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What is the difference between being paranoid and being vigilant in turbulent times?

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Rakesh Wadhwa:

What is the difference between being paranoid and staying vigilant in the context of responding t the current chaos?

 

George Day:

Not Much! I am going to go back to probably the most influential leader of a vigilant company. That was Andy Grove, 20 years ago, shifted Intel dramatically. Because they could look over the horizon and see that their business model could not succeed in the long term. So, based on that experience about 12 years now, he wrote a book – Only the paranoids survive. His definition of paranoia looks a lot of our definition of vigilance that is acute sensitivity to changes, anomalies, weak signals. So he really set a stage to a lot of work that we have done. So my answer would be there are of similarities between being vigilant and being paranoid. So, I’ll again remind you of a title – It is healthy to be paranoid.

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