The course of modern world history has been deeply influenced and fashioned by technological revolutions starting with printing in the 15th century, industrial in the 18th century, and information in the present day. Each of these revolutions profoundly impacted economies, industry structures, consumer, labour markets etc. With these new technologies came new social institutions that came to dominate modern day life. Every revolution also spawned a pioneering set of individuals with a unique mindset who were at the forefront to harness the power of the new technology to create riches for themselves and for society at large. The French economist, Jean-Baptiste Say, was the first to denote them with a new moniker 'Entrepreneur' in 1803.
With the information revolution, we are experiencing firsthand the powerful forces of entrepreneurship in the economy
and in society. However, when we look beyond the hype, we are confronted with the harsh reality of the struggle in
surviving and thriving in entrepreneurial environments which are volatile, unpredictable, complex and ambiguous. The
sobering fact is that entrepreneurship is extremely difficult, with low rates of success.
Research has shown that an entrepreneur’s mindset plays a critical role in entrepreneurial success. Successful
entrepreneurs have unique personality dimensions, perspectives and strategic orientations which set them apart.
Understanding how they view the world and practice the entrepreneurial mindset can help aspiring individuals acquire
an entrepreneurial orientation.
The programme, Developing Entrepreneurial Mindset and Leadership, focuses on uncovering patterns in entrepreneurial orientation and how specific ways of 'Thinking' and 'Being' can be sources of competitive advantage and success. The programme aims to present participants with a set of practices and perspectives which could help them in fostering entrepreneurial thinking and behaviour. The emphasis is not only what the entrepreneur does, but also on who he or she is.
In addition to exploring entrepreneurial orientation, we also highlight practices that are useful in developing an
‘intrapreneurial mindset’,which will enable managers and leaders to facilitate ‘corporate entrepreneurship’ in their
• Develop an entrepreneurial mindset with the help of practices of play, creation, empathy, experimentation, reflection and integration
• Help participants explore the personality traits, motivations and behavioural competencies required to be an entrepreneur
• Develop allied entrepreneurial skills and competencies in leadership, team management and strategic orientation
• Help participants in practicing and fostering corporate entrepreneurship in their organisations
The programme is suitable for entrepreneurs and corporate professionals irrespective of experience level. In particular, it is a good fit for:
• Entrepreneurs or aspiring entrepreneurs who wish to explore personality dimensions, strategic thinking and leadership qualities involved in creating entrepreneurial success.
• Managers who wish to develop corporate entrepreneurship behaviour in organisational contexts.