If you’re reading this right now, the chances are that you’ve heard the word entrepreneur before. S/he’s that person that is constantly looking to disrupt the market. They’re very proactive. Additionally, they always want to solve an existing or new problem in the market or improve a current solution. Heck, you’re probably reading this because you’re an entrepreneur yourself. However, one thing you might not have heard of is the term “intrapreneur.”

It’s funny how not every stellar business book or seminar talks about this set of people because they’re incredibly unique. They’re the life force of your company if you have employees within your organization. This is especially so because you can’t know it all or have the ability to do everything yourself. This is true regardless of your intelligence level.

In this article, we’ll be telling you who an intrapreneur is and how they contribute to your business’s success.

Who is an Intrapreneur?

In the simplest form possible, an intrapreneur is a person who works for a company but is primarily driven by an entrepreneurial mindset. Unlike regular employees, this person doesn’t wait to do what is meant to be done. Like an entrepreneur, this individual can spot problems with processes and work environments. They can develop solutions almost on the fly that would work excellently in getting rid of those problems. An intrapreneur is self-motivated, and they often treat the business with the same enthusiasm and zest as they would treat their own business.

For this reason, they’re in high demand across the business world in Africa and every other part of the world, and the chances are that your entrepreneurial taste buds are already tingling to have a taste of their resourcefulness. The few attributes listed in our definition do not nearly begin to cover what an intrapreneur does to contribute to your business’s success. Allow us to explain.

Three Ways an Intrapreneur Contributes to the Success of Your Business

1. They Increase Productivity

In our definition, we mentioned and explained explicitly that an intrapreneur is often very self-motivated. Intrapreneurs do not need to be told what to do before they get right to work. It is simply in their nature to get things done. With an intrapreneur on your team, you’re very likely to see their effects immediately, especially when you assign them specialized tasks.

It is even more glaring when you make them head a team, temporary or otherwise. They’ll likely be able to carry everyone else along, pulling the team together where necessary and bringing out the best in everyone around. It’s nothing special to them. It’s simply what they do.

2. They Solve Problems

When setting up a business, you should create systems and patterns that enable the company to function optimally. This should happen even in your absence. It’s the only way to ensure that you survive in the harsh realities of today’s business world. However, no matter how much you optimize your business for excellence, the chances are that there would still be small loopholes.

An intrapreneur is deftly skilled at finding these loopholes and helping you patch them up. This can be rewarding to your business in more ways than one. Examples include improving your workflow processes and boosting your profits in the long run.

3. They Innovate

If you must survive in the corporate world today, you must continue fine-tuning, improving, and working on yourself and your business. This directly translates to innovating and coming up with new ways of doing things.

If all you have are regular employees who simply want to come to work, do their tasks robotically, and exit the building, this might be a challenge. The reason is that these people do not have the drive required to help you improve the company the way you want. However, if you have an intrapreneur within your team, you can rest assured that you’ll have a consistent supply of ideas and thought processes. This will help you improve your business when required.

Depending on the department your intrapreneurial employee functions, you can expect to see innovations in your marketing efforts, production capacities, and so much more.

In Conclusion

Having said all this, it’s only normal that you want to get on this train and hire an intrapreneur. However, you should know that things aren’t exactly that simple. Some people are born with this gift of being endlessly impressive. Other people aren’t quite as lucky as that, but they do have a lot of potentials.

As the business owner, it is your responsibility to ensure that you bring out the potential in those you have. After all, you cannot fire everyone as you please in hopes of stumbling upon an intrapreneur. But, how do you build that intrapreneurial mindset in your workers, you might ask? Well, that would be a topic for another day.

However, if you’re very passionate about finding out the answers to that question in great detail, you should sign up for the upcoming Pervium Training.

 


We are willing to bet that you are not exactly where you were 5 or 10 years ago. You have grown, improved and become a much better version of yourself. Before delving fully into the possibility that you are not exploring the depths of your career potential, we would say that congratulations are in order. After all, not many people are able to reach the heights you have reached and conquer the challenges you’ve conquered.

