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We are all entrepreneurs.

16 Jun

Today’s complex world demands new skills to recognize trends and make sense of them. This demands a new type of thinker with a new series of tools for creating, testing, and learning.

A new thinker you say, what kind?

An ‘Expert Generalist’, someone who can transfer knowledge across domains, someone who can see similarities and analogies others cannot. This is a concept developed by Art Markman, UT Austin Cognitive Scientist.

ABrush-Shaped Being, a person who has a broad specialization and correspondingly broad set of interests. This is a concept developed by Roy Blumenthal, a Visual Facilitator.

Both of these seek to combine breath with depth, the exact opposite of what is asked in most corporations today. This is the natural skill set of an entrepreneur, one who struggles to create a new business, testing and learning along the way, until they successfully execute an idea. An entrepreneur can sit in any organizational structure.

Fahrenheit 212 is a company comprised of these individuals, and is succeeding with this new skillset. It is a new consultancy that develops and executes ideas, straddling the wide divide between a design and management firm. Most interestingly, it has a stake in the profits of these ventures it enters into, much more of a partner, with skin in the game, than a consultant.

‘”Having an idea without knowing how it makes money is as valueless as knowing where growth lies without the idea,” says Geoff Vuleta, head of Fahrenheit 212, critiquing the stereotypical design firm and the classic management consultant.’

This interesting critique on the current state of the design and management consulting industry by Vuleta shows that in order to succeed, we must be broader than we have before, both as individuals and as businesses. We must become ‘Expert Generalists’ and ‘Brushed Shaped Beings.’ We must also take risks. We must be entrepreneurs.

There are tremendous opportunities in the world to live fantastic vibrant lives, making in dent in the universe. The traditional management skills won’t take you there. Find ways to make that difference, and bring creative change to the world.

Related: How the creator of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, made his idea real.

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Creator of Twitter: ‘Drawing out your ideas’ is the key to success.

03 Jun

The Creator of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, shared his top 3 keys to success at the 99% Conference. Jack advocates we ‘draw an idea out, recognize the situation around us, and immediately share it with people.’

First, ‘draw out your ideas.’

Drawing is all about ‘getting it out of your head and seeing it from a completely different perspective.‘*

Here is the original sketch by Jack for Twitter, circa 2000. It wasn’t practical at the time so he kept it aside in his nest of ideas.

Twitter Founder, Jack Dorsey, advocates 'drawing out your ideas.' Here is the original sketch for Twitter, circa 2000. He recognized the right situation in 2005. It became perfect in 2009.

Second, ‘recognize the situation is right.’

In 2000, Twitter would have failed.

However, in 2005, text messaging got big in the US. Jack was reminded of an original idea he had back in 2000, what came to be Twitter.

By having a historical record of ideas, an idea nest, you can reapply your ideas when the situation is right.
Third, ‘be open enough to iterate quickly.’

Your idea has to be more than idea, it has to be a solution to someone’s problem. Try to come up with a basic solution, and keep changing it until it’s just right. Learn fast and cheap on paper with sketches, in discussion with others, and in use with prototypes.
Finally, ‘act as an editor.’

Know when to stop, and start doing. To succeed, we must go from ‘idea, to drawing, to prototype, to commitment.’

Jack Dorsey, Founder of Twitter, Original Sketches of Square

Here is Jack's original sketch for his new company, Square, a tool to help everyone accept credit card transactions everywhere. http://squareup.com/

Thanks to @sido for his post and tweet.

* We call this different perspective the Diversity of Thought.

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