Fix education!

Looking at what is happening in the US, I think it’s fair to say that their education system is completely and utterly broken.

Forget about universities or colleges being about preparing you for a corporate career. The first order of business should be to have the fundamental ability and urge to teach kids and young adults about critical thinking, civic behavior and the likes.

To enable them to actually like in a democracy and not being taken on crazy rides by whatever authoritarian person offers to do so.

Failure to ensure that people can think the themselves and not be drawn to conspiracies and flat out lies will ensure failure in everything else – none mentioned, none forgotten.

Fixing education and the equal access to quality education is the biggest problem and – by association – the biggest opportunity for entrepreneurial spirits who thoroughly understand what’s truly at stake if this doesn’t get fixed.

We can only move too slow on this.

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Test your candidates

I am not only in the process of recruiting a Head of Product for our new MedTech X. I am also trying to find a new experienced UX/Designer for our inQvation Studio team.

The approach around recruiting is the same: Ditch the traditional job ad and application process and instead allow interested candidates to book an informal online interview so hear more and assess mutual interest.

The response has been pretty overwhelming with almost 20 interviews lined up so far.

It takes a lot of time, and you can debate whether it’s after all the right approach for a more junior role. But at least it gets the conversation going and get us in touch with some interesting candidates.

One of the things I have decided to do because of the interest is to develop a test for the candidates; a specific reallife test to assess how they think and what they produce in a ‘live situation’.

The candidates will be given a test that we ourselves have struggled with, i.e. solve it well and show us you have got what it takes to really make a difference in the team – which it is essentially all about.

The test both has a ‘thinking’ part and a ‘doing’ part. Both are super important to showcase for a candidate because it is what makes the complete team member.

We are not looking for someone to just do and not think. And we’re not looking for a thinker, who’s not a do’er.

We need and value the combo.

Candidates will be given a few days to complete and return the case, and it will be key to us deciding who to call back for a more in-depth interview.

After that? We shouldn’t be too far from a decision, which is all the more easier to make when you have a good, solid and ‘real’ test to look at.

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Screaming is not solving

One thing the iQnite case competition on climate change has taught me is that there is a big difference between talking a problem up and the ability or desire to do anything about it.

While we often hear and see young people on the street protesting against climate sinners and calling for action NOW!, I look at the submissions we got for iQnite and the outreach I tried to do to create interest in participating and helping solve some of the real issues. And I see that there are none – ZERO – participants from this group of very activist young people.

Those who did signup were by and large a bit older, had some relevant experience in their belts and – for that reason – had some pretty specific ideas on where they could apply their experience to affect change. And I have come to think that maybe that is just how it is; that the foundation for creating the change and impact needed is that you actually know something and have identified areas, where impact could be created and not just have the ability to protest (eventhough those protests are certainly very valid).

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