Workshop (London): Why do some founders realise big ideas, and other initiatives fizzle out?

For the last three years I’ve been involved in action research with over 500 founders. It’s uncovered some fascinating common principles which explain why some big ideas get realised, and others fizzle out.

It’s now time to get this stuff out into the world, so I’m running a one day workshop in London on 8 Sept. It’s just for founders trying to realise big ideas. You’ll explore the principles which came out of the research, all in the context of your own endeavours. It might well lead to some big revelations about the next steps for your big idea.

It’ll be useful to you if you’d like answers to questions like these:

– What’s the role of a founder in realising a big idea?
– How can I maintain the startup passion as we grow?
– Why do acquisitions often drain the life out of startups?
– What’s the secret of successful co-founder collaboration?
– How can I ensure my startup doesn’t fizzle out after I exit?
– How can I hold the vision and also create autonomy for my team?

Thurs 8 Sept. Venue TBC – Central or East London.
9:45AM – 4:30PM, then we’ll head out for drinks.
12 places maximum.

There’s a fee for joining based on what should be affordable. Your contribution helps me fund myself while I continue the research so please pay what you can.

More details and registration: https://ti.to/tomnixon/founder-workshop-sept-2016

P.S. Please share this with any London-based founders you know. Thanks!

Five links: the brain; dystopia/utopia; empowerment; cartoon Rumi; creativity and staying true

  1. The brain: Dispensing with the metaphor that the brain is like a computer.
  2. Economics & democracy (video): Yanis Varoufakis on the choice between Matrix style dystopia and Star Trek utopia.
  3. Management: 6 myths about empowering employees.
  4. Poetry: Totally awesome cartoon version of Rumi’s The Guest House.
  5. Creativity: A story about the creative process and the art of staying true.

A short poem I wrote today at The Wild School

This week Charlie started The Wild School. It is awesome. Everything is free this week and there’s still time to come along to something tomorrow. Just go, trust me, it will be worth it. I’m also teaching a class on Monday. I can’t promise that one will be worth it.

So I turned up this morning not know what was going to be taught and ended up in a creative writing workshop, run by the brilliant Roshnii Rose. Roshnii guided us through a process of stream of consciousness writing starting from two words: “Wild is”. We then picked out passages from our writing that stood out to us and used them to create a poem using the Pantoum method. If you’re like me and don’t consider creative writing to be your thing, it’s quite an incredible experience to have a poem ‘extracted’ from your brain like this. Here’s what I came up with:

Just animals on a planet

Just animals on a planet, we are actually naked

We hide and are scared

Concrete, restrictions and rules

We may die unfulfilled

 

We hide and are scared

We think there’s time later for the things that matter

We may die unfulfilled

We are all wild

 

We think there’s time later for the things that matter

Explore every day

We are all wild

We must use our unimaginable gift

 

Explore every day

Concrete, restrictions and rules

We must use our unimaginable gift

Just animals on a planet, we are actually naked