Monday, May 17, 2010

Top 10 Entrepreneurial Skills

Paul Bernal of the Human Capital International and the Boeing Company led a powerful discussion to a room full of NAAAP Seattle entrepreneurs in the Idea space of SCIpda on the top 10 Entrepreneurial skills.  Engaging and fun, people left with keys to the kingdom of entrepreneurship to expand on their businesses and even to start their own businesses.

Here are the keys Paul gave to us.

  1. Come to work each day willing to be fired 
  2. Circumvent any orders aimed at stopping your dream 
  3. Do any job needed to make your project work, regardless of your job description 
  4. Find people to help you 
  5. Follow your intuition about people you choose, and work only with the best 
  6. Work underground as long as you can, publicity triggers the corporate immune mechanism 
  7. Never bet on a race unless you are running in it 
  8. Remember it is easier to ask forgiveness than for permission 
  9. Be true to your goals, but be realistic about the ways you achieve them 
  10. Honor your sponsors

Source: Gifford Pinchot, Intrapreneuring, Harper & Row, 1985

Paul Bernal's presentation can be found here (

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