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Posted By Kaskaskia College _, Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Born out of natural curiosity last year, Kaskaskia College undertook a faculty and staff survey just to see who had entrepreneurial experiences in their lives. We uncovered a small but exciting number of resources right in our midst. This year, we circled back and interviewed a number of them in more detail, to better determine how and when to use their knowledge. Of course the closing question in each interview was "will you continue to help us"? Our long term goal is to have a number of mentors ready for action.

Because the ASK has been in person and conversational we are better able to judge enthusiasm and commitment... important qualities of co-creators. Further, with the personal connections made, the door is open to asking for additional help in the future. We also better understand the interests of each person and what resources they bring into co-creation. With regard to faculty, several NEW prospects emerged for a cross campus/cross college team to be formed this Fall.

 The initial survey served a really useful purpose in the identification of prospects for follow up. What we have learned throughout our effectuation journey is that the personal one-on-one talks are the most productive. Larger group settings are fine for setting the stage and for introducing the principles of effectuation, but not much more. The one-on-one ASK draws out commitments and co-creators.

Tags:  ASK  Best Practices  Co-Creators  effectuation  entrepreneurship  Kaskaskia College 

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What A Difference A Year Makes

Posted By Kaskaskia College _, Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Getting into the final stretch of our second Coleman Foundation & ECIA year, I would like to share some of the differences between year one and year two. On a recent commute, this summary came to mind:

Year 1 Effectuation Efforts- First I learned the principles and then I taught them

Year 2 Effectuation Efforts- I made big strides in understanding the principles and have become a much better teacher

In Year Two, we still value our checklist and pursue our goals but our mindset is different- we are much more open to the journey and the experiences encountered. As a result, our rewards are larger and our effectual sustainability is more assured.

Sara Whiffen of Insights Ignited helped me to develop professionally and I would like to share some lessons learned & things that really gave our projects better direction:

1. "The future is unknowable but it is creatable" is a concept that draws in co-creators. It enabled us to convince others that we can operate on similar footing to that of famous entrepreneurs.

2. "Begin with where you are" removes the non-productive comparisons and allows progress to get underway. Yes, there are healthy comparisons to be made... just drop the coveting & the envy thoughts.

3. Design answers to "what is in it for me- WIIFM" before every group and listener. This is how to move beyond polite listeners and to attract co-creators. Remember to always ask for involvement.

4. Every interaction is good. It is impossible to predict which ones are going to help you and how they will help... "You are part of my crazy quilt."

5. When strengthening your internal team, get to the point where you can frame discussions by saying "Now we do 'X', in an effectual world we would do ______________."

6. Don't scare entrepreneurs away with information overload. You still want them to jump in and try.

At Kaskaskia College, our president of fourteen years retires at the end of the month- the signer of our PFEP. It will be up to our Institute for Entrepreneurial Success to enthuse and inform our new President Dr. Penny Quinn about NACCE, the Coleman Foundation and our effectuation journey. We are confident about accomplishing our mission!

Tags:  Coleman Foundation  effectuation  entrepreneurial mindset  entrepreneurship  insights ignited  Kaskaskia College  PFEP 

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The Value Of Adding Co-Creators To Your Entrepreneurial Efforts

Posted By Kaskaskia College _, Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Approach many people as you build the entrepreneurial mindset at your school because you cannot predict who will help you, how much they will help you and in what fashion the help will be. One beauty of the effectual "crazy quilt" concept (of helpers) is the surprise factor, so LISTEN and ASK in balanced doses.

As part of the Kaskaskia College ECIA Project, we needed to place entrepreneur focused materials into our central Learning Resource Center (Library). Upon first meeting the LRC Director Kathy, we learned that she wanted to bring new life into the old "LRC". Conversations quickly moved to helping one another. Besides our new and unexpected team member that "gets it" with regard to entrepreneurship across campus, here are some specific outcomes volunteered by our co-creator:

1. Kathy is also an evening GED instructor & volunteered that her students would be a good but un-noticed group for effectual problem solving... this observation is already being explored and appears to be true!

2. Our new LRC (the one with a coffeemaker at the door- coffee & books like major retailers) also has lobby displays. The displays include puzzles, piƱatas and inter-active games. The display just ending was titled "Is self-employment in your future"?

