How two big ideas from Jim Collins – Hedgehog Mode and the Flywheel Effect – apply to my work at Verbal to Visual, and how you can start putting them to use in the development of your creative career.
The Doug Neill Show: Episode #9
Recorded on February 21st, 2019
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My Experience With Jim Collins
0:36 – 5:54
How the work of Jim Collins entered my life at significant moments and taught me valuable lessons.
- The podcast conversation between Tim Ferriss and Jim Collins that prompted this week’s podcast.
- My sketchnotes that capture the highlights of that conversation.
- The two books that first lead me to Collins’ work: Built to Last and Good to Great.
- My proudest achievement from a short-lived foray into computer programming app development: this math-based puzzle game. You can see demos of each of the four apps I made on this very-outdated YouTube channel.
- The sketchnotes of Jim Collins’ conversation with Daniel Pink that showed me the power of showcasing the work of others in sketchnote form.
5:54 – 13:08
- Here’s an article from Jim Collins’ website on the Hedgehog Concept.
- I feel pretty lucky that the work I do at Verbal to Visual lands at the intersection of the three components of the hedgehog concept: work that you’re passionate about, work that you’re encoded for, and an economic engine to support that work.
- What are the three components of your hedgehog mode?
The Flywheel Effect
13:08 – 22:14
- Here’s an article from Collins’ website about the Flywheel Effect.
- The current two components of Verbal to Visual’s flywheel: public videos (and occasionally sketchnotes) on the blog, and a growing number of online courses for purchase.
- I’m looking forward to experimenting with a four-push approach (publishing sketchnotes more regularly and revisiting old courses to make additions and improvements) once I’ve finished Build an Online Course with Sketchnotes (which is pretty darn soon!).
- What are the components of your flywheel that builds momentum for your creative career?
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