Consulting, real estate sector, politics… Iván Espinosa de los Monteros has made a name for himself in the panorama of Spanish personalities thanks to his professional career. For this reason, the former economic spokesperson of Vox and former representative of Congress became one of the participants in the Dialogues of Influence, a colloquium organized by the Spanish Confederation of Young Entrepreneurs Associations (CEAJE) and whose master of ceremonies is Fermín Albaladejo, president of the organization.
In the speech, Espinosa de los Monteros recounted some of his experiences throughout his parliamentary and business career. His double vision of public policies, on the side of Congress and outside the chamber, was the first question that Albaladejo asked him, and Espinosa de los Monteros tried to explain the differences between one side and the other. To this end, he gives a clear example of how the political class takes steps without being fully aware of the limits it can bring depending on which sectors: “If at the time the government established a mandatory signing of the work, for a company like mine, where there is a lot of movement of suppliers, it is troublesome to have to record each of those instances. However, if you do not control everything, then you will be punished by the Labor Inspection, “said the former deputy, thus trying to criticize the lack of experience of the current political class in the private sector when they themselves are the ones who make the decisions that affect companies.
That’s why Espinosa de los Monteros considers it important that the political class begins to realize its importance for the future of companies and other private agents, which “only seek to create wealth and jobs.” In this way, Espinosa expressed the opinion that the state is necessary, but exclusively as a “party arbitrator,” making a simile that public entities should only establish the “rules of the game” and punish those who violate them. . But the problem, as the former representative of Vox shows, is that the state is based on the prejudice that the entrepreneur is an exploiter and fraudster and, on the other hand, rarely or never talks about helping companies grow and talks about inspecting. .
A political class that Espinosa remembers is necessary, but its survival really depends on a prosperous country, a term that for him the government does not understand very well: “Prosperity does not depend on public money to survive, on the contrary. A country is prosperous if its population, with its efforts, does not need help to continue,” he said, not forgetting the cases where the state should intervene, such as sick leave, disabilities, or those who are not looking for work.work.
The importance of people
Albaladejo also asked him about the differences between managing a public organization and a private one, and the former representative clarified that running a company in Spain is not the same because of the different goals of each. However, what stands out are the synergies of the two parties in terms of managing the working group. Espinosa emphasized that in the Spanish civil service and in private companies, the key to the workforce is to provide more value, but to do this, he believes it is necessary to have a marked business culture so that the workers themselves, soaked in it, are what brought the company success. Because, as explained by the former deputy, “no businessman succeeded alone; he did it by taking care of the people who accompanied him.”
This argument does not only apply to projects that have already started but also to those that are about to start. Espinosa recommends those who have the soul of an entrepreneur not to be confused that they know the most about a subject, but the key is to know how to pass the idea to specialists who have a project and, obviously, implement it. He ended the speech with the following advice: “Continuing the workforce and being able to recruit the best and, to do this, active listening, regular training, and rewarding the good work of the workforce are essential,” he clarified. .
The next protagonist of the Dialogues of Influence is Juan Lobato, the current general secretary of the PSOE in the Community of Madrid, who in turn is a State Treasury Technician.