Oct 17, 2023Liked by Neel Mehta

Loved this issue - the skiing article and the โ€œhidden keystonesโ€. One thing that struck me about the comment โ€œrewarded in performance management systemsโ€ - I feel like keystones are often unfairly overlooked in silly-valley type cultures, but work in Iโ€™ve done with (say) more traditional manufacturing companies, or mid-size, Midwest financial services companies Iโ€™ve seen a lot of those types of people, typically very tenured, typically not very senior but seemingly both highly respected and satisfied in their work.

Iโ€™m not sure this adds to the article but - maybe thereโ€™s just a question of velocity here. In very high velocity environments hidden keystones havenโ€™t had the chance to develop - they simply donโ€™t exist. In low velocity walking-pace environments, they exist and are well nurtured and respected. Itโ€™s the medium pace still-thinks-itโ€™s-a-startup hasnโ€™t quite figured itself out yet where the tension is greatest.

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Thank you for sharing! I appreciate the idea of velocity as a factor which makes hidden keystones harder to see.

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