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Jared- your link does not work for Feedly... the original link ( is already loaded so will I be ok? TIA! Norris Krueger
Toggle Commented Sep 18, 2013 on Moving at Growthology
Showing my age, but I was at Caltech during the end of the Wooden era (and played basketball) Telling point? Howland's offense allows more freelancing (er, everybody gets to shoot) than Wooden's (IIRC) Wooden's system focused on his superstars but within a disciplined structure. However, Howland and too many other coaches are paradoxically hard on mistakes. I remember one of Wooden's young players had 10 assist and 0 turnovers. Wooden's only-half-joking response was that the player didn't make enough mistakes. No turnovers = insufficient risk-taking. Freelancing + extreme risk-avoidance or highly structured + risk-acceptance? I know which system I'd prefer (and in no universe would I be a star, LOL) [OK, and how many coaches were happy that his team would go to Grateful Dead concerts ;) ] p.s. If he can get superstars to gel (at one point, he had EIGHT 1st team Parade All-Americans on his roster) now that's a great discussion in and of itself. Thoughts? OTOH...
One thing we know pretty clearly is that a *comprehensive* entrepreneurship development strategy in needed. We have to keep in mind that it's an ecosystem with many moving parts. But... if we do, we can make remarkable progress! It is hard for top-down, institutional perspectives to "get" the crazy bottom-up, networked entrepreneurial process but crafting a comprehensive strategy is doable. You just might have to do it yourself! (You will find that you have many friends around the globe, if you do so. Count me in, for one. I met the Startup Weekend Oman organizer & I know Oman's great entrepreneurial potential!) Just Entrepreneur It! Norris
"Blame" in the strict psychological sense is rarely, if ever, productive. But it is so easy to fall into. ("Blame" is attributing the target as the proximate cause of a harm - I was injured & you caused it.) Kelly Shaver did work years ago on this - even where blame is the accurate attribution, it's not healthy to ruminate on this. The flip side is that it's healthy to attribute success to effort & unhealthy to attribute success (espec. other people's success) to luck or powerful others. BUT... contagion can also be GOOD! Look at very recent work by Melissa Cardon on another organizational contagion... Passion! Entrepreneurial passion really can be extraordinarily contagious - but it takes the right skills, etc. (Might it even be a *key* capability for entrepreneurs?) Bob, thanks again for the lead to JExSocPsych! Norris
Great to see this new resource!
Toggle Commented Jan 24, 2010 on Website is now active! at Technology Ventures
Actually, it's the Boy Scouts (not to quibble) but it's still good words for a world where we can't get people to pick up their dogs', er, "gifts". And I wonder how much narcissism matters... The research says that people love to feel that The Rules don't apply to them, that we're special. A more benign version is that they feel entitled (if not obliged) to make their own rules.. isn't that what we often celebrate in great leaders & in entrepreneurs?? So when does that go off the rails? We live in a painfully narcissistic world - when that sense of entitlement meets deep doubts... should we be surprised? When I studied cults, a recurring comment from the cults was "I'm entitled to my reality" when actually meant "I'm entitled for my reality to be correct" (as in I should not be harmed by the consequences of my beliefs.) But add enormous power & resources plus a reasonably opaque system... and it's logical for the "titans" to make their own rules while avoiding the consequences. Anyway, I'd be curious if others see this as all being driven by narcissism? By a narcissistic society? And what other psychological phenomena might be identified? (Seligman's learned optimism comes to mind..) Anyway, nice to have my thinking stimulated this AM - thanks! @entrep_thinking
Nathan, I'm with you re the visual. My mom was a great artist and i'm...well, I'm a trumpet player. oops. LOL But I really like your triad of skills - we actually don't have learning styles that vary that way (despite the hype) but we do have very strong preferences for how we operate.. and that history leads us to believe 9or not) in certain skill areas. OTOH, Christopher, you make the case for being a better generalist. Ultimately, specialists work for generalists! The ultimate is to be a kickass generalist but have one killer speciality -- to be broad AND deep... but that's not easy. Shana - an artist learning to code? Good on ya, that'll give you an enviable skill set. good luck with the studies! Finslly, Erik, what you share seems sadly true. The hucksters ARE here. I'm involved with, a SM startup that was born at our Startup Weekend (I highly recommend it!) and they were smart enough to go get adult supervision (marketing, especially) immediately. Despite the barrage of bad math jokes on Twitter, the lead founder gets the marketing side & now working on re-doing UX/UI. Fun to see the path they're taking, compared to another SM startup that is all programmers! But to Dave's rant - will the investors get it? Again, Dave, thanks for rant and to everyone for their comments. NK in Boise
C'mon, Dave -tell us what you REALLY think... LOL Like Heath said, don't give up. But it will take a while- the mental models (sctipts, maps, etc.) are indeed very different. It's not as bad as Wittgenstein's argument that different species can never communicate but... we do a lousy job uf understanding the mindsets of "others" Cognitive neuroscience stuff aside - would you be interested in exploring the two seemingly obvious opportunities here? 1) It would seem there's a serious market for translators! (When I worked for a Wall Street firm they had "squires" whose role was to translate/connect the research nerds, the trading desk and the retail brokers who were pretty much 3 diff species, LOL) I didn't appreciate till, well your post here. 2)If VCs/angels don't get this... maybe WE should start an investment fund that looks for the opportunities that are missed (or screwed up?) by the, um, less aware? Would it be even more powerful at the seed stage? (Or better at bridge/mezzanine?) Anyway - thank you for a provocative post on a Sunday AM! Norris
Great post, Andrew -will pass it along! Norris
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