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Practical Doing Skills

Goal Setting: Do you regularly set goals  , create a plan to achieve them, and then carry out that plan?
• Planning and Organizing: Do you have the talents, skills, and abilities necessary to achieve your goals? Can you coordinate people to achieve these efficiently and effectively? (Here, effective project management skills   are important, as are basic organization skills  .) And do you know how to develop a coherent, well thought-through business plan  , including developing and learning from appropriate financial forecasts  ?
• Decision Making: How good are you at making decisions?   Do you make them based on relevant information and by weighing the potential consequences? And are you confident in the decisions that you make?
• Core decision-making tools include Decision Tree Analysis  , Grid Analysis  , and Six Thinking Hats  .
• You need knowledge in several areas when starting or running a business. For instance:
• Business knowledge: Do you have a good general knowledge of the main functional areas of a business (sales, marketing, finance, and operations), and are you able to operate or manage others in these areas with a reasonable degree of competence?
• Entrepreneurial knowledge: Do you understand how entrepreneurs raise capital? And do you understand the sheer amount of experimentation and hard work that may be needed to find a business model that works for you?
• Opportunity-specific knowledge: Do you understand the market you're attempting to enter, and do you know what you need to do to bring your product or service to market?
• Venture-specific knowledge: Do you know what you need to do to make this type of business successful? And do you understand the specifics of the business that you want to start? (This is where it's often useful to work for a short time in a similar business.)

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Interpersonal Skills

Interpersonal Skills

• Leadership and Motivation: Can you lead   and motivate others   to follow you and deliver your vision? And are you able to delegate   work to others? As a successful entrepreneur, you'll have to depend on others to get beyond a very early stage in your business – there's just too much to do all on your own!
• Communication Skills: Are you competent with all types of communication  ? You need to be able to communicate well to sell your vision of the future to investors, potential clients, team members, and more.
• Listening: Do you hear what others are telling you? Your ability to listen can make or break you as an entrepreneur. Make sure that you're skilled at active listening   and empathetic listening  .
• Personal Relations: Are you emotionally intelligent  ? The higher your EI, the easier it will be for you to work with others. The good news is that you can improve your emotional intelligence!
• Negotiation: Are you a good negotiator  ? Not only do you need to negotiate keen prices, you also need to be able to resolve differences between people in a positive, mutually beneficial way.
• Ethics: Do you deal with people based on respect, integrity  , fairness, and truthfulness? Can you lead ethically  ? You'll find it hard to build a happy, committed team if you deal with people – staff, customers or suppliers – in a shabby way.

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Skills

Skills

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Communication
Branding (Personal and Business)
Sales (Ask for the Sale)
Strategy (Build a Business Plan), Goal Setting
Finance (Manage Money Wisely)
Customer Service (get to know them, make them important to you)
Self Promotion (without being obnoxious)
Project a Positive Business Image (be a professional)
Take advantage of technology (of all kinds); but don’t let it control you
Know how to find smart people to help you (be a good team player and team builder)
Become an expert and become known as an expert
Create a competitive advantage apart from others
Be a life long learner (invest in yourself)
Be accessible (make it easy for people to engage with you; make it easy for people to give you money)
Rock-solid reputation (time-management, punctuality, craftsmanship, etc.)
Get involved in your community (Chamber of Commerce, Volunteer, etc.)
Art of Negotiations (World Peace Game)
Know how you work and where you work WELL (living room, kitchen, co-working space, leased office, etc.)
Get and stay organized (invoices, primary documents for distribution, proposals, task lists, calendar appointments, clothes, etc.)
Balance (it’s not 24/7)
Know your weaknesses and find people who can help you with them / Don’t do everything even if you think you can
Follow-up constantly
Creative Thinking (Divergent Thinking, Convergent Thinking, Metacognition)

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U.S. Department of Labor -- ODEP - Office of Disability Employment Policy - Publications - Encouraging Future Innovation: Youth Entrepreneurship Education

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This article from the Department of Labor is a good summary of the positive impacts that entrepreneurial education has on students.

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They Made America | Entrepreneurship... It's Elementary | PBS

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Another great set of examples showing ways to bring entrepreneurial education into the classroom.  This list categorizes things really well.

