An Inside Look at Intrapreneurship
Do you know someone in your workplace who’s a little more motivated to follow their own projects than regular tasks? Someone who always has ideas for advancing the business, new ideas to streamline processes, or another money-making idea?
If that sounds like someone you know – or maybe it’s you – then you know an intrapreneur.
A loose definition of an intrapreneur is an individual who is self-driven to work within a business to implement change or improvements. But don’t take my word for it! Here’s a formal definition from www.thefreedictionary.com:
intrapreneur, noun — A person within a large corporation who takes direct responsibility for turning an idea into a profitable finished product through assertive risk-taking and innovation.
At times, they may march to the beat of their own drum but often they’re good to have around and good for business.
How does one become an intrapreneur? That’s an excellent question!
For starters, listen to that little voice inside you, the voice that says, “Hey, maybe we could do it this way,” or the one that says “Wouldn’t it be good if we could do this?”
When you’ve got your idea, develop it, polish it, and get ready to present it. Then, find someone within your company who can be a mentor, a supporter, and champion of your innovative idea. With their help, you can take your idea to fruition and reap the results.
We don’t all have it inside us to become intrapreneurs, but maybe you do. Try it and see!