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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Taking a step back ... enterprise

maidenmole is continuing her series on "Taking a step back... over at ?IC@TomorrowToday.Biz. Her post on enterprise has these provoking questions:


Does the enterprise model limit its success to a handful of entrepreneurial types?

To what extent is the entrepreneurial spirit available to the rest?

As we move into the connection economy, are we biased towards those who show entrepreneurial spirit?

To what extent could the new economy really be a connection economy if we do not concern ourselves with those rest?

What can we do as connection economists to ensure that we do connect with all?

I notice the connection to Felix's posting on systemic thinking.

I wonder if this is not any different from what has happened previously.
Wasn't it at one time those who you knew that got you somewhere?
Wasn't it also at one time the explorers who succeeded?

In each day and age, does not a group with some special set of characteristics rise to the top inevitably? The question then becomes, can you become part of that group, and do you have what it takes, whatever it is at the time.

I do not believe that all of us can be part of that group. The nature of the competition is such to prevent it. There is no Lake Wobegon where all the children are above average.

So my answers to these questions would be as follows:

Does the enterprise model limit its success to a handful of entrepreneurial types? Yes, and there is nothing wrong with that.

To what extent is the entrepreneurial spirit available to the rest? To the extent that one is capable of competition at the same level and willing to do so, the spirit is open.

As we move into the connection economy, are we biased towards those who show entrepreneurial spirit? Yes, there will be a bias but there has always been some bias so what is new, nothing.

To what extent could the new economy really be a connection economy if we do not concern ourselves with those rest? If you define the economy as a connection economy, there will be at least three classes of people; the connected, those really connected (the group), and those not connected.

What can we do as connection economists to ensure that we do connect with all? It is an illusion to believe that you can connect with all. You may be able to connect with all those who want to hear your message, but you will not be able to connect with ALL.

What do you think?

To end on a positive note, I do believe that you can be happier with what you have than with what you want.

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