“Only in Toledo: Be inspired by the story of DeShawn Willis and Lake Lawns”

June 30, 2022

Originally posted in our June 2022 Top of Mind Newsletter. For inspiration and to demonstrate to principles we’ve been thinking about this month, the ELI team wanted to highlight one entrepreneur who is making it work no matter what, DeShawn Willis. Owner of Lake Lawns in Toledo, Ohio, DeShawn is a prime example of the power of vision and persistence while showing us you do not need significant investment to start something sustainable. In this short…

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“Growth comes from repeatable scalable sales processes”

Originally posted in our June 2022 Top of Mind Newsletter. While we’re considering paths towards growth and innovation, we also need to think about developing effective systems to channel these goals. As this piece from 2019 suggests, many entrepreneurs treat each sale opportunity as a way to uniquely meet their clients’ needs. Initially, this is great for them to try out many little tweaks to their proposed solution. However, it very quickly limits you from scaling…

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“Committed innovators: How masters of essentials outperform”

Originally posted in our June 2022 Top of Mind Newsletter. Continuing to think about future societal development, what do we mean when we say innovation? When organizational leaders use that word, how are they actually committing to it? In a recent McKinsey article, the authors begin to address these types of questions. As the writers outline in a sidebar, there are eight practices to commit to when embracing innovation. These are: aspire, choose, discover, evolve, accelerate,…

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“A Brain Capital Grand Strategy: toward economic reimagination”

Originally posted in our June 2022 Top of Mind Newsletter. What is the role of our brains in societal advancement? This might sound like a silly question, but as COVID-19 has revealed, on a global level, we cannot ignore the massive impact on our mental health from pandemic conditions. For example, in an article Nature published in October 2020, we see a compelling argument for improving psychological resilience globally. As the article cites, “[b]rain health disorders…

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East Central University Case Study

June 23, 2022

This Oklahoma Program Equips Students with the Confidence and Skills to Pursue Opportunities and Win Awards Location: Ada, Oklahoma Number of students: 3,600 Number of full-time employees: 440 Countries represented on campus: 30 Students who’ve completed Introduction to Entrepreneurship: 600    OVERVIEW: With 17,000 people, the city of Ada is a big destination for students from small towns and rural areas in south-central Oklahoma. For many, the 3,500-member student body is larger than their hometowns.…

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“Fewer American people are middle class than 50 years ago. What has happened?”

May 26, 2022

Originally posted in our May 2022 Top of Mind Newsletter. To close out this month’s Top of Mind, we wanted to examine a related question to the concept of mindset, employability, and education; economic status. While we believe that mindsets are as important as any other factors (if not more), the trends of class across the world, and especially within the US, shed an interesting light on the context of the last 50+ years. In short,…

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“The Real Reason MBA Graduates Make Worse Managers”

Originally posted in our May 2022 Top of Mind Newsletter. As many readers will have heard, we at ELI believe that entrepreneurial skills are what employers now require. What they have been getting, however, are those with MBAs. While not a bad skill set to develop, this article and the related study shed light on the fact that business administration still requires a degree of adaptability that many do not get from their master’s degree. What’s…

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“Why should an entrepreneurial mindset mean something to you?”

Originally posted in our May 2022 Top of Mind Newsletter. In this piece from Ice House facilitator Nontando Mthethwa based in South Africa, we see an exploration into a mindset gap in her country. As unemployment and economic unrest continue to grow, many organizations in SA are embracing the concept of an entrepreneurial mindset. So much so, that some are questioning what the concept means. Mthethwa discusses the development of entrepreneurial skills at an early age,…

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“The Mindset Gap”

Originally posted in our May 2022 Top of Mind Newsletter. After two full years of pandemic life, we can better reflect on how we as a society and as individuals handled ourselves. A stark contrast emerges between those who froze and those who found a way. Despite limitations to school or work, some of us found areas of our lives we could control, and made the most of a difficult solution. What was the difference? As…

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