But, have you ever stopped to consider that there is more for you out there? Have you ever stopped to consider that perhaps, you have not exactly tapped into all that you can be or do? If we were to take a wild guess, we would say yes. You have probably not fully explored your potentials and despite your achievements, you are probably only just scratching the surface. But, how exactly do you know for sure?

Here are the top signs that show you are not exploring the depths of your career potential:

1. You no longer have goals to focus on

Goals are the driving force behind achievements. You cannot go about exploring the depths of your potential if you are merely roaming around without goals, simply hoping for things to happen to you.

Of course, you might have a few wins here and there, and one or two things might work for you. But it is nothing compared to how far you can go when you are laser-focused on achieving a particular goal or set of goals.

If you find yourself going to work every day without a clear plan of what you want to achieve in the near or distant future, the chances are that you are not quite living to your potential yet.

2. You’re falling out with old friends

Growing up, you probably had conversations with your friends about who you wanted to become as an adult. As adults, some of your friends would have gone on to become experts in their chosen fields.

Now, if you have been exploring your potential and climbing higher on your career ladder, you will find yourself evolving with them. You would be able to attend their events, parties, functions, and everything else in between. When they get caught up in work and cannot immediately attend to you, you would not feel bad or jealous in any way because you understand from experience how demanding it can be to constantly seek self-improvement.

However, if you have opted for stagnation at any point, the likelihood is that you may not be in the same circles as your childhood friends any longer. You would feel a clear difference between your social status.

If you notice that this already happening to you, you may not be living up to your potential.

3. You spend a lot of time thinking about what could have been

You see, when something is not right with us, our brains and minds have several ways of letting us know.

If you were successfully smashing your goals as you set them and aiming for new ones, there would be nothing to think about besides what next to do and accomplish. If, however, the inverse is the case, you will likely find yourself sulking a lot about what you could have achieved at different points in time.

For some people, the thoughts could be mild, coming only now and then. For other people, they could be severe, leading to depression and what you might call a midlife crisis. Regardless, they are a sign that there’s something you could be doing that you aren’t. In other words, you are not exploring the depths of your career potential.

4. You constantly wonder if you have hit the final stage of your development

For starters, the easiest answer to that is probably a no. For every new level you attain, there’s always something new to learn, some new goal to achieve, or level to attain.

If you find yourself wondering if there’s anything else for you in your line of work, you might be underutilizing your potential. While it is okay to question if you have hit the final stage in your career, you must also be willing to answer those questions with a resounding NO!

5. You’re unhappy

Your company provides you with many benefits in your current position. This includes a nice car, an office with air conditioning and a view of the city, an assistant who calls you “sir/ma” and never questions your authority. All these would generally be things to make any executive proud.

However, if you find that your position no longer thrills you then there is the possibility that you want something more. If you want something more but are not getting it, you might be underutilizing your potentials.

How to Fix this

Get up!

Instead of simply feeling bad for yourself, get up and begin working better. Even if you do not have the training or skill required to improve immediately, acquire them! Speak to a mentor. Register for impactful training. Do whatever you can. Just refuse to be mediocre!


So, you were a high-flyer as an undergraduate, never settling for less, and eventually landed a great job after graduation. Promotion after promotion followed in quick successions and you find that you have peaked in your career.

You are now at a point in your career where you have ‘settled’. You are in your comfort zone. Now, some might say that that’s not exactly a bad thing. After all, when a person gets to a stage in their lives, they must take a breather, be content with their achievements and simply take life one step at a time. True as that may be, ‘settling’ does have negative implications.

You see, dear friend, there is so much that life still has to offer you as a professional and there’s no rule that states that you cannot keep gunning for more while still “taking life one step at a time.” It is all about finding the perfect balance.

If, however, you choose not to find that balance and only lean in the direction of settling in your career then you will have to deal with the following:

Resentment

Resentment always starts small. You may find yourself slightly discomfited by the side-appreciation you are getting at the company meeting in contrast to the major recognition your junior colleague is getting at the same function. Then, you will start to truly get bitter about it because, suddenly, everyone seems to only care about the things that the new guy is doing. Nobody remembers the six-figure sale you closed a couple of years ago. In fact, they hardly remember you anymore.

