Leadership

10 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Change the Social & Economic Story

10 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Change the Social & Economic Story Men and women who create for-profit and nonprofit new ventures can and should do things of the kind that the President-Elect is likely to neglect, negate, or avoid. Entrepreneurs can quietly change the story, one organization at a time, whatever government may or may not do. Here are ten ways venture founders can alter the course implied by what we know of Donald Trump's intentions. They are all within our own authority, not t...

What about us little local guys ‘n gals

What about us little local guys 'n gals? "There is plenty of conventional "establishment" writing and advice to startups as to how to raise money from billion-dollar VC funds, how to design companies for rapid growth then acquisition by big pharma/tech, how to ingratiate themselves with bankers and high finance—in general, how to become the growth cogs for the 1% (by convincing the founders/management that they personally can join the 2% as a goal). There is very little true attention to smal...

Are You and Entrepreneur?

  Are you an entrepreneur? 8 questions to help you decide. Here are 8 questions that will help you decide if you have what it takes to start your own business. If you only score a total of 8, this is probably not the life for you; if you score 40, go for it right now! Check each how strongly the statements apply to you, with a 1 being not very applicable and 5 being absolutely how you are. Think about the characteristics carefully and be honest with yourself. Nobody is going to check your an...

Nubie is a systematized startup process

Nubie is a systematized startup process Nubie is a systematized startup process. Loughlin Nestor and Bryan Clarke are brothers-in-law and founders of the business and, following much research, they established nine steps fundamental to string up in business. Their vision is ‘To help everyone who wishes to create their own employment, do so, in a quick, easy, accurate, affordable and rewarding way. To create a community of like-minded entrepreneurs and to nurture and promote enterprise in Irela...

Startup Game Changers

Startup Game Changers         Startup Game Changers are not simply those who disrupt the existing market. They are more and more entrepreneurs who want the present business status quo to change. They want business life to be inherently different, responding the needs and aspirations of all the stakeholders, not simply the owners or the customers. These social activists and social entrepreneurs are the darlings of the tech and environmental press. They have names like Y...

SocialEntrepreneur

  SocialEntrepreneur is not a misprint. When you see the two words joined together, what is your reaction? Do they look like they don't go together? I see them as a matched pair and socialentreprenurship is what all entrepreneurship has to be about. “If your company doesn't care, it will not be in business for long.”  This a quote from Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business by John Mackey and Raj Sisodia. One definition of social entrepreneurship is that it mea...

Keep the End in Mind

Keep the End in Mind I am writing an ebook, called Keep the End in Mind: Startup Storytelling Success. Why would I do that? Because it's so extremely difficult to get allies for your startup. Telling your story well can make all the difference. So apart from taking a look at my existing page on startup storytelling, keep watching this space. For ways that you will be able to tip the balance in your favor. The book should be available in the usual place within the next thr...

Urban Farming is About People

Urban Farming is About People I am lucky enough to have had an MBA student who is now a maven in the urban faming world. Ryan Finch is the General Manager of Raleigh City Farm in North Carolina and she speaks eloquently about how urban faming is not just an ecological movement, but rather it's about people and community. In a TEDEx talk–"Enchantment on an Urban Farm", she tells the story of the Raleigh City Farm, a relatively new social enterprise in one of the cities that make up the R...

Are you a social architect?

Live into business As a young manager, I remember lots of talk about work-home life balance. I even had a commission to write a book called The Natural Manager about 40 years ago. It never got written, but I have always believed that there was no reason why work life and home life had to be in opposition. When I was a student at Besançon in eastern France back in 1958, I visited Le Corbusier's  Notre Dame du Haut at Ronchamp that had been built four years earlier. This amazing hilltop pilg...

Peak and Path

Peak and Path Keeping your eye on the peak, while watching the path is a nice skill for leaders, followers and entrepreneurs. If you aim to start a business, there is every need to do just that. Dream of profits, but monitor your cash flow. Top managers have a hard time balancing command and control systems, while at the same time being social architects to enable the performance they dream about. Good social architects create the means through which the ends can be achieved. It is a...