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Economics and Entrepreneurship: Operating A Classroom Business In The Elementary And Middle School: Harlan R. Day: 9781561836390: Amazon.com: Books

Economics and Entrepreneurship: Operating A Classroom Business In The Elementary And Middle School [Harlan R. Day] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The revised Economics and Entrepreneurship provides the perfect tool for operating a simple classroom business in grades K-8. With five chapters of engaging teaching activities
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I haven't read this book.  However, I think it might be a good "how-to manual" for helping teachers setup classroom-based businesses.

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Why Coworking Spaces Are Here To Stay

Why Coworking Spaces Are Here To Stay | Colleyville Elementary | Scoop.it

What Regus's New York coworking space at 747 Third Avenue. Given the intense interest in startups these day, more and more young entrepreneurs are looking to coworking facilities to grab relatively inexpensive office space. In addition to WiFi, fax, conference rooms, kitchen and snack-prep areas; these ‘rental’ business studios also offer new [...]

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What if the "classrooms" at Colleyville Elementary were re-branded as "co-working rooms" or "co-working spaces"

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Empowering Students Through Entrepreneurship and Design Thinking

Empowering Students Through Entrepreneurship and Design Thinking | Colleyville Elementary | Scoop.it

WhielEntrepreneurship in pre-collegiate schools is spreading like wildfire! In 2011, a venture capitalist parent and I decided to pilot an Intro to Entrepreneurship elective for our seventh and eighth gra

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While the course this article talks about is for 7th and 8th graders, I do think that "design thinking skills" they talk about align with the "GCISD 5" really well.

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Why UPS Trucks Don't Turn Left

Why UPS Trucks Don't Turn Left | Colleyville Elementary | Scoop.it
UPS engineers map out routes for their drivers consisting of "a series of right-hand loops"
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The interesting thing about this illustration is that it shows how entrepreneurial thinking can entirely transform how you go about doing business in the business that you are in...and it shows how that kind of thinking can pay off.

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Teaching with the World Peace Game

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TEDJohn Hunter puts all the problems of the world on a 4'x5' plywood board -- and lets his 4th-graders solve them. At TED2011, he explains how his World Peace Game engages schoolkids, and why the complex lessons it teaches -- spontaneous, and always surprising -- go further than classroom lectures can.

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This is a link to the talk I told you guys about from John Hunter.  

TED actually supports the idea of communities hosting TEDKids conferences.

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Entrepreneurship Classroom Activities: ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IDEAS

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Here is some information from a school that is doing a few things to introduce entrepreneurship to elementary students.

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Creative and Critical Thinking Skills

Creative Thinking: Are you able to see situations from a variety of perspectives and come up with original ideas? (There are many creativity tools   that will help you do this.)
• Problem Solving: How good are you at coming up with sound solutions to the problems you're facing? Tools such as Cause & Effect Analysis  , the 5 Whys   Technique, and CATWOE   are just some of the problem-solving tools that you'll need to be familiar with.
• Recognizing Opportunities: Do you recognize opportunities   when they present themselves? Can you spot a trend  ? And are you able to create a plan to take advantage of the opportunities you identify?

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Personal Skills

Personal Skills

• Optimism: Are you an optimistic thinker?   Optimism is truly an asset, and it will help get you through the tough times that many entrepreneurs experience as they find a business model that works for them.
• Vision: Can you easily see where things can be improved? Can you quickly grasp the "big picture," and explain this to others? And can you create a compelling vision of the future, and then inspire other people   to engage with that vision?
• Initiative: Do you have initiative  , and instinctively start problem-solving or business improvement projects?
• Desire for Control: Do you enjoy being in charge and making decisions? Are you motivated to lead   others?
• Drive and Persistence: Are you self-motivated   and energetic? And are you prepared to work hard, for a very long time, to realize your goals?
• Risk Tolerance: Are you able to take risks, and make decisions   when facts are uncertain?
• Resilience: Are you resilient  , so that you can pick yourself up when things don't go as planned? And do you learn and grow from your mistakes and failures? (If you avoid taking action because you're afraid of failing, our article on Overcoming Fear of Failure   can help you face your fears and move forward.)

