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ISBN: 9781933392905
Year Added to Catalog: 2008
Book Format: Paperback
Book Art: With Illustrations
Dimensions: 6 x 9
Number of Pages: 224
Book Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Release Date: August 20, 2008
Web Product ID: 413

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Finding the Sweet Spot

The Natural Entrepreneurís Guide to Responsible, Sustainable, Joyful Work

by Dave Pollard

Foreword by Dave Smith

Table of Contents

    An open letter to readers: Becoming a model Natural Enterprise for others to follow

    Foreword by Dave Smith

    Introduction: A Better Way to Make a Living

    • Now what are you going to do?
    • You’re not alone
    • There is a better way
    • What’s holding you back?
    • Do you have what it takes?
    • The six steps to Natural Entrepreneurship
    • A process and a collaboration, not just a book

     

    PART ONE: DISCOVERING WHAT YOU WERE MEANT TO DO

  1. Finding the Sweet Spot: Where your Gift, your Passion and your Purpose intersect
    • The sweet spot, and why it’s so hard to find
    • Your Gift: What you do uniquely well
    • Your Passion: What you love doing
    • Your Purpose: What’s needed that you care about
    • Some real-life examples of Gifts, Passions, and Purposes
  2. Finding the Right Partners: Discovering people whose skills complement your own
    • Seeking a shared Purpose
    • The temptation to settle for less
    • How and where to look for partners
    • Case studies: Briarpatch and MEC
  3.  

    PART TWO: FINDING AND FILLING UNMET HUMAN NEEDS

  4. Finding Unmet Needs to Fill: Conducting extraordinary research
    • Find a need and fill it
    • The research process
    • Case study: Tall Grass
  5. Imagining and Innovating Solutions: Offering something significantly different
    • The practice of imagining
    • The guiding principles of innovation
    • The innovation process
    • The land mines of innovation
    • Disruptive innovation: The Natural Entrepreneur’s competitive advantage
    • Case studies: WL Gore and Interface Carpets
  6.  

    PART THREE: MAKING IT SUSTAINABLE

  7. The Resilience of Natural Enterprise
    • What makes Natural Enterprises different
    • Six attributes of a resilient organization: Improvisation, self-management, organic financing, viral marketing, measuring success differently, and staying small
    • The myths of entrepreneurship
    • Case studies: Good Energy and Semco
  8. Responsibility, Collaboration, Relationship, Community: The Power of People
    • The power of responsibility, responsiveness, and reputation
    • The power of collaboration and cooperation
    • The power of relationships: partnership, networks, alliances, and reciprocity
    • The power of community
    • Why people would rather do business with a Natural Enterprise
    • Case Study: South Mountain

      Once You’ve Finished the Book: Next Steps

      Endnotes and Resource Guide

       


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