“Find the biggest problem your employer faces for which you and your skills are the solution.”
– Robert Horton, Executive Recruiter
Anyone who has worked for a company for any length of time knows who the intrepreneurs are. They are the staff members who are always crackling with new ideas, finding solutions, taking on new initiatives and coming up with creative strategies for furthering the company’s mission.
We can define intrepreneuring as creating and maintaining the innovation and flexibility of a small business environment (an entrepreneurial mind set) within the confines of a larger institutional structure.
While we focus most often on those who start new businesses, it’s important to note that individuals can act entrepreneurially in several different contexts, even corporations.
Since most innovations have come from people in small businesses (entrepreneurs), it’s logical for many companies encourage a corporate culture receptive to new ideas. The good news is, intrepreneurship is catching on. Google has long been an advocate. Products like Gmail, Google News, and Adsense resulted from its “Innovation Time Off” program, in which employees are able to devote 20% of their work day to independent endeavors. Other organizations, including marketing and engineering firms, are following Google’s lead.
Would a program like this work in your company? With today’s mercurial workplace, we’re all expected to be entrepreneurs in order to stay competitive and promote our value to employers. Maybe it’s time to bring it up.
Here are some ways to practice your intrepreneurship:
- position yourself as the go-to person
- keep an eye out for ways you can save your employer money or increase profits in tough times.
- volunteer for assignments
- learn new software programs
- speak up, stay positive
- maintain high visibility
- follow up with your boss to keep him or her informed of your accomplishments
Be the value add.
Anyone have an intrepreneurship story to share?
(this is adapted from, Indie Business Power by Peter Spellman)