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Qualities of an Entrepreneur

CommunicationBranding (Personal and Business)Sales (Ask for the Sale)Strategy (Build a Business Plan), Goal SettingFinance (Manage Money Wisely)Customer Service (get to know them, make them important to you)Self Promotion (without being obnoxious)Project a Positive Business Image (be a professional)Take advantage of technology (of all kinds); but don’t let it control youKnow how to find smart people to help you (be a good team player and team builder)Become an expert and become known as an expertCreate a competitive advantage apart from othersBe a life long learner (invest in yourself)Be accessible (make it easy for people to engage with you; make it easy for people to give you money)Rock-solid reputation (time-management, punctuality, craftsmanship, etc.)Get involved in your community (Chamber of Commerce, Volunteer, etc.)Art of Negotiations (World Peace Game)Know how you work and where you work WELL (living room, kitchen, co-working space, leased office, etc.)Get and stay organized (invoices, primary documents for distribution, proposals, task lists, calendar appointments, clothes, etc.)Balance (it’s not 24/7)Know your weaknesses and find people who can help you with them / Don’t do everything even if you think you canFollow-up constantlyCreative Thinking (Divergent Thinking, Convergent Thinking, Metacognition)
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Commune With Nature In These 6 Productivity-Boosting Offices

Commune With Nature In These 6 Productivity-Boosting Offices | Colleyville Elementary | Scoop.it
Being in the midst of nature, even separated by a window, can help your productivity and morale. These offices bridge the outside/inside divide.
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▶ Entrepreneurs can change the world - Grasshopper - YouTube

▶ Entrepreneurs can change the world - Grasshopper - YouTube | Colleyville Elementary | Scoop.it

I From Grasshopper, The Entrepreneur's Phone System - http://grasshopper.com Producer: Sonja Jacob Soundtrack: Chain Reaction by Carly Commando http://bit.ly/O...

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Could this video be the introduction for your presentation at the Principal's Meeting.

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Entrepreneurship | Kauffman.org

Entrepreneurship | Kauffman.org | Colleyville Elementary | Scoop.it
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The Kauffman Foundation has always been the gold-standard for brining entrepreneurship into schools.  Perhaps we could reach out to someone at the Foundation and see what resources they could provide?

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Education Update:Educating Emerging Entrepreneurs:Educating Emerging Entrepreneurs

Education Update:Educating Emerging Entrepreneurs:Educating Emerging Entrepreneurs | Colleyville Elementary | Scoop.it
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This is a really short article, with some really good, practical ideas specific to teaching entrepreneurship in elementary school.  The section on "Tapping Into Local Resources" and "Integrating...into the Curriculum" are good.  Especially given your parents/surrounding community; "tapping into local resources" should be very feasible.

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The 7 Skills Students Must Have For The Future - Edudemic

The 7 Skills Students Must Have For The Future - Edudemic | Colleyville Elementary | Scoop.it
A powerful talk by Tony Wagner attempts to uncover the 7 skills students must have in order to prepared for the future.
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As we know, Wagner goes through these skills in "Global Achievement Gap"...but I do think it's important to note that #4 is on the list.

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UK's Edtech Incubator Graduates First Class of Teacherpreneurs (EdSurge News)

UK's Edtech Incubator Graduates First Class of Teacherpreneurs (EdSurge News) | Colleyville Elementary | Scoop.it
FOR TEACHERS, BY TEACHERS: Of all the edtech incubators in the world, only one--the Edtech Incubator--is this serious about teacher voice. On February 10, the London-based accelerator graduated its first class of 20 entrepreneurs, all of whom are current or former K-12 school and college educators.
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The interesting thing about this Incubator is that it shows how the teachers at a campus focused on entrepreneurship can be true content creators...how the teachers can be entrepreneurs themselves.

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Edtech Incubator - The UK's & Europe's first education technology accelerator programme

Edtech Incubator - The UK's & Europe's first education technology accelerator programme | Colleyville Elementary | Scoop.it
The UK's & Europe's first education technology accelerator programme
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What might it look like to create a school for learners that is (at the same time) also an incubator for entrepreneurs.  And what would it mean if the learners and the entrepreneurs were the same people.

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Daily Show: William Kamkwamba

William Kamkwamba recalls the challenges he faced while single-handedly building a windmill.
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A perfect example of what it means to be an entrepreneur without the goal to make a ton of money and retire early.

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