Gary’s Top Ten Resources for Understanding the Entrepreneurial Mindset

August 11, 2020

  My interest in entrepreneurship comes from a behavioral perspective. I see the entrepreneurial mindset as a way of thinking that optimizes engagement in ways that extend beyond those who endeavor to start and grow new businesses. My goal is to understand the controllable cognitive, motivational, and situational factors that give rise to the development…

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Categories: Entrepreneurial Mindset, Entrepreneurship Education, Entrepreneurship Training, Human Potential, Learning & Development, Redefining Entrepreneurship

Online Classrooms, An Opportunity for Entrepreneurial Learning

June 10, 2020

  As technology and global economies advance and change, education must adapt to prepare our students for an uncertain future. Meanwhile, in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, some of these adaptations are becoming all the more relevant and important. Providing “space” for learning, unlearning, and relearning is already a difficult task, but it can…

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Categories: Entrepreneurial Learning, Entrepreneurship Education, Human Flourishing, Learning & Development, Redefining Entrepreneurship

Fortune Favors the Reliable

November 7, 2019

Photo by Nico Bhlr on Unsplash   Learn How to Think (and Act) Like an Entrepreneur Part 6/8 Many famous entrepreneurs appear to strike gold in their endeavors. Even if we hear the origin story of their success—they often took years filled with difficulty and multiple failures to get where they are—something is missing from the…

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Categories: Entrepreneurial Mindset, How to Think and Act Like an Entrepreneur, Human Potential, Redefining Entrepreneurship

Gary Schoeniger’s Commencement Address, Pierpont Community & Technical College, 2019

May 31, 2019

  How Underdogs Win How do underdogs win? This is a question I’ve been pursuing for more than 25 years. How do those who have no particular advantage in life—those who may not be particularly brilliant or creative, those who may not come from privileged backgrounds, those who may not have advanced degrees—manage to rise…

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Categories: Entrepreneurial Culture, Entrepreneurial Learning, Entrepreneurship Education, Human Flourishing, Human Potential, Redefining Entrepreneurship, Student Engagement, Student Success

New Year, New Mindset: How Public Libraries Can Support Economic Development in Their Communities

January 15, 2019

  Ice House Facilitator Duncan Smith is the Chief Strategist for EBSCO Information Services, a pioneer in the library services industry. After attending certification training in Durham, NC, Duncan was inspired by the potential an entrepreneurial mindset could bring to communities and saw a unique way to engage stakeholders through their public libraries. Spurred on by his new passion,…

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Categories: Entrepreneurial Culture, Entrepreneurial Mindset, Redefining Entrepreneurship, Uncategorized

Entrepreneurship in Government

Driving Engagement & Innovation in Government

May 3, 2018

  (updated on 4/9/2019) Declining Government Employee Engagement Employee engagement is a significant challenge for government agencies. In fact, employee engagement is lower in public sectors than in private sectors. And, while 71% of state and local government employees are not engaged in their work, 17% of those employees are actively disengaged, working against the…

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Categories: Employee Engagement, Entrepreneurial Culture, Entrepreneurial Leadership, Entrepreneurial Learning, Entrepreneurial Mindset, Entrepreneurial Workforce, Entrepreneurship Training, Human Potential, Learning & Development, Redefining Entrepreneurship, Workforce Development

Creating the Societies of the Future

December 12, 2017

  ELI Founder Gary Schoeniger keynoted the Junior Achievement Europe 2017 Annual Conference in Sofia, Bulgaria, and the conference theme was “Investing in Europe’s Transformers through Education & Innovation.” Conference organizers conducted the interview below with Schoeniger: 1. How can societies create “new” people who can solve new challenges and have a happy life? Big thinkers around…

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Categories: Entrepreneurial Learning, Entrepreneurial Mindset, Entrepreneurship Education, Human Flourishing, Human Potential, Redefining Entrepreneurship

Can Government Workers Learn to Think Like Entrepreneurs?

August 30, 2017

  (Updated 4/9/2019 to reflect the current number of city employees that have been through the program) If you’re like most people, the word entrepreneurial is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of government employees. For many, the word ‘bureaucrat’ is often used as a derisive term to describe government workers…

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Categories: Employee Engagement, Entrepreneurial Culture, Entrepreneurial Leadership, Entrepreneurial Mindset, Entrepreneurial Workforce, Entrepreneurship Training, Human Potential, Learning & Development, Redefining Entrepreneurship, Workforce Development

Mapping E-ship into Organizational DNA

August 25, 2017

  The World Economic Forum states the need to move entrepreneurship from the perimeter to the core of education. Yet, all too often, we see entrepreneurship on the perimeter housed in business departments as a certificate or degree that requires the self-selection of students. At the same time, the term entrepreneurship is widely misunderstood and…

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Categories: Entrepreneurial Culture, Entrepreneurial Leadership, Entrepreneurship Education, Human Potential, Redefining Entrepreneurship, Student Engagement, Student Success

Redesigning Higher Education to Serve the Student

June 22, 2017

  Students hire colleges and universities in order to make progress in their lives, but is higher education fulfilling the job to be done? In his book Competing Against Luck, Clayton Christensen presents “jobs theory” and the need to identify the job customers are hiring you to do in order for them to make progress in their lives. The…

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Categories: Entrepreneurial Culture, Entrepreneurial Leadership, Entrepreneurial Learning, Entrepreneurial Mindset, Entrepreneurship Education, Redefining Entrepreneurship, Student Completion, Student Engagement, Student Success