We help start and sustain Radical Enterprises by developing their Entrepreneurial Resilience.
Growing your enterprise's resilience hinges on growing your own resilience as a Radical Entrepreneur (first).
That of your teams (second).
That of your systems (third).
Entrepreneurial Resilience is not a quick fix solution. Why? Because the problem is much deeper than we think it is. Root problems require root solutions.
What is Entrepreneurial Resilience? It grows from the DNA of your enterprise (values, culture, systems) and is reflected through the ways of working and culture of your enterprise (how you and your enterprise work). It is your enterprise's ability to navigate and transform challenges into opportunities for greater impact and better work. It is about successfully embracing change and transformation towards sustained and sustainable development. It is about bouncing-back from difficult circumstances with increased wisdom that feeds a grander vision.
At Turtle Tank, we support you in growing the Entrepreneurial Resilience of the systems that make up your enterprise (including yourself).
We believe that most enterprises fail (primarily and permanently) because the people that grow them lack Entrepreneurial Resilience.
People usually attribute their failures to everything else. From lack of market traction, to inconsistent revenue. From unsound strategy to irreconcilable team differences. After years of coaching, strategizing and observing Radical Entrepreneurs and their patterns, we have concluded that permanent failure in these areas is a symptom of something more fundamental, more root: the lack of Entrepreneurial Resilience.
Our approach is “radical” (which means root) because it addresses this root concern.
Entrepreneurial Resilience is: the ability to be consistently present enough to identify our challenges, recognize what needs to shift, and respond effectively to any situation -- time and again.
Without Entrepreneurial Resilience, neither the entrepreneur nor the enterprise can mature appropriately. And entrepreneurial wisdom is never truly gained.
Well, developing Entrepreneurial Resilience is not a sexy or flattering process. It’s quite challenging. It requires a constant commitment to healing, learning and growing.
Most programs do not address the impact of stress, trauma and systemic oppression on our ability to be effective entrepreneurs. They do not consider how these areas affect our ability to dream big, to read the world around us, to respond strategically, to make sustainable decisions, to set attainable goals and meet those goals. Entrepreneurs generally lack the basic relational, emotional and social skills they need to mature and succeed as entrepreneurs.
We use the journey of becoming a Radical Entrepreneur as yet another gateway to healing (ourselves first and foremost). We embrace the journey of becoming an entrepreneur as a path of healing and self-discovery. In our experience, this approach is key to our ultimate successes.
We address both internal factors (through Inner Strategy) and external factors (through Outer Strategy) simultaneously to grow Entrepreneurial Resilience from the inside-out and the outside-in. Experimentation (what we commonly refer to as “failing”) becomes our friend. Mystery becomes exciting. Risk becomes fun, measured and affordable (especially for at-risk marginalized folks).
As we become more resilient, we develop the strategic instinct we need to make decisions and work with (rather than against) the unknown, the mystery of creation. This makes us creative, agile, adventurous and powerful. With Entrepreneurial Resilience, we are able to effectively respond to anything that emerges and successfully navigate the most challenging circumstances. We are able to mature and wisen-up and, by extension, allow our enterprises to mature accordingly.
That is the true power of Turtle. That is what we teach at Turtle Tank.