Lateral Leap Work Ethic

I had a chat with Andrew Rens after the first OSA meeting last week.

I’m not sure how we got on this topic. I think he was comparing the California work ethic to a 9-5 clock-watching work ethic.

Andrew spent some time at Stanford University (Palo Alto, California).

In his experience, people at Stanford have a very laid-back approach to work.. they walk around in relaxed student clothes and always have time for an interesting chat.


Most of them seem to have a pet project. I big idea. Something they are continually researching, shaping and nurturing. An brilliant new idea that will allow them to make a lateral leap and put them far ahead of their competition. They define a new categories, new killer apps and new fields.

I like this idea.

You can get away with murder if you can produce magic.. but that’s probably how people produce magic. (-:

“Speak softly and carry a Big Idea”.