Unlike You, Mark Zuckerberg And Bill Gates Can Go Both Ways - Page 3
Unlike a BDC, every startup employee must consistently contribute. Along with heightened visibility, entrepreneurs have the opportunity to make a huge impact on their organization, no matter their title or seniority.
Results – On the sand, there is no confusion between activity and results. No points are given for trying really hard; no trophies are awarded for simply showing up. Entrepreneurs who mistake activity for results will find it challenging to achieve sustainability.
It is more difficult to properly gauge each individual’s relative impact in a large organization, which often blurs the distinction between results and activities in both gym volleyball and at a BDC. This is evident in committees within large organizations that hold interminable meetings yet seldom accomplish anything meaningful.
Avoid Founderitis – Go One Way, Then Go Away
Karch was able to seamlessly move between the indoor and beach volleyball worlds because he understood both games intimately and he had the maturity and discipline to adjust his game, without compromising his effectiveness. Most people can modify their behavior for short periods to accommodate external circumstances. However, few people are able to consistently adjust their behavior over an extended timeframe, which is why entrepreneurs are typically not successful at a BDC in the long run. The same attributes that lead to entrepreneurial success, are often counterproductive within a larger organization.
Gates, Jobs, Dell and Zuckerberg all struggled with the challenges associated with leading a BDC. Each of these talented executives met with varying levels of success.
Mark Zuckerberg, like Karch Kiraly, has proven he can modify his game and maximize his ability to contribute to his adVenture, even as his role has evolved from a chaotic beach volleyball player to an indoor volleyball coach.
As you adVenture matures, honestly assess your skills, personality and proclivities, as it is unlikely you will be as gifted as Karch Kiraly or Mark Zuckerberg and excel both in the gym and on the sand.