Friday, September 6, 2013

Experiences and How to Gain Them

 Hiring Practice

          It’s tempting to hire people with great record. But, if that practice is the right way, why do we hire wrong people?  The best isn’t the best, simply because one size doesn’t fit all. One guy who is very good at running a large organization could be quite terrible at running a start-up. We need to find the person who has been trained in right courses in the school of experience.

People or Process

          There is a saying that a good company does not rely on one person. Otherwise, the company will fall apart if that person quits. People is a resource. A good company must not rely too much on resource. It must rely more on process. A company with a good process can replace its employees any time. It is the process, not the people, that  should run the company.
          However, this is not always true. A start-up does not have time to think about process. It tends to rely on people with great aligning experience. But, in order to thrive, the company needs to slowly establish process, not just relying on resource. 
experience needs to be learnt

Basketball Players

          Let us see the importance of experience through a story of a basketball team. The coach usually lets the five starters play most of the game. The bench players, despite how good they are, usually spend only a few minutes in the game. The problem comes when the opponent is really strong. The coach does not trust the bench player to play under pressure. So, the coach needs to use all five exhausting starters. In the end, the team loses because of inexperience bench players. 

Experience Cannot Be Given

          The motto for the above story is that we should let people try and gain experience when the stake is low. When the situation is critical, people will draw out and use the experience they’ve earned. 

Your Kids

          This is especially true for your kids.  You can give your kids experience by letting them experience things themselves. Do not give them the answer. Just tell them how and let them figure it out. 
          Also, if they ask for your help for the homework which will due tomorrow, do not do the homework for them. If you help them, they (and you) might enjoy the good result. But your kids will not learn anything. Let your kids suffer from embarrassment or bad grades. It is a bad result, but it is a good lesson. 
“The important thing for a parent is, as always, to never give up. Never stop trying to help your children getting the right experiences to prepare them for life.”

Do Not Fear Failure

          Everyone is afraid of failure. But ironically,
“... if they are not occasionally failing, then they are not aiming high enough.”
          And, also, failure may not always be a bad thing. 
“Everyone knows how to celebrate success. But you should also celebrate failure if it’s a result of a child striving for an out of reach goal.”

Source: How Will You Measure Your Life? by Clayton M. Christensen, James Allworth, and Karen Dillon

Book or Audiobooks?

Personally, I prefer audiobooks. It's fun, and I can listen when I'm doing something else. It also makes other activities (e.g., jogging) a lot more fun. For more detail about audiobooks, please read [this post].

There is one more reason that may encourage you to go for the audiobook version. You can get it now for FREE. Audible offers you a free trial for 14 days. Even if you get the book and cancel the subscription right away (so that you don't have to pay), you can keep the book. And, don't worry if you lost the audiobook file. Just log into You can keep downloading the over and over again.

   About the summary: It takes time to finish up a book. And, when you do, sometimes, you want to review what you learn from the book. If you do not make  notes as you read, you might have to go through the book once again. This can be time-consuming when you are dealing with a book. But you can still flip through the book and locate what you are looking for.

However, when the material is an audiobook, it is extremely hard to locate a specific part of content. Most likely you will have to listen to the entire audiobook once again.

This book summary will help solve the pain of having to go through the book all over again.

I am leaving out the details of the books. Most books have interesting examples and case studies, not included here. Reading the original book would be much more entertaining and enlightening. If you like the summary, you may want to get the original from the source below.

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