Wipes tear from eye….
A paper published by the UK Government’s Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology provides a useful reminder that people do not always/often make rational decisions, and that one of the reasons for the irrationality is a bias for the present.
In short this means that we put off or never do things that are in our own best interest simply because we see the pay-off being to far away in the future. Hence we stay fat and smoke – because any benefits of giving up won’t be experienced for ages.
It transpires that the poorer you are the more likely you are to show this bias for the present over the future.
This bias would seem to be important for enterprise professionals to :
- understand and
Any tips you want to share for helping cleints overcome their bias towards the present?
You can read the full OST paper on Delaying Gratification here.
Shout out to Gareth Sear for putting me onto this from TeacherNet:
Enterprise education consists of enterprise capability supported by better financial capability and economic and business understanding. Young people need opportunities to be enterprising through applying their knowledge, skills and attributes — to ‘make their mark’
Learners are expected to take personal responsibility for their own actions through an enterprise process that involves four stages.
- Stage 1 — tackling a problem or need: students generate ideas through discussion to reach a common understanding of what is required to resolve the problem or meet the need.
- Stage 2 — planning the project or activity: breaking down tasks, organising resources, deploying team members and allocating responsibilities.
- Stage 3 — implementing the plan: solving problems, monitoring progress.
- Stage 4 — evaluating the processes: reviewing activities and final outcomes, reflecting on lessons learned and assessing the skills, attitudes, qualities and understanding acquired.
Enterprise education consists of enterprise capability? Very enlightening!
Young people need opportunities to be enterprising? Young people are enterprising. Really enterprising. They have to be.
Even the ones who are quiet, shy and withdrawn are being enterprising. This is their ‘best plan’ for how to get by in life. Our job is to help them find a better, more powerful one that will help them fulfil their potential. Or to at least recognise the possibility.
Once again this all pervading direct linking of enterprise education with ‘financial capability, economic and business understanding’. Why?
Why not link it to sociological understanding? Or to psychology?
Why not link it to the Romantic poets and their descriptions of the transformational power of imagination and vision?
Why not link it to History and the power of some individuals to shape the course of civilisation? Hitler, Gandhi, Mandela as case studies in enterprise.
Why link it to money?
Why take such a utilitarian approach to enterprise?
In pursuing a narrow definition we are likely to turn students off rather than on. And certainly we will turn off other teaching staff who will continue to see enterprise education as just an extension of business studies, another example of the corruption of education by capitalism.
Learners are expected to take personal responsibility it says. Enterprise is the ultimate lesson in taking responsibility. It is only when we are enterprising – really living our lives in tune with our convictions that we have to take responsibility. All the time we operate in more bureaucratic modes we can duck responsibility by blaming others. “Sorry guv’ just following orders”.
There is nothing very enterprising about reaching a common understanding – although it is a valuable skill. It is holding a different understanding and having the courage to live by it that characterises enterprise. Seth Godin has just written on this.
And then the soulless linear process of develop an idea, develop a plan, implement it and then learn from it. The enterprising process is all about ups and downs; it is about emotions and resilience more than it is about ‘problem solving’ and ‘deploying team members’.
It is no wonder that we are struggling to embed enterprise in the curriculum.
Interesting post over at SAMBA blog about the power of the:
What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?
Does it make you a powerful life transformer – or just another cliche ridden life coach?
There is no doubt IMHO that this is potentially a life changing question.
It IS also a cliche.
What makes the difference is the nature of the relationship that you have with the person who you are asking.
If you have respect, credibility and trust – then the question will be taken on board.
Ask it too early though and you will be just another cliche ridden life coach.
For me, enterprise and entrepreneurship are great processes through which people can ‘find themselves’ and allow their true identity to emerge.
Done well this is a thing of beauty.
The art of ‘enterprise coaching’ is not just about having great questions – it is also about having the relationship that permits you to ask them.
And we should never be afraid of asking the BIG, SCARY questions – but we must have the right relationship first.
- the seeds of your (your clients) future are often sown early – go back to the early years to see if the basis for an enterprise were sown then
- just because it sells does not mean it is good – heroin is not better than tofu – even if it does shift more units – selling stuff is not the be all and all – truth and beauty matter too
- provoke, invoke, evoke – apparently John Lennon said that – not a bad JD for an enterprise coach either
- 5 years of crappy jobs and being on the dole – being on the dole were the ‘happy days’
- ‘ideas burning on the inside’
- managers/editors can leave you with tears streaming down your face and your soul ripped out and thrown on the floor
- the bad times provide the fuel and drive to allow the good
- an incessant streak of optimism helps – on being rejected by judges in a portrait competition Frazer chose to believe it was because he wasn’t important – ‘although it might have been because, then, I wasn’t very good’
- it takes a lot of time, training, passion and life experience to really master your subject
- great technology combined with great passion and skills produce remarkable, beautiful and important results
- sometimes you need someone to say ‘chin up – you will be alright’
- sometimes when your art is ripped off it gets you great new gigs – life-changing breaks…
- be a slave to the muse – let the story dictate the style – if the story is trivial don’t expect to get great results
- it is really about finding out who you are and what you can become – enterprise is about the emergence of identity – the process of becoming…
- treat me as a ‘pencil monkey’ and you will get mediocrity
- in the comic world a lot of bad product is there because of poor management – comics and every other industry on the planet – management is perfectly designed to get the results it gets
- if it is bad it is (nearly always) because the managers/editors have put the wrong people on the job
- if you have recruited the wrong people then forcing them to compromise WILL lead to mediocrity
- recruit great talent carefully and then trust it to deliver on its own terms – not yours
- when your hobby becomes your job – you get another hobby
- musicians jam and sometimes the results are great – what is the jamming equivalent for you?
- be careful about your reputation – one person saying you might not hit a deadline in a public forum can be a killer
- sometimes it is best not to claim the credit for all your ideas
- it really is full of ups and downs – but you come out of the downs with even more resources – psychological and technical if not financial
This was a great networking event – convivial atmosphere – great facilities – good food – great speakers and good management.
If only all networking opportunities were this good!