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     Larry Farrell is a contributing editor for The Conference Board Review, the bi-monthly magazine published by The Conference Board. You can read Larry's latest column here and also link to each of his previous contributions.  Larry is currently working on his fourth book, a hindsight look back and tying-together of many of these articles and how Larry's ideas and teachings have transgressed the years to remain as pertinent as ever.

T h e C o n f e r e n c e B o a r d Re v i e w July/ August  2 0 0 8


 What's Left to Say


Our columnist has finally said   everything about entrepreneurship--almost.                 


     When my old friend and former business partner Tom Peters heard that I was keen on researching and teaching entrepreneurship, he warned, "You can say everything that needs to be said about entrepreneurship in one paragraph."  The implication was clear:  Stick with the big-business management stuff he had written about in his best-selling book In Search of Excellence.

     Well, twenty-five years (including four delightful years of writing this column) and three books of my own later, I'd have to say that either the great Tom Peters got it wrong or it's taken me a hell of a long time to get that paragraph just right.  Of course, who could blame Peters or anyone else for pooh-poohing my newfound interest in entrepreneurs way back in 1983?  It was still all about management in those days.  Starting a small business was something you did if you couldn't get a "real job" at a Fortune 500 blue-chip outfit like GM or IBM or Citibank.

     How shortsighted!  People simply hadn't yet recognized that entrepreneurship was the greatest economic-growth tool ever invented and that entrepreneurship, not big business, was to become the real engine of prosperity around the world...

Link to the complete article: Jul/Aug 2008: What's Left to Say

Click to view each "Entrepreneuring" column in The Conference Board Review

  July/Aug 2004: Growing Pains

Nov/Dec 2004: How to Kill the Entrepreneurial Spirit

Mar/Apr 2005: An Unintended Lesson

July/Aug 2005: To Become the Next Steve Jobs. . .

Nov/Dec 2005: Back to the Basics

Mar/Apr 2006:   You Have to Be a Bet-the-Ranch Type

July/August 2006: All in the Family

Nov/Dec 2006: The Upside of Being Downsized

Mar/Apr 2007: Unnecessary Hoopla

July/Aug 2007: Growing Europe

Nov/Dec 2007: Welcome to the Dark Side

Mar/Apr 2008: Re-educating Our Educators

Sept/Oct 2004: Transforming Bureaucrats

Jan/Feb 2005: Growing the Old-Fashioned Way

May/Jun 2005: Ultimate Motivation

Sept/Oct 2005: Employees Canít Get No Satisfaction...

Jan/Feb 2006: The Governmentís Most Important Job

May/Jun 2006: E - 101

Sept/Oct 2006: Don't Give Up Your Day Job

Jan/Feb 2007: Unforgettables

May/Jun 2007: Beyond Casinos

Sept/Oct 2007: Words Into Action

Jan/Feb 2008: Scoring High Marks After Marx

May/Jun 2008: Two Decades



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