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| The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.
Alvin Toffler – from the book "46 Rules of Genius"
PulsePoint's 75 Foot Wall — Core Values, Purpose, Brand Promises, and Priorities – all from the Scaling Up "Vision Summary" document, are colorfully displayed where all the employees can see them – photo below, but first…
Airbnb's "Jobs to be done" — this remains one of the most powerful strategy questions – a question Harvard's strategist Clayton Christensen coined. This HBR article walks you through how Airbnb thinks about this question – and just like Clayton's milk shake example sent a few weeks ago, there are some surprise "jobs" customers need Airbnb to do which is why they are winning in the market vs. nicer accommodations. Do you fully understand the jobs your customer needs you to do for them? Take 3 minutes to read this insightful article. Thank you Gazelles Certified coaching partner Howard Shore for sharing.
Value Proposition Design — this "jobs" question is also at the heart of Alex Osterwalder's tools for helping you determine your value proposition. Alex will walk you through the application of this question to your organization and its customers during his presentation at the upcoming Growth Summit 2016 in Dallas Oct 25 – 26. Osterwalder's process is very powerful and insightful, which helped me rethink our new ScaleUpU offering to cities and growth firms.
Slow Deciders Make Better Strategists — there are those who make good competitive-strategy decisions and those you don't! This HBR article reports on the findings by Mark Chussil, CEO of Advanced Competitive Strategies, who notes:
Take 2 minutes to read through his discoveries and take to heart his lessons when it comes to make critical strategic decisions.
The Strange Brain of the World's Greatest Solo Climber — my heart races and my palms sweat just watching Alex Honnold free climb – check out this compilation video. What can we learn from how he faces his fear? This Nautilus article reports on the results of brain scans which reveal that he, indeed, has a fear center (some people surmised that he might have been born without one!), but it just doesn't activate like others. The key lesson? The more you face your fear the less fear you have – it's like challenging your immune system – it either kills you or makes you stronger. I think the same goes for making big decisions. So get deciding! Thank you to my wife Julie for sharing.
Tracking Sleep and Diet Aids Phelps in Rio — to remain in peak form for Michael Phelps fifth Olympics, Under Armour equipped him with various technologies to track his sleep, fitness, activity and nutrition. Notes this Fortune article:
Phelps found that the year prior to the Olympics he averaged 7 hours and 36 minutes of sleep so he set that as his goal in Rio. It seems to have worked (or at least not hurt)! We're learning more everyday about the importance of sleep in driving performance. For me, an afternoon nap has become critical.
PulsePoint's Wall and Wins — below is a photo of their Vision wall. And Sloan Gaon's firm also won one of the Top 50 Best Places to Work award from Inc. Magazine a few weeks ago. Congrats to Sloan and his team and thank you to their Gazelles Certified Coach (and serial entrepreneur) Rich Manders for sharing.
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