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James D. Hart

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Teamwork is important in the entrepreneurial process. No one person can or should try to be all things to all people. Where an entrepreneur lacks ability, a team member can make up for such missing skills. If teams collaborate well, mountains can be moved, and a larger potential may be realized than when an entrepreneur works alone. These exercises serve to teach students how to assess team members’ and their own strengths and weaknesses, to understand the qualities of potential collaborators and gather or build a team.

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The act of planning is far more valuable than a plan itself. No matter how well an entrepreneur strategizes and makes assumptions, customers can surprise by acting unpredictably. In such cases, an entrepreneur may need to adapt quickly, lest their actions and business become irrelevant. As entrepreneurship is a process of adaptation and evolution, the better one is at planning and strategizing, the more quickly one can pivot as necessary. These exercises develop students’ abilities to plan and strategize.

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If others do not understand an entrepreneur’s concept, they likely will not support it. Whether an entrepreneur needs to build a team, acquire investors, inspire donors and prospective team members or engage volunteers, pitching is involved and serves as a keystone skill in the entrepreneurial process.

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People like to help those they know, like and trust. These exercises help students understand the potential of their professional network connections so that they can utilize others’ in helping build entrepreneurial concepts.

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Marketing is critical in the entrepreneurial process, as it is through marketing, in part, that an entrepreneur attracts potential customers’ attention. If a potential customer does not know about an entrepreneur’s offerings, there is a strong likelihood that a business will not be viable or sustainable.

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Through introspection and reflection, one empathizes with others’ needs and pains, assigns meaning to pursuits, understands one’s willingness to risk, and realizes one’s healthy sense of balance is askew and burnout is fast approaching. These exercises offer a series of experiences that develop both reflection and introspection, which can then be drawn upon and utilized in the process of entrepreneurship.

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Entrepreneurship begins with ideas. These exercises in ideation offer multiple techniques to help students develop entrepreneurial concepts.

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