There is a popular notion that a person must invest 10,000 hours of practice to become a master in a field or a practice. The original idea stems from psychological research by Anders Ericsson. It’s a call for years of dedication to one’s craft. But we should also consider how we become capable, how we add a new ability to our practice. I’ve discovered the mark to hit for this accomplishment: The 100-hour knack.Read More
Alec Ross recited this quote during his talk at PopTech today:
Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat. - Theodore Roosevelt, 1905Read More
I learned a valuable lesson about going it alone this week — yet another where I had the chance to facilitate two workshops.
On Tuesday, I joined a team of coaches to facilitate a workshop with Stanford fellows from four separate cohorts around campus. The d.school, Knight, Biodesign and Clinical Excellence Research Center (CERC) fellows all gathered in the atrium (the large auditorium-style space in the d.school) to do a workshop introducing them to the basic elements of design thinking. This was the schedule for the day:Read More
I'm now at the end of my second week as a d.school fellow and here are some raw insights.
1. You know how Stanford is often thought of as this incredibly elite and rarefied place? Well, maybe it is – but the people here at the d.school are incredibly warm, down-to-earth and generous. (I know, it kinda' hurts even more.)
2. It's hard to get a horse to follow you. We spent an afternoon at the Stanford Red Barn and experienced their equine leadership program. As a Midwesterner, the smell of tack, hay and manure immediately made me happy. But interacting with the horses to explore our leadership skills was not so easy. Takeaway: Don't over-think strategy when trying to relate with something that lives and breathes – equine or human. Connect authentically and go from there.Read More