Are you teacherless?
It’s a question that I was asked by a mentor of mine and I sat there for a moment and tried to answer his question quickly; I realized that I couldn’t. I wanted to give him some of the typical answers that were easy to conjure up but I realized that he was touching upon something much, much deeper.
The truth was that I was teacherless and had been for a very long time. Right after getting out of college (barely) I went on a long kick seeking to move with speed through what I thought was supposed to be a career.
A fascinating commentary on technology, economics, and mechanical minds. This is definitely worth your 15 minutes. Go for it.
I love the title of this book, Three Pipe Problems by Jason VanLue (and the artwork is sweet to boot!).
I had dinner with Jason last week and he handed me a copy of his book which is a book centered around design.
We’re in the middle of some significant decisions as a team and I couldn’t be more proud of my team in terms of how we handle the tough calls.
(Although, I’m not sure there is ever a time where we are not in a moment of critical decision-making as a startup…)
Luckily I’ve survived (and that’s really the right word) a handful of startups previously and I see the same patterns emerge.
Ultimately, we as a leadership and organization will face the quesiton of whether we need to continue to pursue the current course or take a different one. It’s about persevering or pivoting (not a super-fan of this word, btw…). It’s about persistence in one direction or quitting it entirely.
Oftentimes we mistake issues that we have with the tools that we use with the actual culture in which we use them.
In fact, sometimes I’ve heard of some organizations hype up a particular piece of technology or tool as their culture. I have found that very odd.
Where did my small child go? She disappeared so quickly!
I sat on step for a moment as I watched the yellow bus move up the hill and out of my line of sight. Time has moved too quickly my friends!
Mark Zuckerberg presented a different perspective at Startup School a few years ago where he mentioned that at Facebook they listened to their users both quantitatively and qualitatively.
This is very different from the more Jobs-ian perspective of building what the company believes their users want and not listening as much to the noise from the masses.
I love these varying thoughts and different points of view as I think it’s healthy to consider all points and perspectives; although you shouldn’t do it too frequently, just enough to remember that you don’t hold the golden truth nugget of customer engagement, product development, or business creation.