The difference between being a boss and being a leader

Exploring the difference between being a boss and being a leader (in my favorite format, an infographic!)

Infographic on being a leader

Click on the image to see the full infographic on being a leader

Being a leader is not as simple as just wearing a title or having great ideas. There is so much nuance to the process of leading other people to do their best work. Each of your employees have certain skills and for the company to do it’s best work, these talents need to be encouraged, developed, and appreciated.  Continue…

Reconsidering risk taking

Risk taking comes in many forms. Hang gliding could be one.

Risk taking comes in many forms. Hang gliding could be one. Photo credit- http://www.seekextreme.com/hang-gliding/

Risk taking is something entrepreneurs rarely avoid. In fact most entrepreneurs seek out rewarding risks. In the GC4510-Entrepreneurship course offered each summer online through Clemson University and the Department of Graphic Communications, we explore the value of recognizing and responding to risks in a way that stretches our comfort zone and prepares us for the mindset of an entrepreneur.

I ran across this article a while back and even upon a second reading of it, I love the quotes presented, especially in the context of who said them. For instance, number 5:

“Security is mostly superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” — Helen Keller Continue…

Entrepreneurship education goes MOOC

Entrepreneurship roundtable summer 2014 featured a diverse range of entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurship roundtable summer 2014 featured a diverse range of entrepreneurs

MOOCs are no longer just a small fad. The 6-week Coursera course on Entrepreneurship mentioned in this article had 23,000 students enrolled, including students from more than 180 countries. With high speed internet, education is no longer for an elite few and in my opinion that is a very good thing.

As many of you may know, I launched an online course on entrepreneurship (GC4510-008) this summer. 9 @ClemsonGC students enrolled in the course and participated from all over the easter United States. Certainly no comparison with 23,000 students, but still I felt like material covered in the course and the conversations generated between students was really interesting and I hope extremely valuable for the students enrolled. Even though we never met in person, we all had the opportunity to meet several times synchronously online. Continue…