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Lean Startup Leadership: It’s Time to Bury Caesar


“Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears; I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.” (Julius Caesar, Act III, Scene II)

The modern day Caesar is the boss who gives thumbs up or thumbs down on all decisions. Decisions made by politics, persuasion, and PowerPoint.

There is a new kind of management.

At Intuit we are asking all of our leaders work to create and embrace systems that empower any employee to run fast, cheap experiments. When you make decisions through experiment, the best idea can prove itself.

I had an insightful conversation with serial entrepreneur Eric Ries about this topic. In this clip, we talk about the role of a leader in a Lean Startup company or a Lean Startup project to create a culture of experimentation.

One of the most important questions facing business leaders is how to build a culture where innovation thrives.

It’s time to bury Caesar.

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Brad Smith

Intuit President and CEO Brad Smith has his head in the cloud. He’s the driving force behind Intuit’s transformation to connected services. When not spending time with his wife and two daughters, Smith plays the saxophone and guitar and practices karate. Don’t expect him to quit his day job. Follow him on LinkedIn and on Twitter @IntuitBrad

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