I'm a huge Philadelphia Eagles fan and love the NFL. Often I use football analogies when explaining Scaling Up. This week's news from the Indianapolis Colts sent shockwaves through the NFL's coaching ranks and presented the perfect situation to question how we think of experience.After an abysmal start to the season, Colt's ownership decided to part ways with their head coach. Typically when this happens, the owner hands the reins to an assistant coach to act as interim coach to finish the season. However, that's not what owner Jim Irsay did. Irsay hired an ex-Colts player whose highest level of coaching experience was high-school football. The move ......

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I just got back from a Scaling Up Summit in Denver, where I had the privilege of meeting the first female fighter pilot and Senator, Col. Martha McSally. She was

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