Month: May 2010

The Importance of Being Simple

I just came across a letter from 1998 that made my day. Here’s the backstory: Amir, a 14-year-old aspiring cartoonist, sends some of his drawings to John Kricfalusi, creator of Ren and Stimpy. Here’s Kricfalusi’s response (edited for space).
Dear Amir,
Thanks for your letter and all your cartoons to look at. Your comics are pretty good, especially …

Building a Leader’s Brain: The Underdog Plan

Leadership is fascinating because it’s rooted in mystery. What makes certain leaders great? What makes them tick? How do they know the right thing to do?
One way to approach the mystery it through the window of a small question: why did so many mailroom workers rise to become CEOs?
Here’s a partial list:

Dick Grasso (NYSE)
Barry Diller, …

Vision Improvement

Vision is the greatest of talents, because it looks so much like magic. We see it in sports, when a basketball player surprises an entire arena by delivering a last-second pass to a waiting teammate. Or in business when a smart investor spots a tiny, vital pattern and leverages it to a massive advantage. Vision …

Identifying Talent: What Really Matters

At my recent trip to the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, I spent a lot of time talking to coaches about a small but profound question: can we identify talent?
In other words, can we assess a bunch of young performers when they’re 14 or so, measure certain qualities, and figure out who will …