We know that people can be developed through dedication, learning, and hard work. Volunteers and entrepreneurs should share this mindset.
Lean & Scrappy Entrepreneurship
We believe that the best way to launch a business is to test the business idea quickly, reliably and repeatedly. We believe in bootstrapping a business, using resources you already have, at a low risk.
Our culture is how we work together as a team to serve our members and grow the impact we seek to have. We make decisions based on net impact to our mission – what will make the greatest difference, for the most people, while keeping us financially sustainable. At skysthelimit.org, part of our team culture is modeling the kinds of relationships that we seek to build between our young entrepreneurs and volunteers.
Another part of our culture of working together is using the same entrepreneurial principles we share with our community to maximize our organization’s capacity for social impact: having a growth mindset, using Lean Startup principles, being scrappy and focused, and using our team’s time to both improve the quality of the experience we deliver to our members and increase the number of people we serve.
Having a growth mindset means that we know we can always get better – and constantly seek to do so. We are curious, not afraid to experiment & fail, persistent, and continuously learning. We seek advice from experts ourselves – our team members value our own personal advisors and mentors.
Using Lean Startup principles means that we seek to learn by doing, applying the scientific methodology to our work. We use a human-centered design approach for our ideas, then we build & execute tests of those ideas, measure what did – and didn’t – work, and learn. We are flexible and Agile in our work. We move fast, and highly encourage independent decision-making by team members.
Being scrappy means that we use what we have, intelligently & frugally leveraging our resources to grow. Being focused means that we seek the take those actions that have the highest return, that most positively advance our mission. It also means that we actively avoid mission creep.
Using our time to improve the quality of our members’ experience is equally important to expanding the number of people we serve – these two pursuits are inextricably intertwined. By serving more people, we learn more about what works – and by learning more about what works, we improve the quality of what we do.
Contact us at info [at] skysthelimit.org if you are interested in joining our team of fantastic people!