Watson Institute Vision, Mission, and Principles


Develop young leaders and entrepreneurs to solve the toughest challenges facing the world.


Create and scale a new model of higher education that launches impactful lives and successful careers.

Protect your Courage

We as people are driven by an unshakable desire to make the future better than the past.  Doing so requires great strength in the face of challenges, taking the road less traveled, and unshakable courage.  Watson Institute is the place, the community, and the education that aims to protect the courage of next generation entrepreneurial leaders.

Go the extra mile (or 37…)

We strive to go above and beyond each day in things great and small to create a transformative culture for our students, partners, and team.  We believe the magic is in the details and are inspired by moments when we witness the transformation, meaning, and impact created by going the extra mile (or 37…).

Return on Relationships (ROR)

We believe at the root of all progress are powerful relationships with mentors, peers, partners, friends, co-founders, and family.  Watson Institute thinks and acts in terms of return on relationships (ROR) such that every day of our lives we make decisions based on what is going to strengthen the relationships that are most important to us.  It is these powerful relationships that equip our students with the community and network to lead impactful lives and successful careers.

Operational Excellence

We strive for excellence in all that we do – from the big things like building a new partnership to the small things like daily communication – because we believe if our organization is run with excellence our impact will be amplified.  Operational excellence shows up in always following up and always following through; direct, honest, and frequent communication; and well designed, efficient organizational processes and systems.  We recognize that when something is done with excellence, the magic is often in the details.

A Culture of Coaching

Whether it’s the transformation of the students in our program or the continual growth and professional development of everyone on our team, we constantly invest in building our people, growing ourselves as leaders, and actively seeking out coaching and opportunities to learn because the stronger our people, the greater our impact.  Our culture of coaching extends throughout all levels of the organization and manifests itself in our belief that the best managers and leaders are great coaches.

The Means = The End

We do not believe that the means are justified by the end.  Rather we believe the means and the end are inextricably linked.  We believe the strongest teams, cultures, and organizations are built upon a foundation of deep integrity and alignment between who we are as individuals, why we do what we do, and how we do it.  Our ultimate outcomes, impact, and mission are determined by each step, no matter how small, in our day to day efforts.  As a result, we treat these ‘small’ steps with great dignity, quality, and attention knowing that they will determine our ultimate outcome.  From the respect we show each other, to always assuming positive intent for everyone in our organization, our community, and our partners, we believe exemplifying integrity and respect and aligning our actions of today – both big and small – with the world we want to create in the future enables us to reach new horizons of impact and is simply the right thing to do.