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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 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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“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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“Why Is Internal Locus Of Control Important To An Entrepreneur?”

Originally posted in our November 2022 Top of Mind Newsletter. When considering how to get into a state of flow or to use effectuation, perhaps the most important first step is to focus on what we individually have control over. Are you focusing on what others do to you, or are you looking at how your choices and behaviors guide you into the future? These types of questions are central to understanding one’s locus of control. …

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