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Venkat @vgr

Anytime I work with people who are top of the world ar what they do, I’m struck by how enormously overburdened they are. You could clone then 10 times and still not hit diminishing returns on their time. In the short term, innovations that increase the leverage of the top people is way more valuable for societal throughput than raising the floor for everybody else.

Making a Steve Jobs 1% better at being Steve Jobs has instant >1% improvement on world. For a while.

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This is incidentally why consulting for execs is about 10x more lucrative per hour than say career coaching. In fact 90% of the world does not even merit individualized improvement effort from others. 9% offer modest returns, 1% leveraged returns.

This is why self-improvement is a DIY field. If more people were worth individual attention, other-improvement books would be more common. The only other group that’s positive net social utility for individual attention is... babies!

@vgr how does a non-high-leverage non-elite-exec consultant facilitate an even marginal improvement for someone that can 10x without hitting marginal returns? Is it all in playing with direction, given that their magnitude is already so great?

@perplexedsphex comparative advantage. For example a good executive assistant helping a great exec is probably more impactful on the world than a mediocre neuroscientist.

@vgr  "In fact 90% of the world does not even merit individualized improvement effort from others."  Uh, were you referring to me there?

@monsterbater are you expecting a personalized response 🤣

> Making a Steve Jobs 1% better at being Steve Jobs has instant >1% improvement on world. For a while.
@vgr Making Steve Jobs 1% better at inventing silos would have an instant >1% improvement on the world's silosness?
Interesting point.

@xrevan86 yep, though the siloness would only matter immediately if the trisolarans were attacking

@vgr I trust what you're saying, but how can this actually be true?

That is - what was Steve Jobs actually doing with his day to day?

So far, 95% of the "Executives" I've met and worked with have been unimpressive, unwilling or incapable of keeping complex systems in their head, and lacking in any real useful vision.

@jamescgibson yes most executives are not Steve Jobs! I’d guess 90% are between useless and actively damaging

@vgr Are these people you work with who are at the top of their game working on really stellar teams? Or are they holding up an org full of C-grade players by themselves? (Probably a mix?)