UK, March 14, 2018.- All knowledge of the world of human beings, we have to click away. Every second, every minute, every day we have the freedom to read, listen, see, share, comment on any historical event, any current event, any strategy, any business key. We have the immense fortune of having the key of knowledge in our pocket. We just have to worry about having Wi-Fi and enough battery. This historical stage is resolved in the talent of each human being, each woman and each man. An added value built from familiar knowledge, and the circles of people that surround us in student life, or in an early working life.
Each of us has to differentiate ourselves. There can not live 7,000 million people on planet Earth and that all are equal for their same access to knowledge.
And the talent has to get along very well with the reinvention of the minute. The management models of the 20th century are in the books of the library. Today, every minute is an ocean of information, processes, realities, news, decisions, sensations, comments, thousands of data, etc. The life of always but concentrated in capsules of a minute. Adapting to changes in minutes means this:
This situation is magnificent and at the same time very, very complex. Any interesting analysis, any contribution based on serious and rigorous professional trajectories, are welcome. The boldest and most ambitious keys are attractive as those you have made Linda Rottenberg, co-founder & CEO of Endeavor, IE Business School Contributor:
- Take crazy as a compliment
If you plan to try something new, you should expect to be called nuts. You have to give yourself permission to be contrarian, to stop planning and start doing, to zig when everyone else zags. For years, I was called “la Chica Loca” for thinking that high-impact entrepreneurs existed outside Silicon Valley, so I made it my motto: Crazy is a compliment. And if you’re not called crazy, then you’re not thinking big enough!
- Don’t bet the farm
These days everyone needs to take some risk… or risk being left behind. But the best entrepreneurs don’t take blind risks, they take smart risks. Contrary to popular belief, most are risk minimizers. Even a well-known maverick like Richard Branson says the goal is “contained disasters.” Half of the Inc 500 companies were launched with $5,000 or less. Many innovators keep their day jobs until their ideas take off: Sara Blakely of Spanx sold fax machines for two years, and Phil Knight of Nike –the Just Do It! guy– spent nearly a decade doing other people’s taxes. The bottom line: Don’t bet the farm; wager a few chickens instead.
- Don’t fear the ‘F’ word
Embracing entrepreneurship also means embracing the F word: failure. Thomas Edison famously said of his iterative lightbulb experiments, “I have not failed 10,000 times. I have not failed once. I have succeeded in proving that those 10,000 ways will not work.” Far from setting you back, failures can set you on the right path. “Failure is a goldmine,” said Ratan Tata, India’s iconic business leader, who would hand out prizes at his $100 billion conglomerate for the best failed idea. If you lead a team, try giving someone an “A” for getting an “F.”
- Be less super, more human
When I started out, I had internalized an old-fashioned notion of what it means to be in command: Leaders are strong, steady, domineering. Today that’s changed. Instead of being invincible, effective leaders are accessible, authentic, at times even vulnerable –less super, more human. The term “flawsome” encapsulates this idea perfectly. In business, your strengths can come from your shortcomings if you are willing to cop to your flaws. Forget trying to be Superman and unleash your inner Clark Kent.
- Go big and go home
Our society venerates workaholics. But that’s a horrible way to live and a counterproductive way to work. These days, bosses that discourage a home life are likely to see their people walk out the door. Three-quarters of workers say flexibility is key. Get a life and encourage others to do the same.
- Surround yourself with a circle of mentors
If you want to go big, you can’t go it alone. As Newton said, “if I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” Take inspiration from peers and predecessors, seek multiple professional partners. Just as people are changing jobs more frequently, they should be changing mentors. You need mentors for every stage of your career who are at varying stages of their careers. To me, the right model is a 360-degree approach: a circle of advisers to give you tough love, specialized advice, fresh insights and clear direction.
These 6 keys are property of: Linda Rottenberg, co-founder & CEO of Endeavor, IE Business School Contributor and author of Crazy is a compliment: The Power of Zigging When Everyone Else Zags.
Stephen W.Hawking: One of the men born every 100 years
Intellectual contributions in any subject of knowledge should be read carefully. Like those men who are born every century with a unique talent. Stephen Hawking, who has left us this week at age 76, is a perfect example. The praises have been numerous and his legacy can not be summarized in 25 sentences. This is very unfair. But they are also phrases that will surely help us to understand each other better and to understand the reinvention in each minute:
His death was confirmed by a spokesman for Cambridge University. “Not since Albert Einstein has a scientist so captured the public imagination and endeared himself to tens of millions of people around the world,” Michio Kaku, a professor of theoretical physics at the City University of New York, said in an interview. Dr. Hawking did that largely through his book “A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes,” published in 1988. It has sold more than 10 million copies and inspired a documentary film by Errol Morris. The 2014 film about his life, “The Theory of Everything,” was nominated for several Academy Awards and Eddie Redmayne, who played Dr. Hawking, won the Oscar for best actor. The best 25 Stephen Hawking phrases:
- “God is the name people give to the reason we are here.”
- “God may exist, but science can explain the universe without the need for a creator.”
- “However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.”
- “I am just a child who has never grown up. I still keep asking these ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions. Occasionally, I find an answer.”
- “I believe alien life is quite common in the universe, although intelligent life is less so. Some say it has yet to appear on planet Earth.”
- “I believe there are no questions that science can’t answer about a physical universe.”
- “I have found far greater enthusiasm for science in America than here in Britain. There is more enthusiasm for everything in America.”
- “I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road.”
- “In my opinion, there is no aspect of reality beyond the reach of the human mind.”
- “Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.”
- “Life would be tragic if it weren’t funny.”
- “Many people find the universe confusing — it’s not.”
- “People who boast about their IQ are losers.”
- “People won’t have time for you if you are always angry or complaining.”
- “Science can lift people out of poverty and cure disease. That, in turn, will reduce civil unrest.”
- “Science is increasingly answering questions that used to be the province of religion.”
- “Science is not only a disciple of reason but also one of romance and passion.”
- “Scientists have become the bearers of the torch of discovery in our quest for knowledge.”
- “The past, like the future, is indefinite and exists only as a spectrum of possibilities.”
- “The universe is not indifferent to our existence — it depends on it.”
- “There is no unique picture of reality.”
- “There is nothing bigger or older than the universe.”
- “We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the universe. That makes us something very special.”
- “When one’s expectations are reduced to zero, one really appreciates everything one does have.”
- “Work gives you meaning and purpose, and life is empty without it.”