Podcast recommendation: Starting Greatness, with Mike Maples Jr

With the proviso that I’m not at all convinced by the premise that scaling fast and making billions of dollars are worthy ends in themselves, I highly recommend this podcast featuring great interviews with key figures from tech and tech entrepreneurship, including favourites like Marc Andreessen and Steve Blank. (Entrepreneur and VC) Mike Maples Jr looks for lessons to help…

Seth Godin on perfect vs “good enough”

Now we get to my favourite sneak question… What does perfect look like? I would like you to list, when your project is working perfectly, exactly what is it? – What kind of profit does it have? – Who loves it? – What shape is it? – What colour is it? – What do the reviews say? Whatever is important…

Front foot (2): head in the game

If you’ve done the big picture, general preparation it doesn’t take much extra to make sure you show up on the front foot. Here are some things to run though before you go into a meeting: Who are you meeting? What do they want from this meeting? What’s important to them? How will they act? How will you treat them?…

Front foot (1)

It’s good to be on the front foot – to know where you’re going, to be moving things in the right direction, to be proactive, to be setting the terms. We sometimes find ourselves on the front foot due to luck and circumstance – but being there consistently and staying there takes thought and preparation. There’s the long term discipline…

When “normal” feels like winning (or losing) – Danny Kahneman on regression to the mean

Danny [Kahneman] was then helping the Israeli Air Force to train fighter pilots. He’d noticed that the instructors believed that, in teaching men to fly jets, criticism was more powerful than praise. They’d explained to Danny that he only needed to see what happened after they praised a pilot for having performed especially well, or criticized him for performing especially…

Which “better”?

More accessible Disruptive Innovations are NOT breakthrough technologies that make good products better; rather they are innovations that make products and services more accessible and affordable, thereby making them available to a larger population. Christensen Institute Could you make it… … cheaper? … easier to discover? … easier to find out more about? … easier to get hold of? ……

Shepherds and Kings

In the Christmas story, the baby comes for everyone – from the highest of the high to the lowest of the low… with a bias towards the unwashed and agricultural. Who are you working for? Which side do you lean towards when you have to choose? Happy Christmas 2019.

Seth Godin on privilege and responsibility: “I won the lottery”

I feel that [responsibility to say something worth saying] all the time.…I won the lottery. I wasn’t born in 1880, and I wasn’t born building pyramids somewhere and I wasn’t born with some heart defect. What are you going to do with that? What are you going to with you were born in the right place at the right time…

Mission statement example: Airbnb mission statement and values

Here’s great mission statement from Airbnb. Our Mission: Create a world where anyone can belong anywhere It’s an audacious, incredibly rewarding mission that our increasingly diverse team is dedicated to achieving. Airbnb is built around the idea that everyone should be able to take the perfect trip, including where they stay, what they do, and who they meet. To that…

Sam Altman on “compounding yourself”

This is from a blog post called “How to Be Successful“, which begins with the observation that (in the startup world) most people start off wanting to make a huge amount of money but end up wanting to create something important. Point one of thirteen is “Compound Yourself” – applying the idea of compound or exponential growth to career development:…