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Learn More, Grow More, Be More

It happens: You build a successful organization and business is humming along. Suddenly you realize: You’re bored and you want more. Not more money necessarily, but more personal and professional fulfillment. More enjoyment, more opportunities, more challenges. Entrepreneurs with an ongoing thirst for learning often turn to executive education programs to expand their knowledge base to tackle new challenges and opportunities. The Entrepreneurial Masters Program class of 2016. Core to EO’s mission is an unrelenting commitment to helping both first-stage and experienced entrepreneurs learn and grow to new levels of leadership, in business and beyond. Continuing education is important, especially when you’re trying to challenge the status quo. One way is executive education, offered through university programs and other professional organizations and institutes. We asked EO members about their experiences pursuing executive education, specifically the Entrepreneurial Masters Program (EMP) at the MIT Endicott House, located in Dedham, Massachusetts. Here’s what they said. Why, as a successful entrepreneur, did you seek additional education? Michele Hecken, CEO of Alpha Translations Canada: “I sought additional education for the same reason professional athletes need a coach: To grow my potential and create the best company I can―to win when I compete. Surrounding yourself with successful peers from different industries and walks of life provides some of the best learning opportunities and provided a significant competitive advantage.” Hao Lam, CEO of Best in Class Education: “There is a Chinese proverb that resonates with me: ‘One must keep learning as long as she lives.’ So, when I discovered the opportunity to enrich my life through additional education and connect with other like-minded entrepreneurs, I knew I had to take it.” What did you gain from executive education? Hecken: “EMP provided some of the best speakers, tailored to entrepreneurs’ most pressing challenges, who provided concrete, actionable insights and advice which we could implement in our companies immediately. Those learnings, tools and metrics have provided a foundation upon which my company continues to grow to this day.” Lam: “Not only did I learn vital information from fantastic speakers, but I walked away with invaluable lessons and tools that I could apply both personally and professionally. Most importantly, I formed bonds with 66 other…

What can you learn about business from a stand-up comedian?

I say, I say, I say, did you hear about the exec who went on a stand-up course? What can an entrepreneur learn about running a business from a self-professed “gobshite clown”? Quite a lot, it turns out. Said clown, Paul White’s first comedy gig was in the mid-Nineties. He’d been blackmailed into it by a friend who said she would enter him into the BBC New Comedy Award or she’d publish compromising pictures of him. He entered with no previous experience and his fourth gig was the final, alongside Lee Mack and Julian Barratt. He was hooked. “It was new territory,” White says. “Imagine your first kiss. I’ve yet to find anything else that was as much fun.” Since that time White, performing as “Silky”, has become a circuit favourite, appearing on BBC’s The Stand Up Show and making successful appearances at the Edinburgh Fringe and running a number of successful comedy clubs and events.   “It’s a measure of the addictive hit of stand-up that it’s been 24 years since I started, but still, last week I got up at 3am to endure five flights across 24 hours just to spend 30 minutes in a room full of strangers in Norway,” he says. Five years ago White started running comedy courses in his local city of Leeds, originally to make use of Mondays, a traditionally a quiet night on the circuit, and to create a source of income should his stand-up and promotional career show signs of flagging (it hasn’t, yet). White’s taught around 300 people in that time, though, he says, “I hope I was already a helpful resource before that.” silky_may_2017_shoot_full-res_046.jpg Image from Paul White His courses take three current forms, six weekly sessions, half-day workshops and one-on-one mentoring. The courses aim to make people happier before they came but “without over-confidence” and all culminate in a five-minute routine written and performed by the participant. Exercises cover things like finding your own voice, writing and refining material and confidence tips. People take the courses, White says, “to challenge themselves. To take a baseball bat to their ideas…

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