100 Ways to Be a Better Entrepreneur

November 19, 2009

As a High-Growth Business Coach I’m often asked for those little nuggets of wizdom that come with age and personal experience as a successful entrepreneur. It was therefore pleasantly surprised when I came across the most Comprehensive Do List for Entrepreneurs looking to grow a business more efficiently and efficiently. The list has been published by Entrepreneur.com, which is a resource well worth following for nacent entrepreneurs.


Growing Interest in Growth Entrepreneurship

November 14, 2009

In early 2007 I was commissioned to write a discussion paper for SEEDA, a UK regional development agency, based on a review of the academic literature on the subject of Growth Entrepreneurship. I subsequently published the paper on Scribd last year (see panel) and to my surprise it has now been read by over 8,000 people and become a ‘Hot Favorite’!

At the same time, I started this learning blog not knowing what sort of interest there might be in my doctoral research into Growth Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurial Team Dynamics. And, to be fair, no real effort was made by me to actively promote the blog, collect followers or make the site SEO friendly. However, the response to my paper has now encouraged me to get serious with social media and become more active in sharing the results of my research along with my work as a high-growth business coach and mentor.

If you’re interested in aspects of high-growth entrepreneruship I will now be posting or a more regular basis and you can also  follow me on Twitter at http://twitter.com/johncavill.

Mentoring opportunity for ICT entrepreneurs

April 25, 2009

Worshipful Company of Information Technologists

ICT (Information and Communications Technologies) entrepreneurs from start-ups or early stage ventures now have the opportunity to be mentored by experienced senior IT professionals who are members of the Information Technologists’ Company (ITC). The ITC (also known as the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists) is the 100th Livery Company of the City of London, which provides significant charitable and educational programmes useing the expertise, resources and networks of its 650 members.

The mentoring services are FREE and can happen face-to-face, over the telephone or by email. Sessions may be as frequent or as occasional as both parties feel is appropriate, and may last as long as both parties agree.

To find out more or request a mentor go to www.itcmentoring.com

Sir Jackie Stewart launches mentoring scheme for Dyslexic entrepreneurs

March 12, 2009

The British Dyslexia Association (BDA) has launched a mentoring scheme, in conjunction with Cass Business School, City University London, and Dyslexia Scotland, to link entrepreneurs with dyslexia with successful dyslexic people who will share the benefit of their experience and knowledge.

Sir Jackie Stewart, President of Dyslexia Scotland and Vice President of the British Dyslexia Association, was key speaker at the launch event and will be a mentor. Other keynote speakers and mentors included Zenna Atkins, Chair of Ofsted, Jonty Hearnden, TV Antiques Expert, and Louis Barnett, founder of Chokolit.

The programme is an informal mentoring scheme, which is designed to be flexible. The emphasis is on two people getting together who share something in common – dyslexia. The aim is for the mentor to share some of their coping strategies and above all instil confidence in the mentee. The scheme is based on the reality that too often the positive attributes of being dyslexic are forgotten and not even recognised by the individual themselves. The scheme is about celebrating the positive side of dyslexia and who better to do this then someone who has travelled the same road and who can act as a role model.

The BDA and Dyslexia Scotland believe if dyslexic people in the UK were provided with mentoring to increase their confidence, there could be an increase in the number of dyslexic people unlocking their potential and creating new ventures. If US rates were matched a further 560,000 UK entrepreneurs would exist [1].

1. Logan J, Hendry, C., Brown, J., Courtney, N. (2008), ‘Unlocking the potential of the UK’s hidden innovators’, Microsoft UK; sponsored by: Microsoft