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Watch Replay of Free Webinar: Small Business Growth

Watch Replay of Free Webinar: Small Business Growth

Watch Replay of Free Webinar: Small Business Growth

Employee Emeritus Employee Emeritus ‎05-22-2015 07:47 AM
pinkett_headshot  - 25.pngGuest post by Dr. Randal Pinkett (@RandalPinkett), featured Verizon Small Business Webinar Series guest, Chairman and CEO of BCT Partners, serial entrepreneur, international speaker, and bestselling author of Campus CEO: The Student Entrepreneur’s Guide to Launching a Multimillion-Dollar Business and No-Money Down CEO: How to Start Your Dream Business with Little or No Cash.

Individuals or Teams

What names come to mind when you think about entrepreneurial success?  I have asked this question of audiences on several occasions and the following names are frequently cited: Cathy Hughes of Radio One and TV One, Steve Jobs of Apple, Oprah Winfrey of Harpo Studios, Bill Gates of Microsoft, and Anita Roddick of the Body Shop, to name a few.  I’ve noticed that almost always the responses I receive are the names of individuals.  It seems the perception of entrepreneurial success is that individuals drive it.  However, my experience has shown me that teams, not individuals, drive entrepreneurial success.

For example, Cathy Hughes and Alfred Liggins have been the forces behind Radio One and TV One’s accomplishments.  Steve Jobs teamed with Steve Wozniak to launch Apple.  Oprah Winfrey and Jeff Jacobs worked together to create the global multimedia empire known as Harpo Studios.  Microsoft was built upon the joint efforts of Bill Gates and Paul Allen.  And Anita Roddick co-founded the eco-conscious Body Shop alongside her husband Gordon Roddick.  History has shown that although we often focus on the individual entrepreneur, more often than not, they are not the sole driving force behind their company’s success. There is almost always a team that is the story behind a company’s story of success.VZ Webinar Series ICON.jpg

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