What about time? One point that surrounds Brad Feld’s Startup communities is the element of time. He says that an entrepreneurial leader needs to commit to a “rolling” 20 years.
Over that period of time it is pretty easy to switch from the “crazy networked entrepreneur” to the “staid hierarchical status quo” ( He calls this the patriarch problem). I think it’s a little deeper than one guy. We are all searching for stability.
On a personal level the Rands In Repose: Stables and Volatiles post speaks to an entrepreneurs journey from “volatile” to “stable”. Most people I passed this along to said, “Great Stuff. It doesn’t talk about the needed renewal. The story where the stable goes back to his/her roots. Where is that article?”
On a higher level Roger Martin’s Knowledge Funnel illustrates this journey. His book The Design of Business does a great job of describing communication between what he calls “validity” and “reliability”.
On another plane psychologist Jon Haidt’s new book Book Review: The Righteous Mind – WSJ.com speaks to the moral values espoused by those who believe more in individuality vs those who believe in institutions. Interesting stuff. This book is a great read. Absolutely mind warping. Buy it for yourself for Christmas. Or go the library and put yourself on the wait list.