The Center For American Entrepreneurship

A new non-profit organization, the Center for American Entrepreneurship, launched yesterday. (written June 25, 2017)

While there are lots of non-profits supporting entrepreneurship, CAE is organized around the idea of engaging and educating policymakers in Washington and at state and local levels across the nation, regarding the critical importance of entrepreneurs and startups to innovation.

I met the John Dearie founder and CEO of CAE, a year ago. He came to Boulder, met with me for lunch, and gave me a copy of his book Where The Jobs Are, which I promptly read and felt was on the money. I knew a number of people on the board of CAE, which was just getting started, and Amy and I made a quick financial contribution to the organization.

I then watched over the past year as John, as a founder, put CAE together. I helped where I could and watched John live the entrepreneurial life as he founded a new organization. Several of our conversations were self-reflective, especially around the challenges of getting investors attention to provide seed financing for a new organization.

Ultimately John was successful and CAE has launched. Instead of a board role, I’ve agreed to be on the Advisory Council, as I’m trying to fit into a role of having an impact by helping the CEOs of the non-profits I’m involved in, rather than having a broad governing role that being a member of the board entails.

If you want to get connected to CAE or are in the DC area and want to engage around the issues of entrepreneurs and innovation, email me and I’ll connect you with John. If you want to support CAE, please consider making a donation.

via The Center For American Entrepreneurship – Feld Thoughts

Why Leadership Hinges Upon What You Do — Not Who You Are

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/270170

rather than defining leadership either as a position of authority or a personal set of characteristics, we should define leadership as an activity.

1. Leadership is not measured by authority.

leadership is the process of influencing others to accomplish the goal. 

2. Leadership is not pioneering.

Entrepreneurs who pioneer an innovation, create a movement or fundamentally change an industry may be wonderful at creating new theories, concepts or products, but it hardly qualifies them to be the person to lead the implementation and expansion.

Leadership by definition means causing action with others, so achievements and success in the absence of a consistent following of loyal followers is not leading — it is luck. 

the only important and common capability of great leaders is the ability to understand motivations. By being self-aware of what drives you as well as what drives those around you, great leaders learn to leverage motivations to make their vision that of their followers and eventually act together toward a goal. (Interesting…)

No entrepreneur embodies this better than Steve Jobs, who famously was abrasive, demanding and difficult to work with. What made Jobs a great leader was his understanding of his own motivations, aspirations and dreams, and by actively and regularly surrounding himself with individuals who shared his vision and passion (and forcing out those who did not), he was able to lead his team at Apple to great achievements despite a leadership style that most would shun.

Taking on the actions of a leader is not easy. Because leaders lead, they are often the first to fail, a frightening fact that for many can be difficult to overcome. As well, because leaders are always leading, entrepreneurs need a healthy dose of physical and mental stamina

At least entrepreneurs can stop measuring their leadership ability against other successful entrepreneurs or a Myers-Briggs personality test. If you want to be a great leader, all it takes is action — so get going. (AMEN! & Hallelujah! Somebody said it! For if your heart fails at all the bs out there ) certified bs as well), then that is the very thing you NEED to work on- Your Self Esteem, try an Attitude Adjustment Program (AAP)-have a board on Pinterest named just that (as an example) under Romans 8:12 Mother Ministry).

Whatever it is you don’t know, don’t have, do not be afraid to fail to learn it/acquire it! 😀

In Yeshua’s name Amen! 😀

Think You Know What It Means to Be an Entrepreneur? Think Again.

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Curiosity may have killed the cat, but at least it didn’t die dumb.

Remember, everything is all fun and games until somebody loses an eye. That’s an eloquent way of saying, that, while the concept of “not doing it for the money” is great, there comes a time when the electric bill needs to be paid — and they don’t accept smiles.

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/269873