Introduction to the New Edition

When Disrupt Yourself was first published in 2015, the Boston Globe called it “the What Color Is Your Parachute? career guide for the entrepreneurial age.” With this accolade came the inaccurate perception that Disrupt Yourself only applies to entrepreneurs and career changers. Our research shows that it applies to strong performers in all situations.

In my book Build an A-Team (2018), I expanded on this premise. If you want to retain your high performers—whether early career, mid-career, or seasoned professionals—you will allow, encourage, and even require personal disruption; you will make it possible for them to learn, leap, and repeat. It’s a manager’s responsibility to help them jump to something new or risk ...

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