Beware When Studying Greatness

Sean IddingsIntelligent Fanatic7 Comments

Studying intelligent fanatics, or greatness in any field should have a large disclaimer. Brent Beshore’s recent tweet should be it: Success, of any magnitude, is an excellent liar – life's fun house mirror. It rewrites history, glosses over shortcomings, magnifies talents, gives the illusion of control, strips empathy, and creates false friends/enemies. The bigger the success, the greater the distortion. … Read More

Nurturing the Intelligent Fanatic in our Children

Ian CasselIntelligent Fanatic18 Comments

Meijer, a chain of grocery stores and supercenters, is one of the largest private companies in the United States. Dutch immigrant Hendrik Meijer founded the company in 1934. Hendrik and his son Fred Meijer would open two-dozen stores over the next thirty years before opening the first modern day supercenter in 1962. Fred Meijer is best known for pioneering the … Read More

The Fallacy of Instant Success

Ian CasselLeadership1 Comment

It feels as though every day we read a headline of some money losing technology business that just eclipsed a $1 billion valuation in a short period of time. Constantly reading such things distorts reality and exacerbates a disjointed view of the effort and timeframe needed to create an exceptional business. Few exceptional businesses are created quickly. While studying Intelligent … Read More

Mary Hull – One of the First Female Intelligent Fanatics

Sean IddingsIntelligent Fanatic2 Comments

In the early 20th century, women stayed in the home or worked in acceptable female jobs that didn’t provide much room for advancement in title or pay. There certainly weren’t many female entrepreneurs from this time period, let alone female intelligent fanatics that created a market leading company. A few of our members tasked us with finding and retelling the … Read More

Now Available – Intelligent Fanatics: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

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Become a member today and get our new book, Intelligent Fanatics: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants, for FREE in PDF format [EPUB (idevice) and Mobi (Kindle) formats available upon request]. Membership is only $49.99, and it includes all current and future books, case studies, and much more.  [JOIN TODAY]. Intelligent Fanatics are the world’s greatest business builders. They create companies … Read More

Stop Bashing the Halo Effect, It’s Actually Good For You

Sean IddingsIntelligent Fanatic, LeadershipLeave a Comment

A common question we’ve received is a variation of this: “The hardest part [of business] is separating the true skills of ‘Great Leaders’ from corporate performance, i.e. the numbers themselves. Great numbers tend to create ‘Great Leader’ cover stories, often based on time periods that are too short. What are your thoughts about this?” I think at the heart of … Read More

The Power of Compounding Small Daily Decisions

Sean IddingsBusiness Blunder, Intelligent Fanatic4 Comments

“Haba na haba, hujaza kibaba” [Little by little, the pot gets filled] – Swahili proverb The beauty of learning directly from intelligent fanatics, through their stories, is that the intelligent fanatic often provides the source of inspiration for their great ideas. Ian and I have found that these ideas often come from great leaders that came before them. Intelligent fanatics take these ideas, put their … Read More

The Genius of Jeff Bezos

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Intelligent fanatics hit targets that no one else sees. Jeff Bezos was able to see differently than nearly everybody else in the early 2000’s, and continues today, largely in part to his fanatical preparation. In Jeff Bezos’ biography The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon, childhood friend Joshua Weinstein recalled, “He was excruciatingly focused. Not like mad-scientist focused, but … Read More