“You need to be able to temper that overachievement, and temper that rush to get things done, with the ability to be patient enough to wait for the tide to come to you.”

Robert King, Baskerville Capital Management


Robert King and I recently met up at the offices of Baskerville Capital Management in Washington, DC for a conversation on “Baskerville’s Methodology for Idea Generation” — an area of particular interest to The Manual of Ideas.  Latticework is proud to showcase a keen observation that Robert shared in our discussion:

For the most part, a lot of the people who are in this business tend to be overachievers.  The problem is there aren’t a lot of slacker-overachievers.  Every now or then you will run into one but they are very rare.  To some extent, you have to pull in the demeanor of a slacker without actually taking in any of the worst characteristics of a slacker.   You have to be able look at the market and be overachieving (in that you want to do better than everyone else) but you need to be able to temper that overachievement, and temper that rush to get things done, with the ability to be patient enough to wait for the tide to come to you.  That’s the biggest thing that I’ve been able to learn; finding ways to be patient enough to wait for the tide to come to you.

 

Prior to founding Baskerville Capital Management, Robert King was a lawyer at a law firm working on corporate and restructuring matters. Robert holds a BA in Mathematics and a BS in Neurobiology from The University of Texas at Austin, a JD from Georgetown University, and an MBA from Yale University.  Not the typical biography of a slacker!