Making the case for a business simulation

MakethecaseforabusinesssimulationSince 2006, countless reports have been published (including the latest by Lord Young) stating good entrepreneurship education requires experiential, hands-on learning.

Engaging people so they make decisions, deal with risk and consequences as well as solve problems creates a rich learning environment; and certainly one that improves on the ‘expert’ speaking at a passive audience… [Read more...]

Film treasures all entrepreneurs should find

Film_iStock_000007096260SmallBy accident, I recently discovered a powerful and uplifting film about global social entrepreneurship. Concerned I’d never heard about this brilliantly-made & influential production (See 1. Who Cares?), I decided to ‘hitchhike’ around the web in search of more film-based treasures to share on this Blog. What I found may stagger you…

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How to snowball an enterprising culture (Part 2)

AsfawDelight can quickly turn to frustration when an excellent new recruit, who is just settling into the post, decides to accept a job offer elsewhere. But occasionally, you know they’ve made the right decision… [Read more...]

How to snowball an enterprising culture (Part 1)

teach, inspire, motivate“No, you don’t need one. The night is not dark.” Frank, head of an outdoor centre, spoke with calm assertion to the 10 newly acquainted teenagers.

The group was visibly alarmed by his response. None had anticipated that their sensible request for torches (ahead of their night walk through an ancient Cumbrian wood) would be refused… [Read more...]

Does the US lead the entrepreneurial way?

USA Finger VictoryAs storms brewed over southern England this October I boarded a Virgin Airbus & headed to the US. My destination was Kansas City and the GCEC Conference.

Crossing the Atlantic I was keen to test out Mr Branson’s latest in-seat multi-media technology. The hours passed quickly as I laughed at The Internship and cried with the Guilt Trip. As alcohol and altitude fuelled the emotions I got into the US spirit… [Read more...]

Defending the bad name of business

Mann böse mit VisitenkarteA few months back I attended an entrepreneurship conference that attracted people from all sectors.

The organisers chose to kick things off with a ‘motivational speaker’ and the billing stated our man of purpose was a ‘leading entrepreneur and businessman’.

Now, in my experience these things can go one of two ways. I won’t mess you about. He had a shocker… [Read more...]

Flavour of the Umph!

UmphTrophyBeing 25 years’ self-employed I feel I’ve developed a ‘nose’ for judging whether a business or project might work.

The personal journey over the last quarter century has had its mix of success and failure; critical experience informing the senses as to whether something new can progress sufficiently so it bears fruit in the longer-term… [Read more...]