Control vs success

There is nothing as potent to pave the way to success as being in control.

There is nothing so blocking to success than to insist on being in control.

To some being in control is an all positive thing; it enables you to define the path to follow forward and ensure the necessary decisions are being made and the focus is on relentless execution towards a goal. The bigger, the better.

To others being in control comes with such a daunting sense of responsibility that you would rather not have it and potentially not do anything at all for the sheer fear of what happens if or when something goes wrong.

Some loathe not being able to be in control and will walk away from a potential opportunity just for the lack of being able to be in control. Others loathe being controlled and not being in a position to challenge the course of action, i.e. exert control, and will refrain from putting themselves into that position.

And some just hate that excess talk about control can ultimately block every path to future success.

Because at the end of the day some sort of control is needed to achieve great success.

Because if there is one thing that remains certain, it is that great success does not arise from a completely lack of control.

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Grand ideas do matter

There seems to be a general misconception around the notion of ideas;

Since everybody can have them, what becomes important is whether you do something about them and – more importantly – how you do something about them.

Let me try to explain while I think this is inaccurate in a startup context:

Even if everybody can have an idea, and the important part is putting some work into making it happen, all ideas are not equal.

Ideas suffer from the same fatal flaw as the idea about agile work methods;

As long as you work in increments, it doesn’t matter what you work on, because you can always toss it quickly if it goes nowhere.

While that particular argument makes logic sense, in reality it becomes a license to not think too much about what you do and why, and I think that is a totally flawed approach.

The same goes for ideas; if the idea doesn’t matter, because you can always get a new one, you don’t make an effort into getting the original idea and the result risk becoming…meeh.

What you should do instead is work on the idea itself. Challenge your idea, make it sharper and ask some tough questions of it.

Make every effort you can to ensure that when you decide to put some real work into figuring out whether it’s desirable, feasible and viable, it is actually something really worth doing.

For this you have all the tools available for testing your assumptions and hypothesis. And instead of falling into the trap of thinking that those are the important tools and the original idea matter less, use it to spur your great idea on and tell yourself that no idea, you can come up with, is so grand and/or complex that there aren’t immediate ways to test it properly.

Be ambitious, for God’s sake, rather than lazy. That’s all I am saying.

And now go and look at those ideas of your again, challenge them and go as big as you can when you start testing them.

That’s how stars are born!

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Hello launch pad!

Yesterday was a super important day for our inQvation Studio-team; it was the day where we got the final formal board approval for our first spinoff.

While it has been in the works for a while (and we have been recruiting for the team for some weeks now) there is always something special about getting that formal mail saying “GO, GO, GO!”. It is definitely one for the archives in the best possible way.

It has been a little over a year since I joined the tiny Studio team (2 people, including me) to help turn great ideas into promising startups. The journey to this point has not been straight forward at all, and we have tried numerous approaches and learned a lot.

But we made it to the launchpad. And for inQvation Studio that’s what matters; we made it from a blank sheet of paper to actual startup.

In order to get there we have, as I mentioned, been forced to try a lot of different approaches to figure out how to do it, as we went along. You can obviously take a lot of inspiration from how others have approached it, but there is a big difference between reading, thinking – and doing. And I do think that you have to go through the steps yourself to really get it under your skin.

Did everything work? No. Was everything – in hindsight – the right things to do? No. But we kept pushing, kept learning. And we moved forward. One step at a time.

I am a big fan of rocketry and the history of NASA, and one of the most inspiring stories ever to me is the story about the race to the Moon back in the 60’s.

What’s important is that it is not only a story about rockets and astronauts. It is a story about vision, courage, the will to go the extra mile and figure things out as you go along. About bold ideas and early test rockets exploding at the pad setting the big project back. About resilience in the face of adversity. About overcoming doubt. About picking yourself up time and time again. And – most importantly – every little success that made the giant leap possible.

We’ve now arrived at the launch pad. Now the real work begins. There is a lot that needs to happen and go well, before we can light up the candle and head for the Moon. And the journey to the Moon is long and fraught with danger. Stuff can go horribly wrong.

But MAN! The view upwards towards the clear skies above and beyond the launch pad is just beautiful!

Onwards and upwards!

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3 big goals for 2020

Hello 2020! It’s a new year and with that comes fresh opportunity including the opportunity to set really ambitious goals for the coming 12 monts. So naturally, I have done that on behalf of my work as Head of Studio at inQvation.

In 2020 I want us to co-found at least one startup taking on a really big problem that affects +100M people worldwide.

I want us to develop a project from idea to startup with an experienced entrepreneur-in-residence, where we use our combined strenghts and experience to make a mark. Maybe we could even combine it with the above goal?

And finally, I want us to create “A Path To Success” for great talent within the startup space in Denmark, where inQvation becomes the ‘go to’-place for those looking to unleash their potential to bring great tech solutions to people who have the problems and pains to match.

Ambitious? Yes. Doable? A stretch but if all things align right, why not? Realistic? Not if we don’t try.

(And then of course there are all the other things that comes with being part of a great team that pulls together when needed :-))

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