Week 3 – Discussion 1
Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses.
Strategies for Entrepreneurs
Please watch the Forbes video entitled Top Five Startup Tips from Spanx Billionaire Sara Blakely (2010). Sara Blakely is the youngest self-made female billionaire. She is creator of the ubiquitous women’s shape ware brand, “Spanx.” In this video she shares useful tips for new business owners who are strategizing how to successfully grow their business. Based on the content presented in the video, please answer the following:
- Sara outlines five tips for entrepreneurs. Please list these five tips.
- Sara weighs in on the importance of “visualizing where you are headed” as well as “embracing what you don’t know.” Please discuss:
- What she means by these concepts, and
- Whether these ideas are inherently conflicting. In other words, please discuss whether it is realistic for an entrepreneur to both understand where his or her business is trying to go, yet simultaneously learn and respond to new “things you don’t know” along the way? Is she arguing one must be both steadfast and adaptable?
Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts.
Carefully review the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate this Discussion Thread.