What chess taught me

When I was a kid, I enjoyed playing chess. I was part of my school chess club, part of the first team and at one time actually won the local county (amt) championship in my age group.

Chess was fun and interesting. And taught me a couple of important lessons about life;

Looking and planning ahead a few moves is cool. But if it comes at the expense of taking your eye of the ball of what’s happening right here and right now, you’re still going to loose.

So. Keep. Your. Eyes. On. The. Ball.

On the other hand; if you’re acting too quickly in the spur of the moment and not showing enough patience to completely your next move so it ends being a wise one, you’re also going to loose.

As in all other aspects a life, it is a question about balance.

Don’t overthink, don’t stress.

Be smart.

Contemplate the situation – state of play.

Think in options and alternatives.

Make the move that seems to bring you closer towards your objective while at the same time preserving your interests.

Repeat. And repeat. Etc.

More people should really take up chess.

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A healthy reminder

The storm hitting The Danish Heart Foundation after their new youth campaign ‘PS I Love You’ was criticized for endorsing – to put it mildly – un-scientific approaches towards a healthier life style for young people holds a crucial reminder for every entrepreneur operating in or trying to do something in the health-space:

Dealing with people with serious conditions is not something that should be taken lightly. Quite the opposite; it demands the utmost care and respect for those you’re trying to make a difference for and the value, you can bring to them.

Furthermore, it is near impossible to get a second chance to make things right. Once you have disappointed it is super hard to come back and convince people that you actually have something valuable to offer to them.

Yes, our personal health is that important. And rightly so.

This offers a stark contrast to most of startup life, where it’s all about getting out there with what you have, fail, learn, iterate and come back stronger. It is a super approach in general – just not in this space.

Of course it doesn’t make the particular case better that it is actually the foundation itself that goes out and miss the mark completely. But entrepreneurs should still take note;

for all the potential of doing good and building potentially great businesses in the health space, you also need to be very aware of all the other things that comes with entering that particular territory.

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Aviate, Navigate, Communicate

I am an avid fan of the hit series “Homeland”. And watching Episode 10 of Season 8 yesterday, something resonated for me:

In the episode Carrie asks a helicopter flight mechanic, why the crew of the chopper that crashed with the US president aboard didn’t clearly articulate that they were going down and crashing due to a technical malfunction. And the mechanic answers referencing to the order of battle for an inflight emergency: “Aviate, Navigate, Communicate” – or in other words: Focus on the situation at hand and managing that first.

It resonated with me because I believe it goes for innovation as well; it is not about how much we talk about what we do. It is all about what we do in the moment, what we learn from it and then – only then – how we communicate about those learnings.

Truth be told it is also what makes working with innovation so much fun; that you’re in it neck deep, learning to fly as you go along and trying to always do one better through the learnings you acquire underway.

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