The essence of entrepreneurship
In an interview with C.K. Prahalad, the sage of core competencies and the bottom of the pyramid, he was asked to define the essence of entreprenuership.
He replied: Having aspirations greater than your resources. That’s universal. If your aspirations are not greater than your resources, you’re not an entrepreneur. For large companies to be entrepreneurial, they have to create aspirations greater than their resources. You can call it “strategy as stretch” or “strategic intent.”
From a Zen perspective, one must be able to hold the tension that comes as a result of stretching beyond resources. This requires training.
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