Your company needs a Chief Disruption Officer, Apple cofounder and legendary technologist Steve Wozniak says. And in a post-COVID world, it might be more important than ever.
About five years after first proposing the idea, Wozniak says the need for new and groundbreaking ideas in modern businesses is so important it deserves its own place of leadership within the c-suite.
Speaking at the ANZ Finance & Treasury Forum 2020, in a webcast conversation with ANZ Chief Executive Officer Shayne Elliott, Wozniak said modern businesses need to strike a balance between people who can build things and inventors who think of creative, new ideas.
“Some of those ideas may not fly with what the company is currently doing, but might be good,” he said. “The oversight of that sort of thing needs to be a higher manager or executive, or a Chief Disruption Officer.”
Wozniak said such roles should be dedicated to keeping a business across “what technologies are just barely starting that, if they grew… what would it mean for our business? How would it impact us?”
“Let’s be ready in case the disruption comes.”
You can see edited highlights of the conversation on video below.