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“Why the Lean Start-Up Changes Everything”

Originally posted in our February 2023 Top of Mind Newsletter. If you’re in the entrepreneurship education space, you will have heard of the lean start-up methodology many times. But, it bears repeating in the context of designing processes that serve everyone involved.  “The lean definition of a start-up: a temporary organization designed to search for a repeatable and scalable business model.” Rather than excessively planning, entrepreneurs use their most incredible resource—potential customers—to discover the best path…

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“Are Gen Z the most stressed generation in the workplace?”

Originally posted in our February 2023 Top of Mind Newsletter. Shifts in economic complexity and seemingly endless crises affect everyone. But, as the workforce shifts towards younger generations, these stressors weigh more on workers. So, rather than framing this as a deficit of Gen Z, it is essential to consider how we can adapt the workplace to be more agile and resilient. “Whatever happens outside the office walls, leaders can begin by building what [experts describe]…

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“The Other Side of Innovation: Solving the Execution Challenge”

Originally posted in our February 2023 Top of Mind Newsletter. For organizations to remain relevant, they have to innovate. But what does that look like when you go to implement your “Big Idea?” In The Other Side of Innovation, we see a practical breakdown of what it takes to move beyond ideation. Through building strong and effective teams while also testing assumptions on the way, organizations of any type can begin to offer real innovation. Much…

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“Service Design 101”

Originally posted in our February 2023 Top of Mind Newsletter. The line between product and service has become a continuum in recent years, and as such, we have to adjust how we conceptualize new ventures. As the services organizations provide become more complex, there is a potential strain on both the end user and the team propping up the internal process. Enter service design. “[L]eaving services to individual talent and managing the pieces rather than the…

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“The women forced to ‘choose’ self-employment”

Originally posted in our January 2023 Top of Mind Newsletter. An essential subset of self-employed people is the group of working mothers who were, mid-pandemic, essentially forced into it. For working mothers, there was the choice between providing care or maintaining their income. For many, losing their income was not a viable option. “Ultimately, while self-employment offers benefits to women who found traditional employment unsustainable, asking women to work – even if it’s for themselves –…

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“Follow the Dark Horse”

Originally posted in our January 2023 Top of Mind Newsletter. When we study everyday, “underdog” entrepreneurs, we find that there are few true traits that unify them. Instead, these dark horses, as Harvard Lecturer Todd Rose calls them, are working tirelessly to reach fulfillment. “Find out what motivates you and stay close to that…we spend a lot of time telling children what they should care about and very little time helping them discover that for themselves.…

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“Does growth mindset matter? The debate heats up”

Originally posted in our December 2022 Top of Mind Newsletter. Long-time followers of ELI’s work will know the importance of developing a growth mindset on the path to learning to think like an entrepreneur. However, as the idea has gained more traction in mainstream education, new research has been done to test the efficacy of the model. In one meta-analysis, a “ team…led by Jeni Burnette, a psychologist at North Carolina State University, found that the…

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“Antifragility: How to use suffering to get stronger | Jonathan Haidt & more”

Originally posted in our December 2022 Top of Mind Newsletter. Glass is fragile, and plastic is resilient, but some systems and functions require stress testing to get stronger. From our muscles and bones to our immune systems, many human systems fit into the “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” paradigm. Nassim Taleb coined the term “antifragility” to define this tendency in humans. It goes beyond persistence or even resiliency and, in many ways, interconnects with…

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The Psychology Podcast: “Psychodrama & Learned Hopefulness with Dan Tomasulo”

Originally posted in our December 2022 Top of Mind Newsletter. Trauma-informed practices in psychology, therapy, education, and many other fields are becoming increasingly popular. Researchers have thoroughly documented the impacts of trauma, hence the importance of trauma-informed practices. But in positive psychology, these practices take on an even more hopeful spin.  In this episode from the Psychology Podcast with Scott Barry Kaufman, psychologist Dan Tomasulo discusses his work in creating hope, something he calls learned hopefulness.…

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