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By Chris Johnson
Intern, University Communications
Dr. Derek Lidow was impressed with what he saw from the business leaders in Spartanburg.
Lidow was the inaugural speaker for Johnson Innovation Speaker Series hosted at the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics. There, he promoted his new book “Start-up Leadership: How Savvy Entrepreneurs Turn Their Ideas Into Enterprises” and discussed key points from the text.
“There’s a great amount of community spirit,” he said. “They care about the community and are doing a great job of supporting everyone with entrepreneurial aspirations and those who plan to go into business.”
Lidow earned a degree in physics from both Princeton and Stanford and has become an authority on business and entrepreneurship.
Lidow emphasized that it is not the idea, but quality leadership that provides a vehicle for businesses to flourish.
“If you got the right leadership skills and you can inspire people to be their best, then you have the opportunity to make an impact,” he said.
Those words resonated with Leanna Henderson, a senior business administration major at the College of Business. Henderson connected Lidow’s message with her own goals.
“From listening to Derek Lidow speak, I learned that you need to know what motivates you in life and what causes you to be a successful entrepreneur,” Henderson said. “He helped me to realize that my motivation is to please others and make others happy. That is why I am pursuing a career at the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System.”
Lidow ended the night signing and handing out copies of his book.