City Leaders and Tech Entrepreneurship

David Cummings on Startups

Nationwide there’s a real push right now among city leaders to brand their region as a tech entrepreneurship hub. Tech has been hot for several years and every city can point to a local success story within the past 24 months. As tech becomes more pervasive and more industries are affected by it, it only makes sense that cities want to capitalize on it.

Here are a few thoughts on why city leaders are so excited about tech entrepreneurship:

  • Cities are either growing or shrinking, so it makes sense to focus on a growth industry
  • The internet provides for amazing distribution, collaboration, and innovation anywhere, so the need to be in a major hub has been greatly diminished
  • The majority of new jobs created over the next 10 years will come from companies that aren’t in existence today
  • Tech jobs are much higher paying than normal jobs
  • Tech entrepreneurs that…

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6 Rules to Simplify Work and Organizations

Simples rules to simplify work, office and organizations

Welcome to my 1st post on my first WordPress Blog, because sharing on Facebook simply isn’t enough to spread relevant content and ideas.

As for my first post, I wanna start BIG. ebe6dc533509fb045e77d0668a35ab8082375b5b 1600x12I’m starting with a TED Talk that I’ve watched today (one of my favorite intellectual/knowledge based inspiration and activity) with the title “As work gets more complex, 6 rules to simplify“, from the consultant Yves Morieux, researching how corporations can adapt to a modern and complex business landscape.

Yves here asks why do people feel so miserable and disengaged at work, discussing how today’s businesses are increasingly and dizzyingly complex, arguing that traditional pillars of management and HR are obsolete, adding that it falls to individual employees to navigate the rabbit’s warren of interdependencies. Yves also offers six excellency rules for “smart simplicity”, at the same time he unravels corporations interplay, mobilizing rules from game theory and organizational sociology.

“Blame is not for failure, it is for failing to help or ask for help.”Jorgen Vig Knudstorp, The Leo Group CEO
You stop drawing boxes, dotted lines, full lines; you look at their interplay. It has a lot of implications on financial policies that we use. On human resource management practices. When you do that, you can manage complexity, the new complexity of business, without getting complicated.

You create more value with lower cost. You simultaneously improve performance and satisfaction at work because you have removed the common root cause that hinders both. Complicatedness: This is your battle, business leaders. The real battle is not against competitors. This is rubbish, very abstract. (…)
The real battle is against ourselves, against our bureaucracy, our complicatedness.”
Yves Morieux

Thanks for reading, I hope you’ve liked it and found it interesting.

Best regards,
Pedro Calado