Category: vision

Seven Proven Ways Startup Leaders Can Enhance Their Executive Presence

Original artwork by Katie Rhead

I’ve served as an executive coach for startup executives, and the number one request I get from their boss (typically the founder or lead VC) is to help the coachee improve their executive presence. That’s a challenging request because while we’d all like to have a more substantial executive presence, it’s not always clear what that means in actionable terms.

What Is “Executive Presence”? — Let’s start with how I define executive presence: It’s how people feel and talk about you when you’re not in the room. Are they inspired to follow you? Are they confident you can take them to a better place? While some of us have worked with leaders who have a natural ability to do this, I’ve seen all manner of startup leaders work with an executive coach and improve their executive presence. It starts with a personal commitment to focus on fundamental leadership principles they put into daily practice.

How To Enhance Your Executive Presence — Here are seven proven leadership principles startup leaders can deploy to improve their executive presence (ideally working with a coach or colleague as an accountability partner):

1.) Vision: “I Have A Dream” — All of us have an instinctual desire to be part of something bigger than ourselves. One of the outstanding leaders of the 20th century was Martin Luther King, best known for his “I Have A Dream” speech. Leaders such as MLK were gifted in visualizing for their followers the better place they collectively wanted (Read more...)

Visualizing the Evolution of Vision and the Eye

This post is by Mark Belan from Visual Capitalist

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Infographic illustrating the development of the eye

Roadmapping the Evolution of the Eye

Throughout history, numerous creatures have evolved increasingly complex eyes in response to different selective pressures.

Not all organisms, however, experience the same pressures. It’s why some creatures today still have eyes that are quite simple, or why some have no eyes at all. These organisms exemplify eyes that are “frozen” in time. They provide snapshots of the past, or “checkpoints” of how the eye has transformed throughout its evolutionary journey.

Scientists study the genes, anatomy, and vision of these creatures to figure out a roadmap of how the eye came to be. And so, we put together an evolutionary graphic timeline of the eye’s different stages using several candidate species.

Let’s take a look at how the eye has formed throughout time.

Where Vision Comes From

The retina is a layer of nerve tissue, often at the back of the eye, that is sensitive to light.

When light hits it, specialized cells called photoreceptors transform light energy into electrical signals and send them to the brain. Then the brain processes these electrical signals into images, creating vision.

The earliest form of vision arose in unicellular organisms. Containing simple nerve cells that can only distinguish light from dark, they are the most common eye in existence today.

The ability to detect shapes, direction, and color comes from all of the add-ons evolution introduces to these cells.

Two Major Types of Eyes

Two major eye types (Read more...)