Great teaching: Entrepreneurship, enterprise & business

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

The Importance of Uncertainty

The importance of uncertainty cannot be under-estimated when preparing people for work Setting out for Loughborough University (to guest speak at their entrepreneur's 'ThinkBig' awards) I was reminded of the insight and wisdom of Patrick Awuah. Earlier in June I had listened to him talk about the importance of uncertainty at the GBSN conference in Tunisia... Read More

Unsung Heroes of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship

Who are your unsung heroes of enterprise and entrepreneurship? Over the past 2 years, 49 articles connecting hitchhiking and entrepreneurship have been posted on this Blog. Subjects and angles have been wide and varied. But no single post has focused on the unsung heroes of enterprise and entrepreneurship who have helped make my journey possible. Yet, if it had not been for the kindness of spirit, generosity of time and ability to help me reach my next destination, I would not have travelled far. And then I would have given up... Read More

Great Alternative Startup Websites

Great alternative startup websites entrepreneurs should use The post 'Top 10 entrepreneurial websites' highlights the most popular websites being recommended to start-ups. But looking more deeply at sites and social media sources not making top ten status, it was clear something lacking popularity still has game-changing value. Much like the globally renowned Edinburgh Festival, you must visit its 'Fringe event' to unmask the future entertainment diamonds. Here are some alternative startup websites that will be tomorrow's mainstream... Read More

World’s Greatest Entrepreneur

Unbelievable! Interviewing the world's greatest entrepreneur Meeting the world's greatest entrepreneur started with a cold call. "I'm sorry but Nick rarely gives interviews" I was informed. The PA on the other end of the line was pleasant but firm. "But please give me your details. Someone in PR will get back to you." Two days later the phone rang. To my astonishment, I learnt my wish had been granted. Slap in the middle of his hectic schedule I would be meeting the world's greatest entrepreneur. He even wanted to meet me in person and had insisted on making all my travel arrangements... Read More

Commercial Comedy is Serious Business

No joking. Commercial comedy and having a laugh is serious business. As our plane readied for take off to Cape Town, the stewardess commenced the well rehearsed health and safety briefing. Little did we know that the airline's approach to commercial comedy meant the ordinary was about to become extraordinary. "In the event of the cabin losing air pressure, oxygen masks will drop down from above your heads." Her words were calm. She paused and looked to see who was paying attention... Read More

Why is the Most Important Entrepreneurial Skill Seldom Taught?

Understanding why the most important entrepreneurial skill is seldom taught Globally, little evidence exists that business start-up and survival rates are improving. Data released by Experian (November 2011) showed 70% of start-up businesses fail within 36 months of starting. So it's a mystery why the most important entrepreneurial skill is seldom taught. If entrepreneurs are to survive & thrive we need to provide the right training... Read More

Take students to the darkside

Take students to the darkside to make learning meaningful & relevant Pink Floyd's chart breaking 1973 album 'Dark Side of the Moon' brought a legendary band together in a highly creative and entrepreneurial manner. The music was rich and expressive and importantly tangential to the popular but increasingly bland 'Glam rock'. Charting for over 740 weeks, 'Dark Side of the Moon' opened the door to world fame and fortune for 4 young men... Read More