The basics of enterprising - the authentic definition
Passion: in most of the enterprises you'll find people with passion for their job or activity. This is the driver for success. You find those people in all layers of the enterprise: shareholders, employers, management staff, ... But in a lot of cases you'll also find stakeholders and peers which are only focused on profit and their own profit. Not that making profit is not required. But an enterpise only focused on profit is damned to disappear, because within the enterprise peers start to loose the sense and soul of the enterprise. The passion which is driving the enterprise is floating away. And with the passion the inner strenght.
Look at the banks a few years ago. They feld down because their focus was "making money" in stead of "supporting their customers by offering stable credits and sustainable interests". In summary:
"The purpose of an enterprise is to reach targets by passion and not by aiming profit. Profit is only important to support the aim and the soul of the enterprise."
Sense of reality:
Today a lot of enterprises are by lack of strenght condamned to deny some hard realities. They do business with a conscious, subconsious or (al or not voluntary) unconscious sense of reality. The prefer to work in their own delusion than to lok for connections to imporve their strenght in order to avoid the distorsion of the reality.
But there are also more and more examples of enterprises which incorporate the sense of full reality by introducing p2p principles. Far away from illusions but rejecting firmly delusion.
A few examples of delusion:
Nuclear energy where the cost of the nuclear waste is completely underestimated.
The CO2 issues on earth neglected due to the economic crisis of the last years.
The whole smartphones and tablets economy where as well as users and producers do not care from where and on which conditions basic resources are baught and waste is processed.
A few good examples:
NewB, Fairphone, Kashmir, ... look at the whole context of their products. We can easily speak about win,win,win,win for all parties and peers as well as only win,win for a few (management and shareholders).
The most crazy of this delusion is that shareholders and management become at the time victim of their own limited scope of reality (Fortis, Fukushima, Dexia, ...). In other words:
"The whole context of an enterprise and the complete actuality about it are in scope to let win all internal and external stakeholders"
Networking, making connectons is fully recognised as the key for success in enterprising.
And of course conections with reliable people. People where you can trust on.
But often times the deication goes in one direction and the dedication is not mutual. Personal profit and power positions are inducing this bad behaviour, mainly driven by fear.
Connections with people requires a mutual dedication, despite the diffenrences (pesonality, role, position, ...). This mutual dedication requires equivalence and equipotentiality.
People who wants to have an open dialog on issues and look for outcomes with supporting each other, far from damaging or harming the other.
"Connections between all peers and stakeholders are key. But without equivalency and equipotentiality they undermine enterprising."
Acting, handling, produsaging, producing, creating...:
One day, the sooner, the better, the entrepreneur is taking action. This the the kernel of enterprising. Without "making it" there is no enterprise. There is even no life. Life is indeed not more than a chain of actions. Some conscious, others more unconscious. Even more: "a contineous stand still" is equivalent to dead. This is why in some cases people prefer jobs for free than inactivity, which is of course on the longer term not a solution (see next point).
"Acting is the kernel of enterprising, even of life. Acting is also a bit of crazyness in theknowledge that the only risk of ife is to take NO risk!"
"For free" doesn't exist. If a person is investing without decent return - assuming he has all means to continue - he will disconnect. With "decent" I mean that he has to recognize himself in what he receives for his involvement. The return can be on different levels: recognition, participation, care, salary, ... whatever incentive where he can live with and where he chooses for, without any dependency or domination. And () a basic condition is that in case of a full time activity each person who invest in the enterprise must have the means to live. Those means can be paid by the enterprise as well by the community (f.i. retired people who stil involve themselves in the enterprise).
This is also valid on the level of the enterprising self. An enterprise which after a whicle doesn't receive any award for his activity has to stop. In that sense "profit" - in whatever format - becomes important. But the profit is more a required benefit or reward to continue with an enterprise.
"What the return is doesn't matter. It can consist of salary, merits*, benefits** or commons***. As long as participants recognize the return for their efforts. A fair balance is required"
Fun, joy, happiness and recovery:
Those are the "salsa" for enterprising. They feed the soul, which is the motor of passion. And passion is the initiator of enterprising.
I'm speaking about celebrations where all participants deal the joy of the success. Can be even the after work parties. But imrotant is again with all peers and stakeholders of the succes involved. The celebration can also being organised because of an intermediate succes. Or because of the reintegration of a team member. Whatever as long as the joy is common.
But recovery is also the "salsa" of an enterprise, more as a balsam for hurting experiences: a participant or peer who is mistreated is a dissonance for the org and will therefore be recognised and fairly restituted, so that he can be reintegrated in the community.
"Joy, celbration and recovery are salsa for the enterprise. Without this "salsa" the enterprise is drying up, peers are leaving, passion if starving."
is the contemplation of each participant within an enterprise. Reflection is detachment from the daily problems and activities by leaving those for a while in order to free up the mind to let come up taughts and ideas which can be refreshing for the enterprise.
And it doesn't matter how? Gardening, walking, yoga, cycling, sport, mindfullness sessions, bouddhism, ... are valuable alternatives for reflexion. Even a sudden stop in the hectic daily busines all or not in the smoking room or between your team members.
It is a question of leaving the daily worries and the enterprise to have some distance to assess what you are busy with. As a lever for change.Indeed because sharing the upcoming taughts can induce a tremandous change.
"Enterprises with roam for reflection keep track on change !"
*merits: today merits are related to a function, in postcapitalism merits are related to real facts. The lowest employee who has a bright idea pushing the enterprise forward receives the biggest merit at the end of the year
** benefits: are different of part of profits. Profits are common to all stakeholders and must be divided by involment. In that sens a divident in postcapitalism can be very low. But the value of the enterprise (the share) will be higher because of the sustainability of the enterprise and the benefits it generates for all stakeholders.
*** commons: air, water, healthcare in Belgium, free spaces, ... can beconsidered as commons. Which mean common property. In that sense the idea of "vivant" to give everybody a basic salary is a very good idea. It can be considered as a common to give all citizens a basis salary to survive. No diffrentiation between subsistence minimum, unemployment salary, ...