Spannende Analyse, warum Elon Musk Elon Musk ist – und wie auch wir über uns hinauswachsen – #stopmakingsense

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Ich habe das unbestimmte Gefühl, dem deutschen Management geht es inzwischen mit Elon Musk genauso wie damals bei Steve Jobs (zumindest wie ich es 2011 beschrieb):

“CEOs and managers may respire. Their hardship is finally over. After Steve’s resignation nobody – they hope – will compare them to Steve again.

They all hated to be compared to a phenomenon. They all hated to be confronted with expectations only a Steve Jobs could live up to.
And they had a great excuse: he was the only one, there was no other coming near to his achievements. Yes, he was a phenomenon, and they themselves were great managers. They could live with that.

I must disenthrall them all, it’s even worse: they all could become a Steve Jobs, they all could innovate, they all could transcend markets, they all could build Informal Markets (as I call them), they all could introduce revolutionary business models, and realize them successfully. No excuses apply.
All CEOs and managers could outgrow themselves and inspire the world. They just need to dare to, they just need to be self-confident and self-conscious enough.”


Auch in Michaels ‘How Elon Musk learns faster and better than everyone else’ ist von Musks Superpowers die Rede. Beruhigenderweise am Ende aber auch runterrelativiert auf “Elon Musk is one of a kind, but his abilities aren’t magical”.

Tatsächlich ist der Post genau deshalb interessant. Eine rationale Analyse einer einzigen, jedoch grundlegenden Muskschen Facette. Und die sollte jeder inspiration/leader drauf haben!

On Expert-Generalists

Michael sieht Musk als ‘Expert-Generalist’ (das erwarte ich auch von meinem ‘inspiration/leader’):
“Expert-generalists study widely in many different fields, understand deeper principles that connect those fields, and then apply the principles to their core specialty.
… I’m convinced that we should all learn across multiple fields in order to increase our odds of breakthrough success. … Each new field we learn that is unfamiliar to others in our field gives us the ability to make combinations that they can’t. This is the expert-generalist advantage.”

On Learning Transfer

Michael weiter: “Musk is also good at a very specific type of learning that most others aren’t even aware of - learning transfer.
Learning transfer is taking what we learn in one context and applying it to another. It can be taking a kernel of what we learn in school or in a book and applying it to the “real world.” It can also be taking what we learn in one industry and applying it to another. This is where Musk shines.”

Das nenne ich seit 2005 ‘Pattern Recognition’.
Im inspiration/leader Kontext:
“Use Your Intuition!
Beginner’s Mind! – Empathy! – Pattern Recognition!
Use Your Imagination!
Childlike Curiosity! – Peripheral View! – Synthesis!”

Dies ist die Basis disruptiver Kreativität: Muster über Branchen, Kategorien, technologische Felder hinweg zu erkennen, Schnittstellen und Schnittmengen zu erkennen, zu modularisieren,  schließlich zu etwas Innovativem wieder zusammensetzen.
Also in der Tat kein Hexenwerk, wenn es bereits bei mir steht. 🙂

Aber genau darin liegt die Eleganz des Muskschen Denkens: eigentlich könnte es jeder – würde man nur früh genug anfangen, entsprechend zu denken, zu arbeiten, zu leben.

On Contrasting Cases

Michael: “What does this mean in our day-to-day life? When we’re jumping into a new field, we shouldn’t just take one approach or best practice. We should explore lots of different approaches, deconstruct each one, and then compare and contrast them. This will help us uncover underlying principles.
Next, he reconstructs the fundamental principles in new fields.”

On asking Why?

Michael: “Keith Holyoak, a UCLA professor of psychology and one of the world’s leading thinkers on analogical reasoning, recommends people ask themselves the following two questions in order to hone their skills: “What does this remind me of?” and “Why does it remind me of it?”.
Im Grunde: Pattern Recognition, Beginner’s Mind, Intuition. (Und dabei geht es mir nicht um die Nähe zu meinem Ansatz, sondern viel eher um die frappierend bodenständige back-to-the-roots Eleganz. In greifbarer Nähe für jeden!)

Michaels Fazit

“Now, we can begin to understand how Musk has become a world-class expert-generalist:
– He spent many years reading 60 times as much as an avid reader
– He read widely across different disciplines
– He constantly applied what he learned by deconstructing ideas into their fundamental principles and reconstructing them in new ways”.

In diesem Sinne! #stopmakingsense