These thoughts and emotions will continue to pile up, making you a bitter and consistently angry person. What is worse is that these emotions will eventually prevent you from even being able to achieve anything. You become stuck in a vicious cycle of wanting more but not being able to get it.

Regret

It is hard to talk about everything wrong with settling in your career without talking about the big “R.”

Granted, you might not begin to resent other people who are constantly breaking new grounds in their career. Just maybe you will not care that they are getting more recognition than you.

However, even if you do not find yourself pained by the success of others, you may likely find yourself unsettled by your lack of success. Imagine going to work every single day, feeling down in the dumps because you know that you could be more, but you simply are not. Imagine knowing that that promotion could have been yours if only you had tried harder.

You see, regret is a horrible feeling that has the potential to cause significant damage to your mental health. Thankfully, it is avoidable. However, if you choose to settle in your current position, then it is something you will have to deal with sooner or later.

Untapped Potentials

Les Brown writes that the graveyard is probably the richest place on earth because it is filled with everything that humanity did not achieve. This is because people were afraid to go for their dreams or stick to what they had the potentials to excel at doing. Sad!

Thankfully, you still have an opportunity not to enrich the graveyard. But, if you decide to ‘settle’ you still stand the risk of not harnessing your untapped potentials.

You know as well as we do that there is much more to you than paying obeisance all day, every day until you retire. We both know that you have more to offer your company and the world at large if you could simply get up and try to do more.

Sadly, the instant you decide to simply settle, you are throwing away all that potential. It is tragic and heartbreaking in more ways than one.

Takeaway

The way out of all this is quite simple – get up! Get up and get right back to work. Refuse to be comfortable with the ordinary and boring. Instead, work towards being and becoming more. Even if you are a senior manager in your company, you could be more in different ways. Career Agility is not always vertical, it can be horizontal too.

Even if you do not know how to go about this, don’t fret! Every day, there are new resources organized for your benefit. They will groom you to take the professional bull by the horns and become all that you were made to be. An example is what we offer at Pervium Consulting.

So, ask yourself, “Why settle when there is so much more out there for me to conquer?”


If you are reading this article on the different ways to accelerate your professional development, it is safe to say that you are no longer a newbie in the corporate terrain. The chances are that you have been there for some time now and are reading this article so that you can figure out your next step.

In the corporate landscape, it is commonplace to see some executives decide to take the low road in their professional development. They engage in office politics; play the role of the loyal pet to their superiors; and do exactly what is required of them, and no more. These individuals believe that they are entitled to better opportunities simply because they have been “good boys.”

The truth, as you may imagine, is that these methods are grossly ineffective. You really cannot get too far if you do not become more intentional about your growth and begin working towards it. In this piece, we will give you different ways you can take your career through the roof.

1. Ask for more work

We get it. You already feel choked as it is. This is especially so with the pandemic and all the struggles that come with being a worker in these times. While some might think that sitting in front of your laptop all day might be a walk in the park, we know better, and we understand that working from home during this pandemic isn’t so easy. If you don’t believe us, consider this news piece based on research from Stanford University. It affirms the existence of “Zoom fatigue” and why we get it.

Now, while you might feel like you already have enough on your plate, the chances are that your superiors only consider it the normal amount of work. So, if you genuinely want to accelerate your professional development, it might be best for you to start asking for more work. Not just any work, though. You should ask for more challenging work.

If you are worried that your current tasks will affect your productivity and your ability to deliver, the solution is simple – ditch them! Speak to your superiors about the possibility of delegating your current tasks. Better yet, speak about having them hold off on other regular tasks to give you more challenging work.

Doing so will show that you are proactive and capable of handling more tasks when you do get a promotion or something of that sort.

2. Gun for more

Now and then, companies send out adverts for vacant job positions that need to be filled. Hundreds and thousands of people often apply for these positions, some with excellent resumes. As you well know, many of them get rejected. So, what separates those who make the cut and the people given the boot? It lies in one’s ability to convince the hiring manager that they can do what they claim. However, these companies simply don’t have enough ways to confirm that the new hires are truly capable of doing what they promise.

That’s where you come in. If you are taking our advice and will be asking for more work; your company will already have a solid idea of your capabilities. In addition to that, you would be in the perfect position to fill the vacancy because you understand the intricacies of the company and can function perfectly without supervision.

