Agathe Center News
Welcome to the first edition of the Agathe Center newsletter!
“You didn’t build that.”
Why your achievements are never really just your own.
How do you get from where you are today to the place where you have a platform, an impact enterprise, that is financially viable, a constructive force in society, and a positive influence in the lives of the people it engages as stakeholders? How do you get to the place where your entrepreneurial efforts are communicating values such as humility, generosity, selflessness, care and love for the people personally and systemically?
Does anyone really get there on their own? Several years ago, the then President of the United States, Barack Obama, created a firestorm, especially among business owners, when he said, “If you’ve got a business – you didn’t build that.”
He went on to make the case that successful businesses require the participation of government in creating the infrastructure around them that makes success possible. But he also reminded his audience of this:
“Look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something – there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there. If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help.”
Towards the end of his speech, Mr. Obama made an important concluding statement:
“The point is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together.”
At the Agathe Center for Entrepreneurship, we believe that greater success is found through building partnerships and teams. Every business or social entrepreneur needs people around them with complementary gifts and skills. It is challenging to build teams and to share power in partnerships. It consumes time and energy. It can slow down decision-making as you work toward consensus. Still we find ourselves continually coming back to that oft-quoted African proverb: “If you want to run fast, run alone. If you want to run far, run together.”
We help design and build enterprises for generational impact, for long-term influence. Rarely, if ever, does anyone get there alone. Partners and team members are needed.
The Agathe Center for Entrepreneurship provides support to existing and aspiring entrepreneurs in developing and implementing their projects. Based in Bratislava, Slovakia, the Center provides tailored coaching and consulting services to local and international clients. It relies on a dedicated team, a widespread network of advisors, and a thriving ecosystem of impact enterprises to help entrepreneurs to “do good while doing good business”.
RECENT HIGHLIGHTS : –
The Agathe Center recently welcomed the co-owners of “Mr Bart’s English schools”, a network of English language schools in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The week-long series of coaching sessions covered leadership development, time management, marketing, character education and business growth, among others.
One of the projects of the Agathe Center is a bimonthly afterschool program for high school students keen to learn the basics of entrepreneurship. In early March, these young innovators presented their ideas in front of a panel of Global Enterprise Network experts to experience what it is like to pitch to investors.
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