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Entrepreneurial Management 101: Minimally Invasive Management - KPCB 12-200 CEO Workshop

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KPCB Partner, Randy Komisar talks about Entrepreneurial Management 101: Minimally Invasive Management at KPCB's 12 to 200 CEO Workshop, a conference on growing entrepreneurial businesses, held in Stanford, California on July 16, 2013. Entrepreneurs should consider adopting a concept I call "minimally invasive management." People think about management and imagine adding dead wood on top of productive people. That's a reflection of a time when managers were supervisors. People were the means of production. They needed to be clocked, and tracked in a Frederick Taylor-like way. Time and motion drove success. People did jobs that machines weren't smart enough to do yet. But we're now in a different world, where people are not the means of production -- they're the means of creation. And management has a different role. You need to think about management differently. Managers are not the boss. They're a service. They serve the people doing the work. Nobody is more important in an organization than the people doing the work. Management's role should be to remove the impediments that are in front of the people doing the work so that they can do it well -- and so they can be satisfied, rewarded and motivated in their work. If you think of managers as being accountable not just to leadership, but also to the people doing the work, you begin to come up with a different concept of management.