She laughed as she told me her self-chosen title, saying, “I made it up, because that’s what I like doing.” By the end of our conversation, I thought she fit the definition of a visionary perfectly: “a person with original ideas about what the future will or could be like.”
Imagining the future
The Praxis School of Entrepreneurship teaches both the business and life skills needed to successfully become an entrepreneur, and Monica has exciting ideas about the future of the business world.
She sees companies becoming smaller and more agile, forming expert teams for a specific project, and then dissolving the team once the project is finished.
“I think there’s going to be more people working on their own,” she says. “I think the future of entrepreneurship is lots of people kind of working in loose networks…. There’s room for collaborations all over the place, and the more that different perspectives come together… the better.”
The current working generation has already shown a preference for more choice, more freedom, more control in their workplace, and she doesn’t see that slowing down with the up and coming workforce.
“We’ve seen too many people be in jobs they do not like, have never liked, but feel they have to be in because they need the money on the table. I believe our job [at the Praxis School of Entrepreneurship] is to help people understand they can create the future that they want, that they do have that possibility within themselves, they don’t have to be bound by the norms.”
This view strikes a chord with us at Vireo Productions: We are a small company, with two staff working from home, contracting the help of freelancers when we need their expertise for specific projects. We may add a few more staff to our team as we grow, but we plan to remain small and agile in the way Monica describes.
Speaking with Monica was inspiring. She’s passionate about entrepreneurship, and her excitement is contagious. She wants to introduce people to the possibilities of entrepreneurship, “to elevate their knowledge, their decision making, their connections,” and to help people innovate in their industry.
“Innovation itself is a competitive advantage. If you’re thinking always about how to do something better, whoever works with you… is knowing they’re going to get a better resource than someone who isn’t doing that.”
Cheers to education, entrepreneurship, innovation, and inspiring leaders like Monica!