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17191: Maddie: the 8-old Entrepreneur – Part 1

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When you are trying to explain the subtleties of organizational politics or the nature of corporate governance, or the difficulty of making strategic decisions, nothing is more useful than an 8-year old entrepreneur.

Little did we know that she would become so central to podcast but she was the product of a need, a talented actor and a moment of inspiration.

Maddie was an afterthought, a character invented to fill an episode but quickly she became the way of exploring the mind of young CEOs. She had no fear. She did things because she could.She had a hard time shaking a minor grudge and yet would be distracted by a puppy. Underneath all of that was a leader who was trying to find her way.

In this episode, we have assembled and re-editted some of the first stories, so that you can appreciate how she thinks and how we all become leaders.

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Cast:

Maddie: Zoe Anastasiou

Penelope Othmar, Principal: Debbon Ayer

Vinny the CTO: Geoffrey Grier

Evelyne the Business Manager: Margaux Amie

Airport Official: Josh LaForce

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17145: Building a Staff for a Tech Company – Bits & People

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It’s like a blind date. Only worse. With a date you have the presence of hope shackled only by the vaguest of required qualifications. But like a date, a tech company staff has to be created today with the changing future ever in mind. And the results are not always pretty.

Maddie is hiring the staff for her startup with Vinny receiving, but not approving, her ideas. Steps are tentative. Plans are in process. Perhaps the worse part of it is that she is trying to launch a new service and isn’t completely clear about how that service will organize her customers – or her community, if you wish to take an idealist view of things.

In the process, Maddie has to face her old nemesis and ask “How does a real CEO behave?”

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Cast:

Maddie: Zoe Anastasiou

Penelope Othmar, Principal: Debbon Ayer

Vinny the CTO: Geoffrey Grier

Evelyn the Business Manager: Margaux Amie

Sean with a Resume: Margaux Amie

Sullivan from PR: Josh LaForce

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17135: The Agile Board

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Agility begins at home. Or more to the point, it begins with the board. Too often, companies are organized conventionally and then the CEO tries to make the Agile by applying various tricks and procedures. As Vinny argues in today’s episode, you really need to start at the top, think of the company as a whole, and start by understanding the claims and obligations of all parties.

It is a little crazy, we do admit, to build a company for an 8-year-old Entrepreneur. But it is not crazy to ask how your CEO will grow into the leadership demands of the organization.

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Cast:

Evelyn-the-Business-Manager: Margaux Amie

Sully-from-Poliy & PR: Josh LaForce

Vinny-the-CTO: Geoffrey Grier

Penelope-the-Principal: Debbon Ayer

Maddie-the-8-year-old-Entrepreneur: Zoe Anastassiou

Delores Payne-Perkins: Margaux Amie

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17020: An Unusual CTO and a New Entrepreneur

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An unusual CTO and a New Entrepreneur. What will they be doing this spring? Exploring the problems of technology and governance. However for the moment, we give you a quick introduction into the cast members behind Vinny & Maddie
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16440: Why do we Stand & Why do we Scrum?

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We stand at our morning meeting and listen to a guy named a scrum master. What do these things tell us about organizations? And what do they tell us about technology? (Perhaps that it has much in common with more humble work?) A sketch of our morning standup meeting and an introduction not our new Master Scrummaster, Bix

Featuring:

  • Geoffrey Grier as Vinny the CTO
  • Josh La Force as Sulley from PR
  • Margaux Amie as Evelyn the Business Manager
  • Noah Masur as Rohit from IT
  • Sarah Corbyn Woolf as Anna-the-Intern

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Introducing John C Havens as Bix the Master Scrum Master

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16415: Grace Hopper Celebration & A Vision for the Future

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Visions don’t always work as we like.

The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is the largest regular tech conference for Women in the World.

Our 8-year-old entrepreneur has visions of attending and showing Screen Shot 2016-10-17 at 11.46.23 AMher new startup to a receptive world. We also discuss the challenges of building a good vision, one that guides your organization and actually makes sense.

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16410: The Vision Thing

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What is Vision? Business or Organizational Vision? Is just a fantasy? or a vague idea based on unproven technology? It is actually a very specific and useful concept, if you understand it. A clear vision can help you plan for the future, manage what you are doing, and assess your project. However, before you can do any of those things, you need to understand the basic elements. To our 8-year old entrepreneur, vision is a computer controlled still cutter, but she is still learning her way.

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