Monday, April 12, 2010

Students Who Start

These quotes from Rework remind me of students I've been fortunate enough to hang with:
Let's retire the term entrepreneur. It's outdated and loaded with baggage. It smells like a members-only club.

Instead of entrepreneurs, let's just call them starters. Anyone who creates a new business is a starter. You don't need an MBA, a certificate, a fancy suit, a briefcase, or an above-average- tolerance for risk. You just need an idea, a touch of confidence, and a push to get started.
Managers of one are people who come up with their own goals and execute them. They don't need heavy direction. They don't need daily check-ins. They do what a manager would do - set the tone, assign items, determine what needs to get done, etc. - but they do it by themselves and for themselves.
How can you spot these people? Look at their backgrounds. They have set the tone for how they've worked at other jobs. They've run something on their own or launched some kind of project.

You want someone who's capable of building something from scratch and seeing it through.
The next generation of catalytic Kingdom leaders are going to be starters. I've had a front row seat to this - first with SPACE and now with Ember - when these students are inspired and empowered, they launch. Given the motivation and the opportunity, they start. Perhaps the next generation has a much more apostolic bent.

And based on estimates about reaching the unreached, it looks like we need them to be starters. We won't finish this task if we keep doing the same things we have been doing.

The next questions, then, are:
1 - How do we cultivate and encourage students like this?
[This is a key value for Ember.]
2 - How do our structures allow them to start?
[A huge challenge.]

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