The Leash Fetish
- Unleashing talent
- Unleashing creativity
- Unleashing potential
- Unleashing enterprise
- Unleashing entrepreneurship
Aspirations that I see every day of my working life. Whether it is a conference, a policy objective or a training course – there is always something to be ‘unleashed’.
What I want to know is where is the leash meister? The evil one who holds us back?
Instead of working out how to remove the leash perhaps we could avoid putting it on in the first place?
Systems of parenting, education and employment are designed to establish control, compliance, conformity and predictability.
Perhaps there are some systemic changes that we might make so that the challenge of unleashing is consigned to the history books?
But the real challenge is to recognise that with the transition to adulthood the leash IS off. We are free to choose and to act. But like a dog that has been chained up for too long – when unleashed many of us have little desire to go beyond our former boundaries.
We ‘know’ our place and we stick to it.
The role of the enterprise educator is not to teach about business. Nor is it to parade in front of students waving tenners inciting them to grab it! Nor to put on yet another inspirational conference with a secret millionaire, dragon, apprentice or teenage entrepreneurial prodigy.
It is to help us to recognise that the leash has been slipped. And we can begin the journey of becoming the person that we want. And to show us how we can help ourselves and our peers to explore what we might be able to achieve through association, collaboration, perseverance, learning and skill.
This is the role of the enterprise educator.