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Wally Bock

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Wally Bock


i love this list. though my greatest successes have all involved what i perceived to be significant risks, i still find myself all too often wanting to play it safe (and overestimating the fallout if i do make a mistake).
great post.


I have witnessed this mindset when I was a government contractor. The mat went something like this:

All success added together can equal no more than 1
For each failure add -1

So someone who accomplished nothing was father ahead than someone with 100 successes and 2 failures.

A rather miserable enviorment to work in.

Hayli @ RiseSmart

I love Diego's idea of having a place for failure. Companies should definitely designate one place - or more practically speaking, one or two times every year - that new concepts and initiatives are encouraged. Obviously, it's much more difficult to get this moving within an organizational structure (as opposed to working independently), but it can certainly bring new energy to the organization and possibly even reduce turnover.

Jim Holbrook

I am an avid fan and recovering ass hole... I chuckled at your photo of the Ex Lax box, because at the same time, on CNN, was an ad for Phillips' Colon Health. (
So, maybe a little movement is a good thing, but a healthy asshole is really important, too!

Andrew Meyer


with all due respect, I think you've reached a point where only companies over a certain size or people who have achieved certain success criteria have the funds or the confidence to contact you. That is the problem of being a big time author from Stanford. People's expectations are such that they don't approach you if they haven't attained certain levels of success.

My little company has signed contracts that'll bring in over $300K in 2009 and we're even more optimistic about 2010.

We're not a big time company and we don't have heavy funding or fancy Stanford contacts, but we're doing well, excited about the future and love you're stuff. Maybe in a couple years, we'll earn our way onto your calendar.

Believe me, there will be no one who is more excited to knock on your door. Of course, we'd really like to have the conversation over a beer in the afternoon or a coffee in the morning, but we're simple Midwest folk who happen to be excited about the future.

Please don't ever think that you're not helping us here out on the front lines.

Your biggest, little fan,


michael webster

Hmm, I am going to guess that this is a diagnostic and not causal effect.

Creative people just have a lot of ideas, not enough time to think all of them through, but get behind two or three snowballs in their lifetime.

Not convinced that mimicking creativity will produce the same result.


HERE, HERE. HERE, HERE ! As for good taste, well you take a byte and let us know. Personally I used to start some speeches to the sales force on selling big and complex deals by holding up a box of suppositories and telling them that if they were looking for a silver bullet here they were. It takes hard work, discipline, risk tolerance and a non-sociopathic corporate culture. Unfortunately both anecdotally and via survey (McKinsey and Booz) the leadership of major worldwide corporations are frozen in shell-shock and not more than 5%, I mean this literally, of the way toward the wrenching initiatives they need to take.
Consider this assessment:

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