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Recognize Intrapreneurs

Ruta Danyte

"Any CEO can tell you that finding ideas is not the always the problem. The real issue is selecting and spreading the best ideas, testing quickly, and executing flawlessly..."

"You already have natural intrapreneurs in your company. Some you know about, but most are hiding. These individuals are not always your top talent or the obvious rebels or mavericks. But they are unique and certainly the opposite of “organization men.” When you find them and support them correctly, and magic will occur...."

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  • Ben Goldhirsh

    Ruta, thanks. I agree entirely. Just read your site. Have you found these intrapreneurs to be the folks you work with when teaming up with businesses? We've found the same in partnership efforts here and that awareness has led to greater focus in how we navigate such pursuits, as well as more fun and better truer outcomes. Anyhow, thanks. This, along with your earlier post around holacracy is super helpful.

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    Really interesting to see how companies pivoted- and that it's bec these founders were intrapreneurs in a way. I love this point: "They are not sitting around waiting for the world to change; they’re figuring out which part of the world is about to change, and they will arrive just in time to leverage their new insights. Learning is like oxygen to them." I loved the way they pose suggestions on how to build a bench of intrapreneurs too: "You can begin a senior-level conversation about intrapreneurship by addressing the following important questions about building a bench of intrapreneurs:

    What is your organization’s definition of a corporate intrapreneur?
    How does one become a successful intrapreneur?
    How can you find intrapreneurs within and outside your company?
    What are methods and tactics to develop intrapreneurs and intrapreneurial teams? How can your organization implement them to nurture your intrapreneurs?"