Moving Your Business Forward

Author: Dr. Cheryl Cottle

To become an entrepreneur you must have a business idea or business concept and then you can begin to move from there to make it into the reality that you envisioned. Research has shown that male-owned companies unlike women-owned have more longevity and maturity. Women business seems to start-up at a much faster rate, but have shorter maturity. That begs the question, is male employees in the workplace more entrepreneurial. Entrepreneurial skills are not gender-specific, female can also be entrepreneurial. They too can learn how to be an entrepreneur.

Skills and attributes that are recognized and valued by the organization include:
  1. Management Skills
  2. Leadership Skills
  3. Organizational Development
  4. Customer Service Skills
  5. Marketing
  6. Branding
  7. Social Networking
  8. Computer Technology Skills
  9. Research Skills
  10. Writing Skills

Some attributes that are accepted:
  1. Passion
  2. Creativity
  3. Willingness to Share
  4. Innovative
  5. Critical thinking skills
  6. Dedication
  7. Commitment
The change in organization's culture has seen a rapid but very effective change in behavior. Entrepreneurship is motivating and facilitating employees' commitment to the organization. It also dictates performances because employees have a feeling -of -belonging, and a social - connectedness to the organization. The employees feel a sense of ownership and belonging to the company, and therefore give of themselves to ensure that the organization they work for achieves maximum production.

Some organizations also offer the opportunity to benefit in the "profit share", a real added social incentive. By creating “thinking spaces” within the workplace to foster creative and critical thinking, also change how people work and at the same time it encourages team-work and corporation. It also fosters inter-group and inter-departmental relationships; and extends so far as nurturing inter-cultural linkages in the case where it is a foreign-based organization.

"Creativity is the act of turning new and imaginative ideas into reality. Creativity involves two processes: thinking, then producing. Innovation is the production or implementation of a creative idea. If you have ideas, but don’t act on them, you are imaginative but not creative." ~ Linda Naiman

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