3. Part of the resource materials underway for our ECIA project will include interviews with entrepreneurial faculty and staff. Co-creator Kathy has a Youtube Channel established for the library- a perfect launch platform for our first ever video.

4. Like most community college staff, we each wear many hats. College-wide staff development and professional growth days fall into the Learning Resource "basket". We have the PG&D day coordinator totally on board with where we are heading and with what needs accomplished.

We did not expect the outcomes obtained when we went to ask questions about the "special resource section" of our library. In six short months the Kaskaskia College Learning Resource Center has become a creative leader for entrepreneurial action and a wonderful co-creator. Remember that effective co-creators step forward on their own free will, join the team on their own terms, bring new resources and have their own concept of what they are willing to invest.

Tags:  Co-Creators  effectuation  entrepreneurial mindset  Kaskaskia College 

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Reaching & Engaging Administrative Staff

Posted By Kaskaskia College _, Sunday, April 19, 2015
Updated: Sunday, April 19, 2015

Kaskaskia College is part of the Coleman ECIA Project. In a previous post, we covered Reaching & Engaging Faculty plus the ah-ha discoveries about how to present "what's-in-it-for-me?"or WIIFM. In recent weeks we have tackled the same topic for administrative staffers and non-teaching personnel. We have been concerned that support staff do not look at what they do as entrepreneurial, and question why be entrepreneurial at all? Early in the project we tried to discuss intrapreneurs and obtained modest success, or at least polite listening. In our opinion however when you want to push beyond this polite listening, you must get right back to WIIFM. We see this as key to locating active buy-in and co-creators. So, here is an outline of elements to consider when reaching and engaging administrative staff:

1. What is expected from your staff? (Know where they are coming from & what is important to them)

a. Manage & use resources effectively

b. Assure compliance with rules & regulations

c. Assist faculty in creating a positive & comprehensive learning environment

d. Provide a broad learning experience that meets diverse needs

e. Be a productive and vibrant part of the community

f. Keep track of everything

2. What challenges does staff face? (What makes their jobs challenging & stressful)

a. The pressure to be less place bound (delivery of services convenient to citizens and not necessarly to school)

b. Meet expectations for immediate service

c. Adopt/adapt to changing technology

d. Continuous improvement in efficiency

e. A feeling that everything is "all about the numbers"

f. Creating individualized learning experiences in an efficient manner

g. Coping with generational differences

h. Dealing with budget and staff cuts

Only after engaging, listening and coming to understand the staffers can effective futures be created together. We think that conversations must focus on the individuals, not just the employee. Effectuation can build self confidence and equip individuals or teams to confront challenges faced. Effectuation principles can help illuminate pathways to solutions and help to maximize resources allocated. As in all things, once you respect and understand others, productive synergies can occur.

A summer goal for Kaskaskia College is to have a cross functional, effectual group begin to do "compare & contrast" exercises: "Today we do "X" and in an effectual world we would do _________________." When we achieve this, we will know that we have made great strides with entrepreneurship.

 

 

Tags:  Coleman Foundation  community college  effectuation  entrepreneurial mindset  entrepreneurship  intrapreneur  Kaskaskia College  WIIFM 

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Reaching & Engaging Faculty

Posted By Kaskaskia College _, Saturday, March 21, 2015
Updated: Monday, March 23, 2015

We have worked hard to develop good answers to "What's In It For Me? (WIIFM)". Let me address what we have learned about adding value for the faculty at Kaskaskia College. In a later blog, we will share lessons learned about approaching staff and alumni. Of course, the WIIFM will differ!

The first step was to get the faculty listening. We did this by using a point that Feather River College made in their "The New World of Work" studies- 50% of your students will be self-employed at some point in their careers. Then, we gained agreement that virtually everyone can benefit from sharpened problem solving and critical thinking skills. Next, we have begun to introduce effectuation as one technique that addresses these two topics. We find that using the statement "the future is unknowable, but it is creatable" holds the listeners interest while introducing the effectuation concepts.

OK, so now the faculty is listening, and you must quickly get to the WIIFM- What's In It For Me pitch. The items that we think will work at our school are:

1. Focus on those that show interest and don't try to win everyone over immediately. We are in this for the long haul. For those showing interest, help to meet their specific needs.

2. Be a Gamification resource for your college and faculty. Our faculty is under great pressure to make on-line course content more engaging and interesting.

