MaRS Best Practices - Seven Things
If you're like most people who have managed projects, process and people, you didn't learn how to become a manager in a classroom. If you were lucky, you had a good boss from whom you could learn. As an entrepreneur though, how can you build on your experience to become a better manager when you have no one's example to follow? Charles Plant became an entrepreneur before he was 30 and had to learn to be a manager the hard way, by making mistake after lonely mistake. This Best Practices session outlines the seven things he wished he had known when he started managing and how he eventually learned them.
About the Speaker:
Charles Plant is the founder and chairman of Material Minds. He founded this management training company because he had run into one too many managers who were overworked, overwhelmed and armed with little management training. In a career spanning 30 years, Charles has coached over 1,000 managers. He spent four years at MaRS, leading a group of former entrepreneurs and specialists who provided education, mentorship, market intelligence and capital to over 2,000 technology startups. Prior to MaRS, Charles spent 15 years as co-founder and CEO of Synamics, a telecommunications software firm that provided mass calling platforms to telcos. Additionally, he has taught at York’s Schulich School of Business.
Part of the MaRS Best Practices Series
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MaRS Discovery District, Social Innovation Generation & Ashoka Canada present
MaRS (www.marsdd.com) is a large scale, mission driven innovation centre located in Toronto and networked across Ontario, focused on building Canada’s next generation of technology companies.
MaRS works closely with entrepreneurs to grow and scale their ventures into global market leaders in life sciences and health care, information, communications and entertainment technologies, cleantech, advanced materials and engineering, as well as innovative social purpose businesses.
Social Innovation Generation (SiG) (www.sigeneration.ca) is a collaborative partnership founded by The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, the University of Waterloo, the MaRS Discovery District, and the PLAN Institute. Our ultimate goal is to support whole system change through changing the broader economic, cultural and policy context in Canada to allow social innovations to flourish.
Ashoka (canada.ashoka.org) is the global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs – individuals with system-changing solutions for the world’s most urgent social problems. Ashoka is redefining the global citizen sector by creating a system of collaborative entrepreneurship. Connecting the work of individual social entrepreneurs to business, academic and public sector partners, they create a network effect driving the sector forward and developing new solutions to global problems.