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Building smart teams

Success and failure are often separated by teams that work well together and teams that don’t, yet building a team has often been considered a soft science. An activity that great leaders could be intuitively better at, but that people screw up on more often than not. But professors Anita Woolley, Thomas Malone, and Christopher […]

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Living by first principles

Elon Musk points out that reasoning from first principles is a physics kind of idea. And in fact, the famous physicist Richard Feynman can show us first principles as applied to ordinary life.

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Announcing the 2016 Dent Scholars: Welcome Maryann, Kevin, Kavita, and Ryan

Back in June we announced that for the first time in 2016, we would be offering a scholarship program to bring to Dent people who would otherwise not be able to attend. The scholarships are funded through the sales of “Alchemist” registrations to Dent. We are now happy to welcome our four selected Dent Scholars […]

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The Dent 2016 Aquarius Reefbase Experience

The Dent conference explores the magic and science of visionary leadership and groundbreaking success. Request an invitation here. 12/1 UPDATE: As a special bonus,  astronaut/aquanaut Cady Coleman (@Astro_Cady) will be joining our group of divers, press and other VIPs to teach the participants about her time as an Aquarius resident during her NEEMO expedition. If Cady’s […]

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Denting the Universe vs Owning the Universe

Joel Spolsky and David Heinemeier Hansson on venture capital and the "disrupt-o-mania" mindset.

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Dent Scholarship Applications Close on October 1st

Each year Dent brings together a diverse and fascinating group of people who are “putting a dent in the universe,” ranging from entrepreneurs to artists, VCs to designers, and a little bit of practically everything in between. The power of Dent comes significantly from putting the right people in the same place for four days […]

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Simple is hard

“How long does it take you to prepare one of your speeches?” asked a friend of President Wilson not long ago. “That depends on the length of the speech,” answered the President. “If it is a ten-minute speech it takes me all of two weeks to prepare it; if it is a half-hour speech it […]

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Yawns and Empathy: Research Validates Detective Sociopath "Test"

In our session “lessons from a consulting detective” presented in Sun Valley last March, Mark Duncan described several techniques that he relies on to sense if a suspect is a true sociopath. One of the inspirations for the session came from the dramatic approach used by Idris Elba in his portrayal of detective John Luther. […]

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Can you be a good entrepreneur if you've never built a successful company?

This question is riddled with ill-defined words. What is "good"? What is "successful"? For that matter, what is "entrepreneur?"

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Why it's OK to celebrate great leaders

No great technological (or scientific, etc) leaps happen as solo acts; companies and research labs succeed through the efforts of teams,

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Greatness is talent plus recognition

At Dent each year we spend a lot of time breaking down what it takes to be, for lack of a better term, one of the “greats.” Even though it’s not well defined, our society seems to have a pretty good consensus on what it is to be great: we all agree there are some […]

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Why ethical decisions escape us

It turns out that we as groups of humans are pretty bad at actually making ethical decisions. And according to professor Ann Tenbrunsel, it's mostly because we don't recognize we're making ethical decisions when we make them.

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Metrics go beyond "what you manage," they define your product and its possibilityes

Everyone's heard the adage that you manage what you measure, and so we all understand that it's important to pick business metrics that encourage the right kind of growth.

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Auteurship at Pixar: Great Ideas Come From Great People

This year, the Dent Library included the new book Creativity, Inc, and it’s one of the best business books I’ve ever read. Every time I finish a chapter I feel like I’ve gotten a book’s worth of knowledge out of it. It’s also full of insights into the movie making process and Pixar, and one […]

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Dent Launches Scholarship Program for 2016 Conference

We're very excited to announce that thanks to several generous and early Alchemist-level Dent registrants, we'll be able to provide a scholarship program to Dent 2016.

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Future Toys: Our Comic-Con Panel

At our third Comic-Con panel, panelists will discuss how new technologies such as A.I., mobile computing and robotics are powering the latest toys are changing the future of play.

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