From text messaging and touchscreens to Siri and tablets—the past decade of the technological revolution has rocked our world. But for Generation Z, the cohort of kids born from 1995 to 2009, these advancements are less of a revolution and more a pedestrian progression. These individuals—the oldest of which are turning 19 and starting to impact the economy—have never known a time before the Internet.
By Jason Beukema, an EO South Florida member and owner of Whet Travel
The “road to yes” is more than just a journey toward success and positive thinking, it’s about truly knowing yourself – your highs, your lows, your strengths, your setbacks – and carving a niche that you can own that will be your own. As I moved the tassel from right to left with an entrepreneurship degree from Central Michigan University, I knew I had to dream big and work hard to be the quintessential success I had so carefully and keenly set out to become. But what did that even mean, and where and how would I begin?
By Elliott Holt, an EO Nashville member and CEO of
Very few companies can clearly articulate WHY they do what they do. When I say WHY, I don’t mean to make money, I mean what is our purpose, cause or belief? WHY does our company exist? WHY do we get out of bed every morning?
Categories: Entrepreneurial Journey
The Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO)—the world’s leading peer-to-peer community of entrepreneurs—is proud to announce that it just hit the 10,000-member mark for the first time in its storied 27-year history! This membership milestone serves as a testament to EO’s growing impact, influence and reach in the lives of leading entrepreneurs around the world. Earning the title of our 10,000th member is Akith Patel, director of Propack Kenya Limited, and the newest addition to the recently launched EO East Africa chapter.
Categories: EO News
By Rob Jordan, an EO Portland member and CEO and founder of Idealist Consulting
When I landed on “Idealist Consulting” as our company’s name nearly eight years ago, I wanted to suggest that we are a different kind of consulting firm: One that will partner with clients in an idealistic way, showing that almost anything is possible with the right technology.
But I have always felt idealism means more than dreaming big– it also means being practical. Without practicality, you will be unable to implement idealistic notions. In many ways, we have to be pragmatists in order to see our goals of idealism come to fruition.
There are three clear ways practicality informs our idealism.
Entrepreneurs are altering the global landscape of communities and industries around the world. Where do they currently stand in the world economy, and where are they heading? The Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO)—a community of 9,500+ leading entrepreneurs in 42 countries—answers those questions in their recent Global Entrepreneur Indicator (GEI) survey!
By Jason Forrest, an EO Fort Worth member and CEO of Forrest Performance Group
“The toughest thing I ever had to do was get my team to overcome success disease.”
–Bill Walsh, football coach
Have you ever noticed that very few teams win the Super Bowl back to back? This is because of a mental deficiency (called success disease) that makes individuals and teams think that once they reach the top, they don’t need to improve any more. It’s an arrogance of the mind that says that the next win is based on a previous victory.
By Beth Miller, special to Overdrive
It’s a challenge many small business owners face: How to attract and retain a talented workforce. When a business is made up of average or below-average employees, leaders are forced to work around the clock, afraid to delegate and rarely see progress. I wanted entrepreneurs and business owners to understand the depth of this issue and how to overcome it.
By David Hassell, an EO At Large-US member, and CEO of 15Five
One of my primary focuses as a CEO is to guide and facilitate team productivity. I want to drive innovation & growth for the company, but I also recognize the importance of employee investment. When employees show up disengaged, they don’t bring their best selves to work and in turn, do not grow nor feel fulfilled as an outcome of the work they do. Investing in their growth may not seem like a top priority with everything else going on, however, consider the difference between an entire workforce working at 58% of their potential vs 99%.
By the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), in partnership with Inc.
Everyone has a unique way of starting their day off on the proverbial right foot. What do successful entrepreneurs do every morning to ensure they are über-effective at getting things done? Several EO members shared their tips and tricks for maximum productivity.