What differentiates successful entrepreneurs from failed ones?
Why do some organizations seem to produce and others cannot?
Are successful entrepreneurs just lucky or is there a logical explanation?
These questions were posed by Ernesto Sirolli, who describes in this Ted Talk his experience while working in Africa at age 21, as an Italian social entrepreneur. Initially Ernesto was puzzled why the local people would not “seemingly” do better for themselves, and why the money and resources continually dumped into the local communities never seemed to produce anything. He identified that over the past 50 years Africa has received over $2 trillion and it has significantly hurt the continent more than it has helped. After seven years of observing the local people and various western social entrepreneurial countries, attempting to change the culture and turn the continent around, Ernesto figured out this traditional model for change was inaccurate and wasteful. Through simple logic, Ernesto identified any attempt to control and influence people increases risk, and when entrepreneurs are placed in a non-traditional structure that aligns people and resources and utilizes expertise instead of telling them what to do, they will always add more value and produce more than the alternative.