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Data of the People for the People

In the old days of TV, we traded our attention for free content, currently we are trading access to social media sites for data about ourselves. Hackers and corporations are using that data against us or to extract more money for us. Along comes the idea that we, as individuals, should be able to own and control our own data and even profit from it.

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Diversity of Thought in an AI World

Diversity is often touted as a desirable attribute in the modern organization, an interesting focus is diversity of thought, that is often expressed as desirable in entrepreneurship courses. Diversity of thought is having people around you that think differently thus helping to incorporate new ideas into today’s solution approaches.

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Followership is the New Leadership

Followership is a relatively lesser used term than leadership. Lots of organizations have leadership training very few have followership training, in our modern organizations, this is changing.

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What 20 things are Angel Investors looking for?

While each investor tends to have their own preferences, the following are areas of focus:
1 Intellectual property which is protectable.
2 Experienced team with the demonstrated ability to implement.
3 A team supported by investors and advisers who have connections to potential partners and first customers.
4 A team that listens, and is interested in new ideas.

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Want an Ethical Culture?

In emergency response organizations such as police, fire and military, practice improves the individual’s ability to respond effectively to an emergency. In an emergency, one’s thinking ability diminishes and we tend to fall back on instinct and what we have already learned by rote. An emergency tends not to be a time to think out a solution to the situation but a time to act. We, as a species, aren’t good at thinking in an emergency, its either fight or flight, thinking doesn’t tend to fit.

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What does Music tell us about Leadership?

Consider an orchestra, we have the different music sections and the conductor leading. Traditionally we think of the conductor as being the leader. When we listen to a symphony we hear the harmonized music, each section of the orchestra contributing to the whole, each section blending together to produce the sound. The conductor facilitates the blending of the music. If we look at the musicians, each are highly skilled with their own instrument.

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Are we Homo Entrepreneurus?

Entrepreneurship is a natural profession. What do I mean by a natural profession? There are somethings that we humans do that appear “hardwired” within us. Consider the muscle and skeleton structure of our necks, buttocks, toes, foot arch and hamstrings, it’s obvious that among primates we are the running species. No other primates are structured like we are to run. Running is our natural activity.

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Teaching project management to all professions

Typically, the teaching of project management is focused on teaching those that will one day become project managers as their profession. In the university environment, project management is often taught as a course to all students regardless of intended profession. The definition of a project can be loosely defined, for example, non-project management fields also do “projects”, however, they might refer to them as initiatives or similar such words, for example, psychology experiments or marketing campaigns or engineering or organizational restructuring. So why is project management not taught to all professions?

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