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jfeldman
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11/22/2013 | 8:01:38 PM
Re: Entrepreneurial Leader Vs. Entrepreneur
Indeed.
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jfeldman,
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11/22/2013 | 8:00:40 PM
Re: Entrepreneurial Leader Vs. Entrepreneur
Just as there are different types of editors :) there are different types of CIOs. I've met many that are quite entrepreneurial, who frankly care more about moving the pick forward for the organization -- and, incidentally, their careers -- than about job security. There's also the Maintenance CIO and lots of other types with at least 50 shades of gray. ;) My point: It's not a yes/no equation.
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11/22/2013 | 6:53:31 PM
Re: Entrepreneurial Leader Vs. Entrepreneur
Having worked in an emerging company and more established ones, the biggest difference I find is the depth and variety of resources -- colleagues -- I have to draw on at a larger, more established company.
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11/22/2013 | 2:53:10 PM
Re: Pragmatism
Yes at times it is hard to let go a bit, after all if someone has invested 17500+ hours into a startup (then definitely it has grown), has also made others invest an equal amount of time and is fond of micro management then they will be layers and layers of reasoning why a certain process is conducted in a certain way. It becomes easy as well when the startup realizes that in order to sustain growth it is equally important to let go a bit, provide that full communication with the person who is going to take over the task understands the layers of complications involved, next if they want to make changes -- it won't be worrisome. 
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11/22/2013 | 2:23:06 PM
Re: Entrepreneurial Leader Vs. Entrepreneur
Yes I completely agree, I think firstly, a CEO should not be telling a CIO to "let's out-source IT" or "let's do one of those SDN things" as the CIO should be coming up with all of these ideas themselves because at the end of the day if the business next door is more efficient and is out competing the firm, and ideas are not flowing then the game is already over. If the CIO is not wanting to lose some of their employees because they want to provide them with job security, then again I think the CIO is causing more harm than gain to the employees as wages in an IT department should be theoretically lower then wages in a specialized Cloud firm (for the same skill sets). 

 
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11/22/2013 | 11:28:13 AM
Mentality
These are great insights!  I also feel that working for a company changes the way you think.  Most companies have templates, standards, and ways of doing things that are towards there brand.  When you are an entrepreneur you use your own thoughts, have your own brand, you are your own boss.  Corporate world conforms you to a certain way, a certain mentality that maybe certain people can't break after years of it but wish they could so hold envy towards those entrepreneurs.
Alison Diana
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11/22/2013 | 10:34:52 AM
Re: Pragmatism
I wonder if it's hard to let go, to delegate, when you're dealing with your startup? After all, this is an idea you've probably nurtured for years, poured sweat and blood equity into, and worked countless 100+ hour weeks over. Must be challenging to overcome that "I can do it better myself" mentality.
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11/22/2013 | 9:47:38 AM
Re: Entrepreneurial Leader Vs. Entrepreneur
I think lots of CIOs are being ASKED to become more entrepreneurial, but when push comes to shove their overseers are as risk averse as they are. 
Shane M. O'Neill
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11/22/2013 | 9:31:52 AM
Pragmatism
Being pragmatic (choosing your battles, compromising to get a project done) is essential to survival at the corporate executive ranks. I understand that being pragmatic can kill a startup's chance of acheiving that great innovative breakthrough. But successful startup enterpreneurs tell us: do you need to become more pragmatic (with staff, partners, customers, funders) once real money rolls in and you hire more people?
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11/22/2013 | 8:46:46 AM
Entrepreneurial Leader Vs. Entrepreneur
Interesting food for thought, given that many IT leaders are being asked to be more entrepreneurial within their own businesses -- innovate new lines of business, new communication routes with customers, new data-driven process changes, etc.

Can Kelly or others speak to the differences between running a startup and becoming an entreprenurial success inside a company?
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