Skip the Lean movement
by Jose Morales
The word on the street is “Lean”. Some Lean Startup consequences are becoming a disturbing symbol of our addiction to recipes for success and our idolatry of what is fashionable.
If a person of reputation says something valuable, many will blindly follow, others will asses and adapt. Few others will jump to the moving train and transform it into a business for themselves. Nothing wrong with that, until it is wrong.
I really think that Eric Ries nailed it with his book, I consider his methodology as extremely useful, his book is easily adaptable to businesses of all sizes. If you haven’t read it yet please do so, especially if you are planning to attend a workshop or program that includes the word lean in its title.
I find it similar to what is happening with the words entrepreneurship and startup. The startup crowd is sometimes perceived as greedy and obsessive, and they call themselves entrepreneurs. The word entrepreneur is therefore associated with money. Nothing wrong with that, until it is wrong.
What I’m talking about is creating your own rules. Real entrepreneurship.
Under my definition, entrepreneurship means to break what is currently considered as off-limits, business is about making profit. Therefore business and entrepreneurship are compatible and in some cases interdependent. But a successful business isn’t always entrepreneurial. Entrepreneurship isn’t a synonym of business. I find that real entrepreneurship, is a very personal and individual matter. It’s about getting suspicious when someone tries to sell a 10 step guide for achievement.
The entrepreneurs need to know themselves first, realise how the game is being played and who the players are. The entrepreneurs find the flaws in the system, create new rules and bets to win. In any case, either failure or success, the entrepreneurs inspire by example. The entrepreneurs learns by finding what works or doesn’t, what source of information is trustworthy or not, who is honest and who isn’t.
If you are not suspicious or mildly sceptic on what they sell as a lean product or service, skip the lean movement. Do the same if you blindly believe in the startup movement, the Co-working movement, the venture capitalists movement, and skip any other cool new word on the street.
If you and your team can’t find the entrepreneur within, you have to do some homework before going shopping. You’ll find the entrepreneur within and it will become the solid foundation for growing individually and collectively with a sense of interdependent freedom and a constant impulse for imagination, invention and innovation.
And if you don’t trust the previous paragraphs, you have definitively found a glimpse of your own entrepreneurial spirit!
Interested to continue the conversation?
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