Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Nine Characteristics of Successful Educational Entrepreneurs

Yesterday, I featured the Alabama State Superintendent of Education, Dr. Tommy Bice, in this week's Motivational Monday blog post. During Dr. Bice's entertaining and inspiring message, he shared a slide with us titled, "Characteristics of Successful Educational Entrepreneurs." It is adapted from "10 Characteristics of Successful Social Entrepreneurs" highlighted in the book, The Power of Unreasonable People

Dr. Bice went through each of the characteristics below and encouraged us to embrace these characteristics as we work to meet the needs of students in the ever-changing 21st century.

Characteristics of Successful Educational Entrepreneurs

1) Shrug off the constraints of traditional ideology and norms.

2) Find creative approaches to social challenges and see these challenges not as barriers, but rather as opportunities.

3) Focus first and foremost on social value creation and are willing to share their innovations and insights for others to replicate.

4) Jump in before they have "permission" and before ensuring they are fully resources (they figure it out as they go along.)

5) Have an unwavering belief in everyone's innate capacity, regardless of one's education, to contribute meaningfully to economic and social development. 

6) Show an unwavering determination that pushes them to take risks that others wouldn't consider. 

7) Balance their passion for progress while at the same time being sure to measure, monitor, and evaluate their impact.

8) Have a great deal to teach change makers in other sectors.

9) Display a healthy impatience with the status quo. They do not do well in bureaucracies.

What do you think of these nine characteristics? 
Do you have at least one that is a guiding principle for you? 

I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

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