Great teaching: Entrepreneurship, enterprise & business

Discover how pioneering teachers and trainers approach the subjects of entrepreneurship, enterprise and business

Why use Business Simulations?

Why use business simulations? Countless reports have been published (including this 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 learners so they make decisions, deal with risk and consequences as well as solve problems creates a rich and dynamic environment. It certainly improves on the 'expert' providing a passive audience with a sleeping pill of a lecture... Read More

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... Read More

The Pioneering Outdoor Entrepreneur

Within the mind of the outdoor entrepreneur "No, you don't need one. The night is not dark!" Frank, the '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) might be refused... Read More

Leading the Entrepreneurial Way

Is the US leading the entrepreneurial way? As 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

Mr Demotivation and the Hidden Message

Not long ago, I attended an entrepreneurship conference in London which attracted a range of academics, trainers and consultants. Short on collective wisdom yet high on clouded crystal balls, the organisers chose to kick things off with a ‘motivational speaker’. The billing stated our man of purpose was also a ‘leading entrepreneur and businessman’. Unfortunately, no-one in the audience had signed up to be pumped with 'umph' at 10am on a wet Tuesday. But this didn't stop the suited and booted Mr Demotivation. Misjudging his missive and moment he slid into a shocker of a show. Prepare yourself... Read More

Entrepreneurial Poetry

John Keats - inspiration for entrepreneurial poetry 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 entrepreneurial poetry... Read More

Entrepreneurship Competition: Flavour of the Umph!

Umph! The Entrepreneurship Competition Being 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