Business Growth comes through Chaotic Compliance

by Daniel Batten on October 15, 2009

“What is this chaotic compliance?”

Chaotic compliance means this – in business there are some rules you must follow.

You must

– become financially literate…

– earn more than thou spendeth (unless you have capital – and used me to help you get the valuation you deserved).

– align your values (not just your complimentary skills) with your co-founders.

– realize that ideas are commodities, great products are a given and 10% of what matters, and the business execution is everything else.

– listen to people smarter than you. Even if you are Bill Gates: he listened to his (lawyer) parents) … hey where do you think he got the cool idea of a licensing agreement to IBM for Windows. Do you think that was a decision of consequence/ a bit of listening worth doing?

there are some rules you must break.

I can’t tell you which rules to break and how, because then that would become another rule.

Rule-following is a science …

rule-breaking is an art.

The rules are like the roots that ground you, the rule-breakers are like the leaves that inspire you to the heights. You need both in business.

The single best thing I would say I do as a business mentor is to show people which rules to follow and help people work out which ones to break. If you want some guidelines on rule-breaking and some examples – make a request in the comments and if there is demand, I’ll tell you more.

Chaotic compliance is one powerful example of paradigm bridging and it is your ticket to fast & beautiful business growth.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

danielbatten October 19, 2009 at 7:09 am

Hi Frances,

RE: *the shareholder is always right* Shareholders often don’t agree with eachother – so impossible for them to be always right.

RE: *older shareholders are adverse to risk* do you mean shareholders with more grey hair, or shareholders who’ve been with the company longer? If you mean more grey hair, I’d say there is a tendancy there – especially if they are pre-baby-boomers (ie : “veterins” who’ve been through either war rationing or the great depression ) to be more conservative.


Frances October 26, 2009 at 11:09 pm

Hi Daniel,

I think some more specifics from me, may have been more helpful for this test break, but I thought I’d throw something in.
Would be good to catch up in person next time I’m up your way!
I love all your work so far.


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