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The Journal of 2020 Foresight
Friday, August 18, 2006  

Leadership Crisis: Bonking into the Closed Garage Door

Chapter Four: The Tribal Territories

By Steve Howard, CKO
The Knowledge Labs

Table of Contents
Chapter One: Basecamp
Chapter Two: The Ridge
Chapter Three: The Outpost
Chapter Four: The Tribal Territories

“She was dreaming about a high school play…She was onstage. There was a big cardboard house on the stage, looked just like the Double E. There was a light coming out of the window where Sun’s window was. There was a yellow light coming out and it shone down on her on the stage. Grandpa was sitting on the porch in his rocking char. On the other side of the stage there was a cardboard jail. Jed was sitting there talking to Officer Carmichael. Sun’s cat walked across the stage.”

Neil Young & Crazy Horse “Greendale”

DOUBLE NICKEL RANCH. Early application breakthroughs delivered by the joint collaboration between the two start-up Agent talent tribes -- “Breakpoint Inventors” and “Commercial Innovators” -- generate the dramatic competitive advantage that visionaries seek.

J2020F: But, it’s not all downhill from there, right?

Explorer: Unless you count falling into the chasm between start-up and early growth stages the kind of downhill you favor.

J2020F: Not hardly. What’s the typical scenario for the “garage start-ups”?

Explorer: Theirs is a tricky proposition. If they come up with a discontinuous technology whose sole benefit is to lower cost and improve productivity within a well-worn application arena, they have essentially an unmarketable opportunity.

J2020F: Why?

Explorer: The reason is that conservative consumers – the mass market -- simply will not tolerate “paradigm shock,” nor will they invest in helping vendors reduce that shock over time.

J2020F: They follow the herd and won’t abandon a tried and true approach, right? Buzz equates to career or customer risk in their minds?

Explorer: Right. The conservatives only buy into a new technology after the pragmatists, who in turn only buy new technology when it can give them significant breakthroughs in workflows, have vetted it.

J2020F: So, not every start-up makes it to the next stage.

Explorer: The longer it takes to convert visionary influence into early pragmatist orders tests the start-up’s capacity for survival.

J2020F: It has to generate enough cash initially, and then stabilize its business by eliminating cash flow problems?

Explorer: And that my friend is the crux of the problem. Meeting the challenge we’ve described is typically not the strong suit of the Agent tribes.

J2020F: So the start-up bonks? It can’t get out of the “garage”; it hits the closed garage door?

Explorer: Yes in the vast majority of the cases. Most of the time the start-up doesn’t find a market niche or can’t produce a viable product of service. But, it can still bonk when the fiercely independent “chief” fails to relinquish control and sets up the “Leadership Crisis.”

J2020F: What do enlightened chiefs do to bridge the crisis?

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