Culture Spotlight: Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (Join Us October 11th for Back-to-School Back-to-Business!)
Founded in New York City in 1987 by Steve Mariotti, a former entrepreneur turned high school math teacher in the South Bronx, NFTE began as a program to prevent dropouts and improve academic performance among students who were at risk of failing or quitting school.
Combining his business background with his desire to teach at-risk students, Steve discovered that when young people from low-income communities are given the opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship, their innate “street smarts” can easily develop into “academic smarts” and “business smarts.” Through entrepreneurship, young people discover that what they are learning in the classroom is relevant to the real world.
Everyone knew that Steve Jobs was terminally ill. Yet the concept of his death still eluded most of us. Steve’s vision and leadership was a mega-watt light that inspired, connected, and lifted us all. He made technology interesting, desirable, and accessible to everyone from 8-88 years old.
What’s the smartest and strongest aspect of your organization? Is it your employees, or is it your organization?
If you follow the thinking of the spectacularly failed Enron Corporation, who religiously subscribed to the belief that having better talent at all levels is how you outperform, then you put most of your stock in the strength of your people. At the height of its hiring frenzy, Enron was bringing on 250 newly minted Ivy League MBA’s a year, grossly overpaying them, giving them Carte Blanche to pursue strategic ideas, and catering to their every professional demand.
What family legacy are you creating? What words would a stranger use to describe your family if they met you for the first time? More importantly, what words would your kids use to describe your family?
Many business leaders build vision statements and a core value system for their organizations. They have clearly defined rules of engagement, and roles & responsibilities for key players. They reward achievement and performance, and penalize for performance infractions.
To perform at a level of greatness, we need to commit to a higher level of energy, time, and effort than most. To quote Gandhi, “As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world, as in being able to remake ourselves.”
We all have the power to lead our business, our family, and ourselves in greatness. To accomplish this, we have to plan.
All possibilities start from that one moment of consideration. If there were no hurts,
criticisms, or judgments, what would your life look like? What would you be like?
Our possibilities start with our commitment to participate in the experience of our own
life, and to not allow others to decide our outcomes. People will constantly remind
you of your failures, of the things you don’t have going for you. Don’t let them in to
your mind, your spirit, your soul, your willpower.
These five non-negotiable elements are all required tools for any company that wants to maximize the potential of its most valued asset, which is its people. How well does your company do with each one? What are some of the non-negotiable elements of your organization?
Today’s young leaders are fortunate to have so many role models in the business community…people who have overcome a lot of obstacles to build successful organizations. I’ve compiled 15 insights to consider as you embark on your own entrepreneurial journey. One day, you too will be in the position of mentorship, and will be able to share these with those who look to you for guidance and inspiration. Congratulations for finding the strength and determination to pursue your dreams!
Have you ever wondered why your employees stay? Or why they leave? I know that I do. I ask my employees this question often. They are the reason Information Experts has won more than 75 national and international awards, why we can service more than 15 federal agencies and leading Fortune 500 firms, and why Information Experts has been named to the Inc 500/5000 three times in a row. It’s all about the team, and I’m accountable to them to create an organizational culture that is healthy, fun, and safe.
Are you committed to building a SUCCESSFUL CULTURE that inspires and motivates employees to give 150%, provides unlimited growth and learning opportunities, stimulates lifetime friendships, and enables your people to reach their greatest potential?