links for 2009-12-11

  • Internet, and mobile Internet, use is on the rise. While China has the most Internet users and mobile online devices, the United States has the highest number of total connected devices. Online shopping, and advertising, are also expected to skyrocket worldwide.
    It’s a Web, Web, Web, Web world. And that’s just the half of it.
    According to a Dec. 9 report from research firm IDC, there are currently more than 450 million mobile Internet users around the world, and that figure is expected to more than double over the next four years, passing the one billion mark.

    (tags: mobile internet)

  • Air Force fighter pilot Rob “Waldo” Waldman learned how to overcome fear, anxiety, and self-doubt to fly combat missions that pushed him to his limits by disciplined training and the help of his wingmen. Wingmen are people with different backgrounds, skills, and experiences unified under one agreement—to never think or act alone.
    A wingman watches your back. In Never Fly Solo, Waldo threads real world experiences to encourage the development of a check-six culture. Check-six refers to the six o’clock position where the jet is most vulnerable—the pilot’s blind spot.

    (tags: leadership)

  • “It’s okay if other people think you’re God, but you’re in trouble if you start believing it.”
    David Cornwell, a sports attorney, recalled that quote as one uttered by his father, a surgeon. While Cornwell was speaking on Larry King Live about Tiger Woods’ foibles, the quote has relevance to anyone in a leadership position, not just doctors and big name athletes.
    Sure, leaders have to believe in themselves — otherwise no one else will. Their conviction in their own abilities has to be strong as well as resilient, but such self-assurance cannot be allowed to become arrogance. So often when we see business leaders making poor decisions it seems as if their ego is speaking louder than their voice of reason.

    (tags: leadership success)

  • I never worry about action, but only inaction. – Winston Churchill
    It’s cheating to start a blog post with a quote from Winston Churchill. He was that good. But sometimes you need to cheat and I’m doing it today.
    People ask me all the time about the traits I look for in entrepreneurs and action orientation is at the top of the list. I’d much rather back someone who makes 100 decisions a day and gets 51 of them right than someone who makes one decision a day and gets it right.

    (tags: vc Entrepreneurship leadership)

  • (tags: personality testing myers-briggs)

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