With all that being the case, an excellent way for you to accelerate your professional development is to shoot for more. Whenever you see a job listing from your company, do not shy away simply because they didn’t ask you personally to apply for the vacancy. If there is no rule prohibiting your application, go for it and make conscious efforts to prove your abilities to them.

3. Lend a hand more often

Believe it or not, your relationship with your colleagues plays a significant role in your career advancement goals. So, instead of keeping to yourself all the time, lend a hand to your colleagues when work is assigned.

It could be as simple as helping them collate data from surveys. It could also be as tedious as helping them conduct the surveys in the first place. In all honesty, the more complex tasks you can help with, the better.

The benefit of doing this is that it shows you to be a team player. This quality is something that many employers and bosses look for. If you show them without provocation by helping colleagues where necessary and important, you’ll be getting yourself prepared for bigger opportunities.

Besides that, lending a hand puts you in the good books of multiple people in your place of work. This means you will have people rooting for you behind closed doors when you are not there.

Finally, ask a mentor. This is our final piece of advice for you on how to accelerate your professional development. The best thing to do is to get valuable advice from someone who knows the ropes and can help you develop yourself so intensely that you become a gem in the corporate world.

If you do not have a mentor, it is perfectly understandable. A close alternative you can and should explore is training that will be as impactful as it is result-oriented. As soon as you can get your hands on this, you’ll be glad that you did.

 


Dear professional, over the last couple of years, you’ve had the privilege of being a part of the labour force. In your bid to stand out in your workplace, you have proven your value and you have been able to contribute to profitability and productivity in more ways than your CV can allow you to explain.

As a matter of fact, if you were to begin listing your achievements one after the other and your journey of personal growth, the audience might grow weary from sitting too long. Unfortunately, all these apply to millions of other employees across the globe. Even at your workplace, there are several others who have similar stories, experiences, and track records to share.

With the sheer number of competition you have, it’s normal not to stand out in your workplace. After all, what is left to offer if everyone else can match your skill and productivity level?

If you have these feelings, it’s our responsibility to stop you right there. Indeed, it is a bit of a challenge breaking new ground. However, with the right steps, efforts, and decisions in place, you can stand out in your workplace. Below, we will show you how.

Be reliable

These two words, as simple as they are, go a ridiculously long distance in ensuring that you are leaps and bounds ahead of your colleagues at work. It demonstrates your commitment to your bosses at work; it also shows that you are the type of person capable of handling different tasks.

Now, depending on your current circumstances, you might be inclined to believe that being reliable means consistently executing high-end tasks repeatedly with impeccable precision and accuracy. Well, that has some truth in it. But it is the definition of perfection, and humans have not quite attained that yet.

Regardless, there are still some little things you can aim for that would not necessarily cost you an arm and a leg but would achieve the same result. They are maintaining high levels of punctuality for meetings, shifts, appointments, and everything else in between. Even if you’re going to be late or absent, inform the appropriate person well ahead of time.

Keeping to your word on tasks assigned or volunteered for. Bear in mind that attaining reliability with this tip means that you must never bite more than you can chew. Only set reasonable and achievable tasks for yourself.

Staying in control of that which is within your jurisdiction. This could be as simple as keeping your work area tidy and clean. It would show your superiors that you’re as organized as they need you to when the time comes to handle larger tasks.

Be proactive

You see, at work, there are two essential types of employees. The first takes orders, does what s/he is told, and then gives updates if the line supervisor requests it. The second sees a task that needs to be completed. S/he gets approval to do the task or solve the problem if consent is necessary. Then gives timely reports as required on as many occasions as is reasonable.

The second set of people are always seen in a much better light by their bosses. Becoming proactive would set you so far apart from everyone else at work who simply wants to “get it over with” and be on their way. It demonstrates your passion, resourcefulness, and willingness to help the company grow.

If you want to stand out in your workplace, proactivity isn’t a mere option for you. It is a necessity.

Be independent… but great at working with teams

At this point, you might be a tad confused as to which one works best in achieving your goal of standing out. The answer is both. There really is not much else to it.

