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“How Leaders Fake Psychological Safety”

Originally posted in our January 2024 Top of Mind Newsletter. Creating psychological safety, vital for fostering an entrepreneurial mindset, is a delicate balance for leaders. Striving for open communication, embracing failure as a learning opportunity, and valuing honest feedback are all essential components.  However, there’s often an unconscious tension between encouraging authenticity and maintaining a comfortable equilibrium. Many leaders inadvertently adopt performative psychological safety, hindering their teams. Data indicates that only a quarter of leaders possess…

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“We need more problem solvers and critical thinkers for an increasingly complex world”

Originally posted in our December 2023 Top of Mind Newsletter. In this thought-provoking piece from The Hechinger Report, we hear about the author’s perspective on how modern students are not being given the tools to become effective problem-solvers or critical thinkers. “The rigid structure of the traditional K-12 education system leaves little room for students to engage in real-world problem-solving scenarios. In many cases, it stifles creativity and curiosity, discouraging students from questioning established norms or…

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“Gen Z is the Hustle Generation”

Originally posted in our October 2023 Top of Mind Newsletter. If I asked you to consider what Gen Z is most known for, you might think of TikTok dance trends, social media personas, or even online activism. But they are also rewriting the career narrative. This generation stands in stark contrast to the traditional 9-5 corporate mold, with some actively shunning the once-promised stability of such positions in favor of forging their own paths. They’re weaving…

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“The Opposite of Toxic Positivity”

Originally posted in our October 2023 Top of Mind Newsletter. Tragic optimism, the antithesis of toxic positivity, is a concept rooted in the belief that even in the most challenging and adverse circumstances, one can find meaning and the potential for positive change. This mindset aligns remarkably well with the core principles of entrepreneurial thinking. Entrepreneurs, by nature, confront adversity head-on. They don’t turn a blind eye to problems; they engage with them, dissect them, and…

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“AI and the next digital divide in education”

Originally posted in our August 2023 Top of Mind Newsletter. As key stakeholders in entrepreneurship ecosystems, educators are often at the forefront of changes to the landscape. But, it is in the classroom and on campus that widening gaps in access are often most apparent, too. The digital divide is a topic we’ve heard much about as technological advances continue to leave humans’ adaptability in the dust, and with the addition of AI, we may be…

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