Books & Papers

The one Minute Manager (1982) by Ken Blanchard, contains a form of reflective learning presented as a one minute goal setting technique.

In the book, the manager is asking an employee to describe the problem and desired outcome ‘in observable measurable terms’. These identified, the employee is asked 'what are you going to do about it?’ I.e. they are asked to describe the process by which they will bring about he desired change. The test question in the book is then‘if you did A, would what you want to have happen actually happen?’ If the answer is yes, it is a good solution, if no, then it is a poor solution. The follow up question is‘what else could you do?’ thus setting up a reflective learning cycle.

7 Habits of Highly Effective People (1990) by Stephen R. Covey, contains a step by step process towards living a life of fulfilment and integrity through being highly effective.

The book contains insights and brilliant examples of how to become effective, focussing on our personal attitudes and behaviours. On how we respond to every day activities and the impact that our choices make on ourselves and others. The main point of this book is to focus on working on our personal and interpersonal effectiveness. It also include a great section on Empathic Communication skills and their importance.

Getting to Plan B (2009) by J. Mullins and R. Komisar

When should you move on from Plan A? A question that entrepreneurs should ask themselves when they realise that their Plan A is not taking off. This book clearly depicts the trials and triumphs of entrepreneurship by using the authors' own personal experiences and real-world practical lessons that can be learnt from other entrepreneurs in the field. It promotes testing your plans, shaping your business model and re-defining your strategy and helps us grasp the idea that your best plan may be the Plan B.

The smarta way to do business - by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs (2011) by M. Thomas and S. Wasmund

Real life insights into the failures and successes of real entrepreneurs giving tips on things such as resilience, recognising opportunities, building your own business and learning from failure. With input from around 70 entrepreneurs, this book gives a good indication of the decisions and responsibility entrepreneurs must tackle on a daily business to develop a successful company.

Teaching Smart People How to Learn (1991) by Chris Argyris for the Harvard Business Review

This article highlights and develops the understanding around Double Loop Learning in an organisastion and as an individual. Creating value from having learnt from failure is an important part of being a successful entrepreneur and learner.

Enabling_Teachers_as_a_Critical_Success_Factor.pdf (2011) European Commission

The report is a source of information and a demonstration of good practice, for both policy makers and practitioners, on how to enable teachers as facilitators of learning, use innovative and entrepreneurial  methods of teaching, help young people to develop entrepreneurial mindsets and skills. 

Entrepreneurship_Education_at_School_in_Europe.pdf (2012) European Commission

This report focuses on primary and secondary education. Published in 2012, it fails to mention the Scottish Programme for Entrepreneurship. Covering 31 countries, it reports on the national strategies and action plans for integration of entrepreneurship in education; general approaches to subject curricula; learning outcomes and guidelines for teachers; initiatives and impacts of entrepreneurship as a subject being facilitated.

Entrepreneurship_in_higher_education_especially_within_non-business_studies.pdf (2008) European Commission

The stimulation of entrepreneurial mindsets to the development of capacity. This report will show the importance, challenges, and reasoning behind entrepreneurship education being a multi-disciplinary subject.

Entrepreneurship_in_vocational_education_and_training.pdf (2009) European Commission

This report proposes the effectiveness of entrepreneurial skills for those studying vocationally.

Fostering_entrepreneurial_mindsets_through_education_and_learning.pdf (2006) European Commission

This short report lightly covers some of the initiatives had in some European countries on the facilitation of entrepreneurship from primary to higher education levels.

Towards_greater_cooperation_and_coherence_in_entrepreneurship_education.pdf 

(2010) European Commission

This report is strategic in nature. This can aid in the overview of initiatives used to integrate entrepreneurship within education. It presents the findings from the reflection panels from four workshops held on the current state of play in entrepreneurship education. Especially in relation to the development of entrepreneurship education strategies and their implementation. A framework for mapping the area of entrepreneurship education, building strategy, priority setting and action, using a progression model developed from the discussions of the reflection panels. Good practices which show how to address key areas within the progression model. Recommendations for action at EU level to support developments within Member States.