You should be able to perform tasks without supervision. So much so that even when a supervisor is assigned, they would find themselves asking about projects that you have completed or are on your way to completing already.

However, if all you wanted was to work alone, perhaps being a freelancer of some sort might’ve suited you more than joining the corporate world. Because if you are at work with other professionals, you will need to function as a team member at different points in time.

The key? Flexibility. Even if you can handle it all on your own, give your team members the opportunity to take care of tasks assigned to them. Your seamless shift from one end of the line to the other will make you stand out in your workplace.

Understand and respect company hierarchy

If you are to succeed in the corporate world, you must understand that the world doesn’t start and end with you. You could be the next Albert Einstein or Stephen Hawking. But, as long as someone is still a significant number of steps ahead of you in the business, you need to be as respectful as possible. Only by doing so would you be able to stand out and climb the corporate ladder.

Now, as an alternative, you could go directly against all the advice we’ve just given here. You could simply choose to be a maverick, doing whatever you want whenever you want with no regard for authority. It’ll stand you out for several reasons, including the fact that there aren’t often too many rebels in many societies.

However, as fun and attention-grabbing as being a nonconformist is, it doesn’t always help you get ahead. You’ll stand out in your workplace, but you’ll do so for all the wrong reasons.

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As a business person or an employee, the chances are that you’ve seen your fair share of office politics. This peculiar phenomenon can come in different forms. The reasons people engage in it range from the hope of using it to attain higher positions or simply the need to flex more professional muscles over their colleagues in a series of power plays.

In certain situations and by some strange stroke of luck, these politics might work. They could get you that promotion. They could help you become your boss’s or coworkers’ object of admiration. But, more often than not, they work at the expense of someone else or some other people. This places a question mark on whether these office politics are correct or not.

Besides, this is only one end of the stick. There are also several situations where office politics might not be the best idea to engage in, especially when you’re looking to make advancements in your career. If you have doubts, you should keep reading as we explore the counterproductive effects of office politics.

1. “Us” Versus “Them.”

If you’ve ever engaged in office politics before, the chances are that you want to get to higher positions in your career and within the office. We wouldn’t be so bold as to directly point to what you may or may not have done. However, we’ll take a wild guess and say that at different points in time, you might’ve tried to put yourself ahead of someone else in some strange form of office competition.

If this is the case, you cannot deny that it caused a rift between you and the other party. This is one of the significant downsides of office politics. It creates a division between you and the people you’re playing against. In the end, you’ll hardly be able to function with them appropriately. Getting assigned a task with them on your team would be the equivalent of putting oil in water.

When that happens, you’ll ultimately become significantly less productive and efficient at your job. This avoidable inefficiency caused by office politics becomes counterproductive in your efforts at climbing the career ladder.

2. Karma

More often than not, people at different workplaces want to be left alone to do their jobs and go back home quietly. Strange as it might sound, some aren’t particularly happy about their career or its trajectory. As such, they do not need any drama that comes with being at that place of work. So, they often mind their business go about their day steadily, hardly ever bothering anyone.

However, some of these types of people can quickly switch and become more manipulative/aggressive when it becomes evident that they’ve become the object of your office politics. Immediately they sense that you’re working against them in one way or the other, they too will begin looking for ways to get back at you. Sometimes, you might not suffer any consequences. But, other times, you would’ve met your match in these people, and they won’t stop until they’ve done more damage to you and your reputation than you could’ve done to theirs.

It’s simply a case of getting a taste of your own medicine. When that happens, you could lose everything from your chances at a promotion to the opportunity to impress your boss. This is one of the most prominent counterproductive effects of office politics, and you need to be especially aware of it.

3. Corruption

The English historian, Lord Acton, once said, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” We won’t pretend that office politics won’t get you anywhere. No, that’ll be self-deceit.

If you play your cards right, your office politics might get you just what you want. It’s only natural, and sometimes, the more questionable your schemes, the more likely they are to put you in your superior’s good books. But, when you get that power, there’s a considerable chance that it would get to your head.

You see, you might tell yourself now that you’re not that type of person. You might say that you’re not the type of man or woman who would begin to act or look down on others simply because of your position. However, many people say that just because they haven’t gotten to that position yet.

