Often in business, we create bizarre organizations where sales we insulate stakeholders from the makers. Most of the time, it’s protecting the engineers from customers. Other times, it’s protecting sales or management from an in-house sausage factory where things just are a little more messy and little more scary than we would like them to be.
One of the highlights of my trip to PyCon was listening to Paul Graham explain how Silicon Valley works. In short, the center of Silicon Valley is wherever the next big ideas are being generated…
Sometimes you win because the competition goes out of their way to lose. Usually this is the case when one company nails it, and everyone else strikes out.
Trying to accurately predict the future is hard to do. Most who try their crystal ball do so get it so totally wrong that it’s embarrassing. Some people perpetually get it right, like Steve Jobs. What’s the difference? The people who are wrong are on the outside looking in. The people who get it right are cheating. Don’t believe me? Here’s what Alan Kay (one of the people who your grandkids will learn about in American History and tell you about) has to say:
Coming up with a solid mission statement isn’t easy. Here’s how to do a great mission statement in 10 minutes so you can get back to being productive.