EL: Can you give us an extract of the talk you are planning to give? A taste of what you will be talking about?
AC: I don’t want to give it away!
Seriously, I will be talking about the ‘mindful entrepreneur’ and my belief that being present and mindful is under-utilized in the entrepreneurial process. Nascent entrepreneurs don’t practice it enough -- or well enough – and we as educators don’t show them the importance and power of being mindful.
EL: What are some (or one) of the more interesting developments you have heard or seen in entrepreneurship education recently?
AC: It’s not really new, but I am pleased to see more and more educators and institutions recognizing that entrepreneurship education goes beyond just starting businesses. It’s about what we learn from researching entrepreneurs that is powerful: what they do and how they do it. So, not necessarily just their outcomes as seen in the businesses they start, but their mastery and skillset which can be applied in so many other walks of life. So I like to see education around the things entrepreneurs do well and how these things can help people in endeavors other than starting a business.
EL: Recent articles in the news press have suggested that Millennials are risk averse and so less inclined to be entrepreneurs, but more independent and so more inclined to be entrepreneurial within existing companies. What are your thoughts on this question?
AC: I’m not sure that this is different than any other prior generation.
So, the good point about this is that that we are probably well-equipped to deal with any idiosyncrasies of Millennials. The one difference may be that while they are as risk averse as others in the past, they still want to be entrepreneurial in the companies they work in (which may not have been the case with past generations). So, this should get us as educators to realize that we need to develop entrepreneurial skills sets for all “types” of entrepreneurs not just those starting their own business. I think this is good because I believe that entrepreneurship is a way of life regardless of the size or type of firm one works in.