Power gotten through questionable means often corrupts, and if you get yours through shady office politics with very little sense of responsibility, you might fall victim to the same fate. In the end, the people you were meant to lead in the first place might become opposed to being led by you. You’d have a plethora of dissatisfied subordinates, and that’s never good for business.

All in all, you might have shot yourself in the leg.

The Alternative to Office Politics

Like we mentioned earlier, many people engage in office politics to get one or two rungs higher on the career ladder. The goal/motive is understandable, but the method is as inefficient as it is questionable. So, what do you do instead?

Put in the work. When the time arrives to solve tasks at work, do it with as much zest and passion as you can mutter. Your work will speak for you without you necessarily trying to pull down anyone else. But there’s only so much that pure grit can get you. So, when you feel a little stuck or a tad demotivated, consider getting a mentor. This person would act as your anchor. They’ll have gone ahead of you in their career and can show you the different areas you can improve yourself.

In that regard, our best recommendation at the moment is the Pervium Career Advancement Masterclass.

 


Throughout your life, you’ve probably heard several sermons on independence. People have probably indirectly deemphasized the importance of a mentor to your growth as a professional all your life.

In a way, you can’t blame them. The world we live in requires you to go hard and sometimes go alone if you must succeed. Depending on other people at every turn sometimes proves to be an ineffective way to get to the top, in your career or otherwise.

However, the same doesn’t apply to mentorship. You see, the importance of a mentor to your growth as a professional cannot be overstated. If you’re having doubts, allow us to show you:

  1. They reduce the learning curve

The learning curve is essentially the amount of time it’ll take you to learn something before you eventually become good enough at it. Learning by yourself is effective, but it is incredibly long.

We’re all inspired by the tale of the light bulb’s inventor, who failed several times before finally succeeding. But, if we were to ask him, we’re sure he’d have appreciated having someone by his side to save the time he spent trying to figure it out.

In the same vein, you’ll appreciate having a mentor because they’ve been there before. They can easily help you get past places you usually would get stuck in. So, instead of spending months or years at a role or position, you can be out of there even faster with a mentor.

  1. They help you avoid expensive mistakes

The entire purpose of a mentor is to gain insight into areas you haven’t trodden before. When you’re running a business, there’s the possibility that you’ll make certain decisions that aren’t so good for you.

Some of them might be easy to bounce back from with a bit of grit and determination. Others could potentially ruin your business or career. With the knowledge and information they have, a mentor could tell you when you’re going into these potholes and about to make these mistakes. This effectively saves you from many consequences ranging from embarrassment to loss of money, among many other things.

  1. They allow you to grow independently

A good mentor will never teach you in ways that’ll leave you entirely dependent on them for knowledge, insight, and decision making. Instead, they’ll steadily groom you to make critical decisions yourself and grow as a professional.

This will put you ahead of the competition in the industry. It’ll also help you think a little farther than your level and ultimately improve your earning capacity with demonstrable skills.

  1. They keep you going 

You’d be deceiving yourself severely if you assumed that being a professional or business owner wouldn’t come with any challenges. Of course, there’ll be ups. So much so that you might be inclined to feel like that’s all business is about. However, there’ll be downs, and when they come, they can be devastating.

Especially when issues involving your reputation are concerned, you might feel the undeniable urge to quit. In those moments, if you’re going alone, you might end up leaving and missing out on a potentially rewarding career. Even if you don’t quit, you’ll undoubtedly be less motivated than you used to be.

With a mentor, you can rest assured that you have a pillar to lean on when things are shaky or when you start neglecting to challenge yourself.

  1. They help ensure you remain productive

Occasionally, you’ll get lazy. It could come after a huge success where you start thinking that you’ve finally gotten all that you want. This can be pretty dangerous to you and your career.

An experienced mentor knows that you need to spoil yourself a little every now and then. However, they also know the danger of having that linger for too long. So, when appropriate, they’ll caution you and make you go back to work when you’re unable to set or obey those boundaries for yourself. Think of them as your voice of reason if you want to truly understand the importance of a mentor to your career.

