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“The Need to Matter”

Originally posted in our January 2022 Top of Mind Newsletter. To close out this month’s thoughts, we wanted to turn to what makes people happy in their life and work. In the face of massive uncertainty, the need to matter in our lives has never been more apparent. And, it turns out, it is an essential component of being happy.  In a recent podcast interview, Scott Barry Kaufman talked with Isaac Prilleltensky, Chair in Community Well-Being…

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“Whiplash Leadership”

Originally posted in our January 2022 Top of Mind Newsletter. In a recent article from Korn Ferry, we see the continuing impacts of the pandemic on business and organizational leadership. The everchanging development of COVID-19 forced many leaders into making one decision, only to have them change it when the situation shifted. This kind of decision-making has a name, Whiplash Leadership. The issue is this kind of leadership often leads to a lack of clarity from…

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“Why are Americans choosing to quit their jobs in record numbers?”

Originally posted in our January 2022 Top of Mind Newsletter. Chances are, you have heard about the Big Quit or the Great Resignation. In the US, the number of people quitting their jobs has never been higher than it is right now. In a recent 60 Minutes report, we hear from workers, employers, and others looking at national trends. So who is leaving, and why? While there are many nearing retirement age and exiting their careers…

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“Research Insight: Entrepreneurship Education Is About More than Startup Creation”

Originally posted in our December 2021 Top of Mind Newsletter. Shifting from system-wide changes in schooling, let’s talk about entrepreneurship education specifically. You may have heard us talk about the power of entrepreneurship education beyond business creation. We aren’t alone in our claims, either. For example, in a recent Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders podcast episode from Stanford, researcher Chuck Esley asks three prominent leaders in startup entrepreneurship about some interesting observations.  As Esley and colleague, Yong Suk…

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“Less Schooling, More Learning: A Better Approach Is Hidden in Plain Sight”

Originally posted in our December 2021 Top of Mind Newsletter. Continuing on the theme of change, we often talk about how learning in the 21st century could be different. More engaging and transformative learning is possible, but many systems seem to be suffering from immunity to change. Jal Mehta, Graduate Professor of Education at Harvard, and his colleague Sarah Fine embarked on a study of the American school system. They hoped to review the practices of…

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“Immunity to Change”

Originally posted in our December 2021 Top of Mind Newsletter. 2021 was a year of constant change globally, and many of us found it challenging to keep pace. While work, school, and life continued, many of us felt stuck in patterns of thought and behavior. These patterns might not have aligned with our pre-pandemic goals. What’s more, when we do change our behavior, it isn’t always in a way that makes us feel fulfilled or engaged…

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“A Project of One’s Own”

Originally posted in our November 2021 Top of Mind Newsletter. As we close out our discussion of building entrepreneurial culture, let’s consider one more option for fostering innovation: the side project. In his recent essay, Paul Graham thinks through the beauty of a self-directed project. That is, a project “that you’re doing voluntarily, rather than merely because someone told you to, and…that you’re doing it by yourself.” Graham shares the wealth of positive emotions that come…

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“The ‘idea’ of being an entrepreneur”

Originally posted in our November 2021 Top of Mind Newsletter. As we think more about creating an entrepreneurial culture, we must consider various ways to promote the behavior. For example, in a recent blog from Matt Clancy, we see more evidence that social influence promotes entrepreneurship. In this piece, we see that entrepreneurial co-workers increase the likelihood of entrepreneurial activity in us. And, it is even more likely if we have other things in common such…

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“Ethics Pays”

Originally posted in our October 2021 Top of Mind Newsletter. “Is good ethics good for business? Crime and sleazy behavior sometimes pay off handsomely. People would not do such things if they didn’t think they were more profitable than the alternatives.” With topics of climate change, societal inequity, and governance at the forefront of many big thinkers’ minds, we need to talk about the role of ethics in business. This piece suggests that while unethical behavior…

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