Encorepreneur "Nuggets"

We thought it would be useful and fun share tips on how to prosper as encorepreurs. But "tips" didn't seem to be weighty enough for a group as experienced as ours so, with a thinly veiled reference to our "golden years", we decided to call them "Encorepreneur Nuggets". To scan our list of nuggets, just visit the Index 

If you have a Nugget you would like to share at a meeting or on the website, contact us.

  • 01 Aug 2018 3:03 PM | Stan Maupin (Administrator)

    Gary LeClair and I are often asked why we started Encorepreneur! and we have cited the following TED Talk as, at the least, an illustration of how it got started if not an explanation. While it focuses on “how” to start a movement, it also illustrates how sometimes good things can happen without a lot of thought and planning. Sometimes all it takes is a crazy idea, a group of like-minded people and a sunny day,  

  • 16 Nov 2016 11:38 AM | Stan Maupin (Administrator)

    According to a recent Inc Magazine article, Saras Sarasvathy, a professor at UVA's Darden School of Business has produced a study on what makes entrepreneurs entrepreneurial and we think it applies to encorepreneurs as well. 

    Traditional business training in academics and in large corporations emphasizes the identification of a pre-determined goal and a given set of means, and seeks to identify the best method to achieve the given goal. An "outside the box" thinker might modify this approach by identifying alternative approaches.

    Sarasvathy concludes that entrepreneurs don't start off with concrete goals. Instead, they are more inclined to start with an assessment of their means and resources and then allow their goal to emerge over time as circumstances and aspirations of the founders and the people they interact with change. 

    According to her study, ..."effectual reasoning lives and breathes execution. Plans are made and unmade and revised and recast through action and interaction with others on a daily basis. Yet at any given moment, there is always a meaningful picture that keeps the team together, a compelling story that brings in more stakeholders and a continuing journey that maps out uncharted territories."

    We think this is even more applicable to encorepreneurs looking at "what's next" in their careers.It is what we do every day.



  • 30 Sep 2016 1:52 PM | Lamees Abourahma (Administrator)

    Encorepreneurs have a wealth of wisdom and experience, but they are typically way behind on their knowledge of one major component of today's marketing mix - how to take advantage of the opportunities presented by social media. They may have a LinkedIN or Facebook account, but using social media to drive your business requires a deeper knowledge than that. 

    The problem is how to get that knowlege. Social media is evolving and changing rapidly and, let's face it, we'll probably never keep up.

    Why don't you do what you do in other parts of your business - find an expert. Why not find a find a young entrepreneur and trade your experience in your area of expertise for his or her abilities in using social media.  Reach out to local colleges - or even high schools - for a part-time employee or intern. You can pay them or you could even work out a trade. 

  • 01 Sep 2016 4:00 PM | Lamees Abourahma (Administrator)

    Gary LeClair shared a nugget aboui an app that called Blinkist that provides a 15 minute summary of business related and other non-fiction books. 

    Blinkist summarizes the key insights from nonfiction books and puts them on your phone or computer screen so they can be read in just 15 minutes

    • Each summary Is written by a professional writer/reviewer and

      • Starts with a 2-3 paragraph description

      • Followed by an index of important points the author is trying to make.

      • Includes about 12-15 minutes of material

  • 09 Aug 2016 3:58 PM | Lamees Abourahma (Administrator)

  • 30 Jan 2014 1:47 PM | Lamees Abourahma (Administrator)
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