In Conclusion

There are several things you stand to gain from an experienced mentor that’s invested in you. But, in reality, it isn’t very easy to get an excellent mentor who’s committed to your growth. In that case, you need to be on the lookout for those who are and establish a great relationship with them. Alternately, you could hop on a training with individuals and high-class professionals who are deeply invested in your development as a professional. If you’re wondering, there’s one at your doorstep right now – Pervium Training.


Before going fully into building an intrapreneurial culture, you should know that we spoke about intrapreneurship in one of our previous articles. There, we extensively explained who an intrapreneur is and how they contribute to the success of your business. 

To jog your memory a little bit, an intrapreneur is a person who essentially has an entrepreneurial mindset and works to improve your business like it is theirs. However, if you want more information, you might have to go back and take a quick look at what we spoke about before. 

That said, we concluded our article with a note stating that it’s your responsibility as a business owner to get these intrapreneurs into your company. However, it isn’t the same as looking for sand on the beach. These people aren’t widespread, and sometimes you need to build them yourself.

It will take a little dedication, commitment, and effort. However, if you apply a little elbow grease, you can get the intrapreneurial culture going in your company. 

Here’s how:

1. Identify those with potential

Different people are suited to different roles. Some are perfect being followers and doing as they’re told. In their defense, they often do the job excellently and deliver on schedule. But, they need to be told what to do. 

An intrapreneur, on the other hand, wouldn’t quite wait to be told what to do. These are the people you should look out for. Keep your eyes peeled for those workers who ask for clarity on performing tasks if things don’t go as planned. It’s an indication that they’re willing to go a little further than expected. Also, look out for proactive ones who don’t often hesitate to take on new tasks. These are the people who have potential in your company, and they should take the bulk of your efforts.

2. Empower your employees

There’s only so much an intrapreneur can do if they do not have the right tools, skills, or abilities to complete certain tasks. So, as much as you want to get intrapreneurs, you need to put structures in place to help them get their work done. 

To this end, you could provide your employees with state-of-the-art tools to get their jobs done. You could also register them for pieces of training to improve their chances of developing an intrapreneurial mindset and abilities. Whatever you do, don’t merely leave them stagnant.

3. Encourage a little risk-taking

The fear of risk stifles entrepreneurs. Considering the similarity between entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs, it only makes sense that the anxiety affects their work too.

You cannot keep threatening your staff with sack letters every time they try to do things differently. You cannot keep telling them they’ll bear the consequences of their actions if they don’t follow your procedures strictly and without fail. 

It’s your responsibility to allow a little room for them to explore their abilities. Of course, you should regulate this so that the growing/developing ones don’t harm your business. However, it would help if you let them take risks here and there.

Once they get comfortable with trying new things and challenging themselves, they’ll have no choice but to practice their newfound penchant for innovation with your company. When that happens, you’ll likely reap the rewards.

4. Give them time and space

Granted, you’re the boss. As such, you need to keep a close eye on whatever is going on within the company. This helps you to monitor progress and gives you a fair amount of satisfaction, knowing that things are going as they should. 

However, this can do more harm than good sometimes. You see, for people to come up with new ideas and develop an intrapreneurial culture, they need to have a little breathing space. So, as much as you can, give your workers all the time they need to complete projects and bring new ideas within the confines of reasons. 

Of course, you can’t allow them to slack off. But, you can help gear them up for intrapreneurship by giving them a little time and space.

5. Try positive reinforcement 

The carrot and stick method is an excellent way to get people to improve. When they do well, you give them the carrot (reward.) When they perform below standard, you give them the stick (fines, queries, etc.)

However, if the stick becomes too much, it could be counterproductive. Rather than try to develop new ideas, your employees will simply try to please you and play by the rules, so they don’t get punished instead of thinking about new ideas. 

So, try to reinforce them positively. When they come up with a new idea, applaud them. When they don’t execute things perfectly, don’t be so quick to come down in fire and brimstone. Instead, acknowledge the good parts of their efforts and help them get better.

Finally

Building an intrapreneurial culture in your company will take patience, hard work, dedication, and knowledge. In this article, we’ve covered a few things you can do to build that culture, but the topic is so broad, we could write an entire book about it. If you do want to learn, it’d be a great idea to get signed up for the Pervium Training.