One comes across a blog that’s so interesting that it makes you stop and think for days. Courtsey off Guy Kawasaki I found the blog of John Sviokla… a consultant and previous college professor. The title of the Blog is Sviokla’s Context and it can found at: http://www.svioklascontext.com/
In 16 years as an entrepreneur I’ve had to learn some tough lessons – I can sum them up as follows…
Each of these lessons will be the title(s) of future blogs. Each lesson took four years to fully comprehend. Each were a huge challenge to me. I still haven’t mastered them all but I’ve learned to respect each one for what they are.
The one that’s surprised me the most is context. I’m famous for never adding context to my remarks. Because of this I’m often “accused” of lacking detail and process. Quite the contrary I spend an inordinate amount of time reading and learning each day – at least 3 hours or more. It’s not a chore, it’s a passion. I assimilate vast amounts of data, analyzing, search for patterns. It’s my process.
At the end I simply announce the results – however as my current business partners have pointed out, without context they have little meaning. Of course with context comes detail and understanding which most of the time I’m reluctant to share.
Reading John’s blog I’m struck by the amount of context. It puts everything into perspective. Of the four lessons above it’s hard to put one in front of the other – all are crucial to building something. However without context the other three become “less” understandable.