3. Construct Case Study "shells" that encourage customization by various programs. Invite faculty to blend them into their diverse programs.

4. Provide guidance to faculty members on how to sharpen student skills in critical thinking and problem solving. Help them create their dreaded self-assessment goals (required each semester) and provide suggested ways to measure.

5. Offer effectuation workshops to departmental advisory boards as a way to incent community members to serve on said boards.

It took alot of digging to determine what will really work in our environment. Now that these nuggets have been uncovered, we feel much more confident in moving forward.

Tags:  Critical Thinking  Faculty Development  Gamification  Kaskaskia College  Problem Solving  WIIFM 

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Don't Forget Adult Education & GED Students

Posted By Kaskaskia College _, Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Updated: Friday, February 20, 2015

When the Kaskaskia College Entrepreneurial Team started quizzing Deans and Department Heads about where Effectuation can have a large impact, Adult Education and the GED Program jumped out to us as an un-realized audience. The people in these programs are street-smart and creative, where effectuation techniques often help them survive.

I am reminded of a story that I believe Patrick Henry CC relayed- a used car came into their possession, was fixed up by their auto-tech program and then went into service as a service car for students... Effectuation techniques for sure.

Tags:  effectuation  entrepreneurial mindset  entrepreneurship  Kaskaskia College 

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Practice The "Ask" (For Involvement)

Posted By Kaskaskia College _, Monday, November 17, 2014

Steven Groner, Director of the Institute for Entrepreneurial Success

Kaskaskia College, Centralia Illinois

sgroner@kaskaskia.edu

PRACTICE THE "ASK" (For Project Involvement)

Kaskaskia College is one of ten members of the ECIA project powered by Coleman. We have a number of program delivery formats, so for the year ahead we are focusing on strengthening the infrastructure that supports entrepreneurship. We elected to expand our internal team and have used NACCE tools to elevate the involvement of our president (President's Pledge, Essential Practices Series and the NACCE2014 Annual Conference). Having Dr. Underwood participate in the Effectuation Master Class and the annual conference was powerful. We were able to focus on how to infuse entrepreneurship into all that we do for several days. "The future of work" topic continues to prompt discussion and will be the lead topic as we approach career & tech faculty. The fact that 50% of current students will be self-employed at some point in their career elicits conversation from all groups approached so far.

We returned from the conference with the helpful reminder- "make sure that the rest of the school knows what we are up to". We set out to talk to various groups immediately:

Announced our ten month project at staff & faculty professional development day

Spoke to the college vice presidents (with the meeting called by the president)

Talked to feeder high school district superintendents and advisors (two separate groups)

Introduced our project to the KC Foundation at their quarterly meeting, and as part of the president's welcome

Met with Business Department faculty and their clubs to ask for student co-creators

Participated in a high school career fair day and prepared a special flyer on the future of work

Began to outline our marketing communication plan with the public relations group

Introduced our project and needs to Alumni Relations staff

In each meeting we are practicing; a) asking for suggestions and, b) asking for participation. We are making the "Ask" a habit. We have gone back through notes from various NACCE Breakout Sessions to prepare for each group met with. Our "pitch" has differed for each audience.

A challenge that we face is: how to move beyond polite listeners in our group meetings to creating action and buy-in? We know that continuous follow-up must be scheduled for each initial contact, and we will make our ASK more specific with each meeting as we learn their affordable loss and other insights. During the next four weeks, we are targeting the Career & Tech faculty for one-on-one sessions of asking and listening. We are also tackling the Board of Trustees- as individuals and as a group. We are looking for project champions and co-creators.

LESSONS LEARNED:

Respect each audience and encourage open discussion. LISTEN. Tailor each session to the targeted audience. Keep asking about what they are interested in and why.

Ask for involvement, over and over. Develop specific requests wherever possible and move out of generalities.

KEY TAKEAWAY:

Use YouTube, the Internet and other visual sources to help people quickly grasp the entrepreneurial method. Entrepreneurship can be a tough concept to grasp, with many holding a narrow preconception of what it is. Try to get onto a common page of understanding quickly. Gifted speakers may be brought into your school meetings and discussions through the Worldwide Web to help break through common stereotypes. Pick the right length and content for each targeted audience.

 

Tags:  Coleman Foundation  community college  effectuation  entrepreneurship  Kaskaskia College  NACCE 

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