Mr. Ma's (the founder of China's Alibaba) story is a textbook example to the benefits and strategic prowess involved in being an industry disruptor. Change requires thoughts and actions that are different than the status quo. From the article, "...Alibaba is China’s largest online retailer, with merchandise volumes that lag only Walmart, worldwide. The e-commerce giant is also moving forward with plans for a stock sale that is expected to rival Facebook’s $16 billion offering two years ago. If successful, the deal would help vault Alibaba and Mr. Ma, who owns 8.9 percent of the company, to the highest ranks of technology industry titans." Get the full story here.
Do you see opportunities where others see problems? Are you a solution-oriented thinker? If so, you could consider yourself an innovator. "Innovator" can be perceived as a catch-all phrase for someone who sees things in a different way than everyone else, but, Tom Kelley of IDEO (@IDEOorg) posits that there are Ten Faces of Innovation. Check it out and see if you can identify yourself, http://www.tenfacesofinnovation.com/tenfaces/index.htm.
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