute?
Read more on Game Changers in the Me and We dimensions to understand clearly how this energy shows up on the individual and team levels. A brief recap shows us that people with the Game Changer proclivity are:
- Visionaries who challenge the status quo;
- Innovators who disrupt norms;
- Catalysts for progress who turn ideas into reality;
- Relentless in their pursuit of excellence; and
- Fearless in the face of failure.
The Multi-Faceted Influence of Game Changers
What do these traits mean for Game Changers’ unique ability to shape the world around them?
1. Innovating Industry-wide: Game Changers are at the forefront of innovation beyond the ‘four walls’ of their organizations. They challenge existing norms and introduce groundbreaking ideas, technologies, and processes that disrupt industries and drive progress. Their ability to see beyond the horizon enables them not just to make change in their organizations, but actually inspire or even drive industry-wide shifts in new directions, and force competitors to adapt or face obsolescence. For example, Nikola Tesla’s groundbreaking contributions to electrical engineering have lasting impact on more than one industry today, given their widespread applicability.
2. Inspiring Change: Game Changers have a unique gift for inspiring others toward change. Through their clear vision and relentless pursuit of excellence, they motivate teams and organizations to step out of their comfort zones. Game Changers lead by example, fostering a culture of innovation and excellence that extends beyond their immediate teams to the communities and societies of which they’re part. Consider Greta Thunberg’s bold action on climate change, and the millions of students she inspired to take action.
3. Social Impact: Many Game Changers leverage their influence to address societal challenges. Game Changers often pioneer solutions to complex societal challenges, whether in environmental sustainability, healthcare advancements, or human rights and equity. Their ability to then inspire others to follow in their groundbreaking paths can add up to a lasting impact on the world. Malala Yousafzai’s advocacy for girls’ education has moved the needle on gender equality globally.
Harnessing the Power of Game Changers
Even as we consider their impact in the World dimension, Game Changers are inevitably embedded in the We dimension as well, whether in the form of a company, organization, or society. And it’s not a given that those groups will set their Game Changers up for success. Let’s explore strategies for organizations and individuals to harness the power of Game Changers effectively, toward our shared interest in positive change.
1. Recognition and Empowerment: Game Changers thrive when they are recognized and empowered. Organizations should create an environment that values their contributions, gives them autonomy, and provides the resources needed to bring their ideas to life.
2. Strategic Collaboration: Encourage Game Changers to collaborate with individuals who complement their strengths. Without Strategists to make a pragmatic plan, and Implementers and Polishers to deliver it, the change will never happen. To say nothing of Play Makers who keep everyone aligned. A diverse team will amplify Game Changers’ impact and ensure well-rounded solutions.
3. Continuous Learning: Game Changers tend to be hungry for knowledge and growth. Support their development through training, mentorship programs, and exposure to new ideas and technologies. All professionals need and want to learn, but Game Changers have a particular yen for new and different knowledge and skills that lie beyond the immediate scope of their role or background.
4. Effective Leadership: Leadership plays a crucial role in nurturing Game Changers. Leaders should provide guidance and mentorship while giving them the space to experiment and take calculated risks. Non-Game Changer leaders can be great partners to Game Changers, as long as they moderate their own more pragmatic or action-oriented energy, and avoid creating the sense that they’re ‘raining on the parade’ of the Game Changer’s new ideas.
5. Measurable Impact: Establish clear metrics and KPIs to measure the impact of Game Changers’ initiatives. This not only helps in recognizing their contributions but also ensures accountability and continuous improvement. Again, this is important for all professionals, regardless of their proclivities, but it might come more naturally to the others. Help Game Changers see the power of metrics in building credibility over time for their innovations, and involve them in the design of new KPIs or other ways of tracking progress.
Unleashing Game Changers’ Potential in the World Dimension
Game Changers, with their innate ability to challenge the status quo and drive transformation, are instrumental in shaping the world we live in. In a world marked by rapid change and uncertainty, Game Changers are the driving force behind innovation and progress. The GC Index Organimetric Tool offers data and insights to identify, nurture, and harness the power of Game Changers, ensuring that their influence positively shapes our collective future.
By recognizing their unique qualities and providing the right support, we can optimize their impact and propel our organizations towards a brighter, more adaptive, and innovative future.
To learn more about Game Changers, and all the proclivities revealed by The GC Index, contact us to request an invitation to our next GC Index webinar.