Wanted: suggestions for new Bucket list pioneers
We are always curious to discover potential pioneers for our Bucket list. Do you have suggestions for us? If so, please share them with us, and tell us why you think this pioneer should be added to the list.
I would like to propose Prof. Günter Faltin, he founded Teekampagne in 1985. With this first concept he educates a creative culture of entrepreneurship.
He founded in 2001 "Stiftung Entrepreneurship" and for over 20 years he and this foundation organised meet-ups called "Labor für Entrepreneurship". In fact an incubator for a creative culture of entrepreneurship and to practice entrepreneurial design.
He wrote two books „Kopf schlägt Kapital“ and „Wir sind das Kapital“ both with - Unternehmensbeispiele für eine intelligentere Ökonomie.
Jack Ma is the founder of Alibaba, Alipay and a number of other branches of businesses that have grown off the back of the success of Alibaba. That company is recognised as the Amazon of China - although it is just as big!
He is a person who was quite unremarkable. Couldn't get a place at university, couldn't get a job and ended up being a primary school teacher. In his spare time, he learned english by being a tour guide at the forbidden city in Beijing. A chance encounter with one of the owners of Yahoo as one of his 'tourists' where he told him he was going to create the Amazon of China got him his first $50K. That investment in him and Alibaba resulted in Yahoo's investment being worth more than Yahoo itself!
From a progressive perspective, in the Chinese context it is very progressive. His own philosophies around gender and other forms of diversity and actually doing it are there. The firm itself has leveraged the power of social to create and influence the state apparatus significantly. They have influenced financial services, logistics and payment services across China and Asia.
His view about himself was refreshing. He made it very clear when someone asked him do you want to be the richest entrepreneur in the world. He said "no". I am already richer than anyone ever needs to be. But I will retire before those that are richer and spend time with my children and family. I will help grow others to become the leaders. It is worth investigating his philosophies on people, organisations and business.
Social capital and social networks are becoming increasingly important in today’s economy at large, and for individuals within organisations. For my MSc dissertation in Organisational Psychology, I researched how newcomers transition into a self-managing organisation (Lee & Edmondson, 2017), an organisation where authority is decentralised and classic manager-subordinate relationships are absent.
It’s all about your people. Now more than ever. But in knee-jerk reactions to the coronavirus many companies are laying off large numbers. I want to shout out to the shareholder-value managers driven by their spreadsheets: “This is not only inhumane. It is bad for your business!”. Why? It will harm your company. Companies that treat their people best in bad times emerged as winners in the past.
"Nothing reveals character like a crisis." We wrote this recently and, as predicted, during the Corona crisis, companies revealed their true colors. Recently, we highlighted the bad. So let's turn to the good, and highlight organizations that not only talk about putting people first, but also walk their talk. Let's applaud those that put their money where their mouth is in difficult times.