I am happy to introduce you Climb Lean’s weekly newsletter – “The 3 Things This Week” to you.
Here are this week’s 3 things!
This week’s theme is lean startup methods and practices.
As human beings, we have two amazing gifts – the ability to think rationally and the ability to think intuitively. The conclusion that rational and intuitive thinking is often in a state of conflict and are often misapplied. We use my rational mind to solve problems that in reality, only intuitive thinking can solve, and vice-versa, when rational thinking is better suited for the problem at hand, we often deny what the rational brain is telling me and grope instead for an intuitive solution.
The rational thinking is most appropriate when a life situation has presented all the facts and there is a clear understanding of the consequences of a word or deed – there is no ambiguity or unknown. The rational mind can clearly say “if A, then B.” Because the world has a certain order and predictability, the rational mind can make reasoned decisions founded on the trust of this external order and predictability. However, when faced with the unknowable, the rational mind refuses to let go–it struggles to “rationalize” an action by seeking more and more information that might help in making a decision based on the facts that it gathers.
Intuitive thinking is most appropriate when the consequences of our words and actions are unknown, where the intuitive mind makes an inner journey into the soul, becomes vulnerable and open to insights whose conclusions rest on the foundation of an inner sense of trust.
This is a thought-provoking article that has lessons in entrepreneurship when you are building a new business. You need to use both your intuitive mind and the rational mind in this, but you should know which one to use in what situations of your startup building.
Thing # 2: Choice, happiness and spaghetti sauce
In this TEDx talk, “Tipping Point” author Malcolm Gladwell gets inside the food industry’s pursuit of the perfect spaghetti sauce — and makes a larger argument about the nature of choice and happiness.
His talk has a few lessons for a startup building process when it comes to customer discovery on what people want. Assumption number one, typically we have, is that the way to find out what people want, what will make people happy, is to ask them. The lesson is that people don’t know what they want! “The mind knows not what the tongue wants.” It’s a mystery! And a critically important step in understanding our own desires is to realize that we cannot always explain what we want, deep down.
Thing # 3: How great leaders inspire action?
Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership. In his TEDx talk, Simon explores how leaders can inspire cooperation, trust, and change. His model for inspirational leadership, involves 3 questions in 3 circles – Why? How? What? This little idea explains why some organizations and some leaders are able to inspire where others aren’t. He defines the terms really quickly. Every single person, every single organization on the planet knows what they do, 100 percent. Some know how they do it, whether you call it your differentiated value proposition or your proprietary process or your USP. But very, very few people or organizations know why they do what they do. And by “why” he doesn’t mean “to make a profit.” That’s a result. It’s always a result. By “why” he means: What’s your purpose? What’s your cause? What’s your belief? Why does your organization exist? Why do you get out of bed in the morning? And why should anyone care? We go from the clearest thing to the fuzziest thing. But the inspired leaders and the inspired organizations — regardless of their size, regardless of their industry –, all think, act and communicate from the inside out. If you are not clear about and convinced about your and your startup’s “why”, and if you are still fuzzy about your “why”, its time to spend some energies to get your act right.
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