That is the conclusion of Amy Wilkinson, bestselling author of The Creators Code: The Six Essential Skills of Extraordinary Entrepreneurs. She performed five years of interviews with the founders of organizations such as LinkedIn, eBay, Under Armour, Tesla Motors, Spanx, Airbnb, and PayPal. The result? She learned that these entrepreneurs share six common skills that made them successful. Perhaps more importantly, she contends that these are things that any of us can learn.
Wilkinson is a strategic adviser and lecturer at Stanford Business School. Her career spans leadership roles with McKinsey and J.P. Morgan. She has served as a White House fellow, special assistant to the U.S. Trade Representative, and as a senior fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School.
In this episode, we talk about:
- How successful entrepreneurs seek not to be first, but rather, to be only
- Why creators hold the key to a new economy
- The importance of finding the gap between what is and what can be
- How we can train ourselves to spot problems and see them as opportunities
- How Starbucks built its success on the concept of lift and shift
- Ensuring success by looking forward versus looking back
- Why you might need to fire yourself in order to innovate
- How nostalgia holds us back
- What the OODA Loop can teach us about entrepreneurship
- Why we all need to build a failure ratio into our work in order to grow
- The power of networking minds to solve big problems
- How you can be creative, innovative, and entrepreneurial within your current organization
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