In this Expert Insight Interview, Tarun Kumar discusses the concepts of adaptability and being an infinite thought leader. Tarun Kumar is a professional speaker, author, and infinite thought leader. He is also a former army colonel, so he brings all of that experience to bear.
This Expert Insight Interview discusses:
- The concept of being an infinite thought leader
- How the military has thought Tarun to be adaptable and think on his feet
- The fact successful business leaders share the same traits as successful military leaders
Infinite Thought Leader
An infinite thought leader is not constrained by the environment. The army teaches you that we are all looking at possibilities and that opportunity will not knock on your door unless you build the door first.
We miss many opportunities because we do not have that kind of vision and mindset. When Tarun talks about being an infinite thought leader, he is talking about the possibility that we as individuals have. Human beings are the best gift that God could create, and we have infinite potential. We need to look for opportunities, we need to look for possibilities, and that is what makes us as humans so great.
Thinking on Your Feet
John hasn’t been in the military himself, but he has talked to plenty of people who have. He has found that one of the things that you become very good at is making decisions and figuring out a way forward when you don’t have all the information at hand. Tarun Kumar agrees with this observation.
In whichever military, whichever army, your best laid-out plans go out the window upon first contact with the enemy. So, despite having worked out many contingencies, you often find yourself all of a sudden grappling with something altogether different, something you have not prepared for. This is where your adaptability and ability to work in an unpredictable environment come in.
In the military, you are what you are and what your environment makes you because you have to think on your feet and possibly look after the people around you. The same holds for the corporate world.
As a leader in the military, when the going gets tough or when you engage with the enemy, people are looking to you for answers or looking to see how you will react. This is the same in business — people tend to look to their leaders, expecting them to have the answers.
John is the Amazon bestselling author of Winning the Battle for Sales: Lessons on Closing Every Deal from the World’s Greatest Military Victories and Social Upheaval: How to Win at Social Selling. A globally acknowledged Sales & Marketing thought leader, speaker, and strategist. He is CSMO at Pipeliner CRM. In his spare time, John is an avid Martial Artist.