The listening skill pill

Who needs the listening skill pill?

Who needs the listening skill pill?

It intrigues me that I’ve never found a course focusing on effective listening. Whilst we know listening is one of the most important skills to acquire, many of us also recognise our inability to listen well… [Read more...]

Why use business simulations?

Why use business simulations?

Why use business simulations?

Countless reports have been published (including latest by Lord Young) stating good entrepreneurship education requires experiential, hands-on learning. So you might think it would be easy to answer the question: Why use business simulations?

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

Film treasures all entrepreneurs should find

Film treasures all entrepreneurs should find

Film treasures all entrepreneurs should find

By 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 search the web to uncover other film treasures all entrepreneurs should find. What I found may stagger you…

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The educational entrepreneur making a difference

Asfaw Yemiru: The educational entrepreneur making a difference

Asfaw Yemiru: The educational entrepreneur making a difference

Delight 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...]

The pioneering outdoor entrepreneur

Within the mind of the outdoor entrepreneur

Within the mind of the outdoor entrepreneur

“No, you don’t need one. The night is not dark.” Frank, an ‘outdoor entrepreneur’ and head of 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...]

Giving business a bad name

Some commercial activities are capable of giving business a bad name

Some commercial activities are capable of giving business a bad name

Not long ago I attended an entrepreneurship conference that attracted people from all sectors.

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

Now, in my experience these things are capable of giving business a bad name. I won’t mess you about. He had a shocker… [Read more...]

Poetry for entrepreneurs

John Keats & poetry for entrepreneurs

John Keats & poetry for entrepreneurs

John Keats, the famous 19th century poet, became part of the Italian family holiday during the summer. His life fascinated me and helped me to understand the power of poetry for entrepreneurs…

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