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The Future IS Exceptionality Posted on May 31, 2019 in Leadership Development

Understanding how rebels, rogues & radicals contribute to organisational growth.

By Simone de Haas, Business and Leadership Key Note Speaker.

If your leaders are complaining about the rebels, rogues and radicals in your organisation (or worse still, there aren’t any!), I’m here to be your wake-up call. These people are your natural futurists, they see the possibilities and patterns you aren’t willing to see. They are your short-cuts to dynamic and unconventional growth!

If you’re bemoaning the lack of innovation and creativity in your organisation, look to the leaders of exceptionality, even if they don’t have a fancy title. Especially if they don’t have a fancy title.

You’ll find them through deep listening. The Exceptionals in your organisation may be on the spectrum. They may be sensitive and introverted or they may be outspoken. They are the rabble-rousers that are demanding a different way forward. They are the ones putting forward off-the-wall ideas that are continually ignored, because they are too different (or too ‘difficult’). They are whole-brained, not just left-brained or right-brained. 

What do they all have in common? They are the outliers; the 20% that can leverage your organisation towards a much greater future. 

Have you asked yourself why you are ignoring them? Why you prefer to listen to the 80% who can’t move the organisation into the future?

Exceptionality is the set of unique capacities that make each person exceptional in their work. Your organisation either brings exceptionality alive, or it is crushed in the boxes and silos that comfort zones thrive in. 

Have you wondered how to value the cultural shifts Exceptionals bring?

There is a tsunami of Exceptionals who are creating dynamic change in the world and they’re starting young. Greta Thunberg. Malala Yousafzai. Kelvin Doe. Jack Andraka.  If you don’t know who these kids are, you don’t know the future of your business. Business is global. Are you?

The reality is that traditional workplaces are not equipped for the new generations of creators and leaders. Trying to squash them into the existing boxes isn’t going to work. They will become your competitors and you’re not going to enjoy that!

If you are a leader right now, it’s time to discover what to do with the Exceptionals.

  • Rebels are here to challenge the status quo.
  • Rogues are here to show you the shadows in your business - what’s hidden that needs to be addressed. 
  • Radicals are the transformers and future way-showers. They may also be your quiet achievers who are over-shadowed by command and control leaders. 

What do they all have in common? They’re already on the leading edge. 

Do you know you need to catch up? Start by asking… “How is your organisation reactive, proactive or future-active?"

It’s time to stop with the eye-rolling and the diminishing of the Exceptionals. It’s costing you in every way - money, respect, awareness of future possibilities. If you have leaders who don’t know how to lead these people, we need to talk.

Your organisational future begins with the exceptionality of vulnerability. Will you embrace it?


Simone de Haas speaks on The Future IS Exceptionality. Drawing on 30+ years of leading diverse groups of Exceptionals in the theatre-world, she brings intriguing, ground-breaking perspectives and possibilities to organisations who seek to become dynamically future-active. Is it time to get your show on the road to somewhere greater?  Simone is available for keynote presentations, executive coaching & consultancy.

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