Tagged: Learning

Masterful Use of LinkedIn

I’ve been on LinkedIn for over 10 years and have never seen this before.

Creative Use LinkedIn

This is a classic example of how crafting simple, authentic content can easily distinguish one from the crowd. If the purpose of LinkedIn includes sharing who you are, deepening your relationships, and building your brand, this accomplishes all that and more in one masterful stroke.

Sharing his experiences in this way tells us much about this person:

  1. He’s self-aware, reflecting on his experiences, short-term and long-term.
  2. He’s vulnerable, willing to make those reflections public even if they relate to tough lessons learned.
  3. He’s giving, offering us nuggets of himself that we otherwise would not know. This gift keeps on giving because it also causes us to reflect on our own experiences.
  4. He’s smart yet down to earth, sharing lessons that are simple and pithy and others that are complex and analytical.
  5. He’s humble, proving that he continues to learn no matter how experienced he gets.

Thank you to Phil Nevels for being all these things and more.

Co-Working and Education

Yesterday, David Wolinsky wrote a between-the-eyes piece on ADMCi’s blog about why co-working doesn’t live up to its inherent potential of 1+1=3. It was a more direct way of saying what I did a few months ago.

To me, the a-ha moment was realizing that the people behind many co-working spaces still haven’t figured out how to create the “stickiness” that’s so critical to any business. As David rightly puts it, many believe “we’ve got a spare room, let’s rent it out to a bunch of strangers to work.” Sorry, contrary to what they may think, co-working is not a simple real estate play. Continue reading

The Entrepreneur as Craftsman

It’s not just about the entrepreneur or the startup, it’s about building a great company. It’s about tapping into our basic instinct to do a job well and develop the skills to do so.

Just as a father consistently focuses on doing his job well and keeps trying new techniques to get better. Or a teenager who earned her license and someday must drive in the mountains, through snow, or alongside a caravan of trucks. In each case, the craftsman is dedicated to doing quality work. Continue reading

Lean Startups and Passion

It used to be that an entrepreneur came up with an idea that he was passionate about, turned it into a product or service, then went out and tried to sell it. Over time, he would learn whether or not customers would buy it, but the passion kept him going through the ups and downs, twists and turns. To make the business take off required a great deal of creativity, ingenuity, and luck, which helped explain why so many of us used to call entrepreneurship a work of art. Continue reading

Working On the Business, Working On the Mind

To participate in The Junto Institute’s curriculum, our founders “go” to class, “go” to the leadership forums, and “go” to office hours. All are held at our host partner’s sites, Catapult Chicago and Foley & Lardner.

For the rest of the curriculum – the mentoring program – meetings are scheduled mostly at the startups’ offices. So while they don’t “go” anywhere literally, they spend time thinking and talking about the business with their mentors every few weeks. Continue reading

The Flipped Entrepreneurship Teacher

Let’s “teach” entrepreneurship the way it’s actually done in the real world.

Let’s use self-directed learning, where students have to figure out what to do next rather than giving them a syllabus, assigning them homework, and telling them what to read.

Let’s use trade books and blogs written by entrepreneurs who share personal startup experiences rather than textbooks that propose academic concepts and theories backed up by third-person examples. Continue reading

(Re)Inventing Adult Education

When it comes to education and its reform, adult learning has been – and remains – overlooked. Unlike primary and secondary education, adult ed lacks a designed process, defined structure, and dedicated institutions.

As adults, the only thing we know is why we should learn. We have to figure out on our own what to learn, how to learn, when to learn, and from whom.  As admirable as that may sound, it’s not the most efficient use of our precious time. Adult ed is a highly fragmented and self-directed pursuit and that needs to change.  It can and should have a designed process. Continue reading