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What a difference a year makes. During a CES 2015 panel John Chambers, former Cisco CEO, made the following statement: 

"You either disrupt your industry, disrupt yourself, or become a victim of disruption," he said.

A few months later, Chambers announced his succession hand-off to Chuck Robbins, a long-time Cisco insider who had led its worldwide field operations as senior VP before being handed the CEO reins

The International CES (Consumer Electronics Show®), that runs from Jan 6-9, 2016 in Las Vegas, is a conference dedicated to industry innovations and technology disruptors, and which touts itself as the "world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies."

However, this post isn't about conference coverage for this year's CES event, but more along the lines of John Chambers' comment about disruption and the context of where he made his comments--a show dedicated to disruptive change and innovation. 

How are you proactively disrupting yourself today. Are you on track to meeting your business or career goals and will 2016 require that you pivot in order to do so? 

And if you don't have a plan to transform yourself in 2016, well, you're at risk of being disrupted on someone else's terms. Don't let that happen.

Chambers went on to say, "This moment is an opportunity for you to learn change. Figure out how do you make it an opportunity and how do you embrace the cloud and connect to everything."

Excellent advice in 2016 for business leaders and career professionals across all industries.