I did none of this while I was a student… rather, I would take a digital camera (didn’t have iPhones back then) and sit in the front row, awaking from my nap to snap pictures of the lecture slides or whiteboard from time to time.
I think more companies need this internally:
The benefits of mentorship aren’t limited to entrepreneurship. Research in other fields also shows that good mentors tend to improve the performance of their protégés. However, the magnitude of difference between the performance of companies with successful mentors and companies that lack them suggests that the value of effective mentors for startups may be especially high.
Watching all of this was so painful. I yelped a few times as I watched these men literally crumble under blows. Unbelievable to watch someone rise into their prime, their greatness, and define part of their legacy.
Pretty stoked to have this opportunity to share my story at this inaugural event: Release Notes.
I’m not surprised by the result:
That is the goal of CEO shadowing: to put you in the shoes of another CEO, let you observe, ask questions, and form a rich and detailed mental model of how another company operates. I’ve done it twice so far, and both times have learned more in a day of shadowing than I do in months of working sessions with mentors and peers.
Am I sacrificing player development so we can win the game?
I have thought about this a number of times since and have also thought about its application in the areas of business and leadership – it has been a powerful mental consideration.