I’ve always been the type of person who feels the need to push the boundaries of innovation, especially when it comes to using technology to enhance whatever role I happen to be in at that particular time.
This is one reason I tend to get bored quickly with whatever position I’ve occupied a company, whether it was technical writing or instructional design. These are great fields in which to have a career, and they do allow for a degree of creativity, especially instructional design. However, that’s not enough for me.
I’ve come to realize that I have more of an intrapreneurial spirit.
What is an intrapreneur?
Investopedia.com defines it as “an inside entrepreneur, or an entrepreneur within a large firm, who uses entrepreneurial skills without incurring the risks associated with those activities.” Entrepreneurs create and lead new businesses, intrapreneurs create and lead new innovations, products, services, etc. inside a company.
This is so me! I love being assigned to special tasks or projects and develop them as if I was an entrepreneur. This is one of the reasons I’m embracing my new role leading research and development in the ed-tech company for which I work.
So What Does This Mean?
I get to use the company’s resources and capabilities to research and develop tools, and technological advances, then help turn them into a profitable solutions for the company. How cool is that? I feel as though I was made for this role!
Many times being an intrapreneur will provide you with greater job satisfaction. Think about it, you’re not only able to maximize the use of your creativity, but it generally means taking on the role of a leader. This allows you to actually make a meaningful impact in the company as well as build your credibility as an industry expert.
Is This An Option For You?
Being an intrapreneur could be the best option for you if you’re the type of person who continually feels the need to do something different. It’s a role that lets you embrace your passion for whatever it is that you want to do. For me, that’s education technology. For you it could be library science or marketing.
I get to use my natural curiosity and communications skills to satisfy my urge to do something different and control my own career. Plus, I can do it without worrying about making a huge career change.
Companies Need Intrapreneurs
We take the initiative and use our entrepreneurial spirit to help build the company’s competitive solutions through innovation and our out-of-the-box thinking.
This makes us some of the company’s most valuable employees, which can only improve our job security and hopefully improve our earnings potential.
What about you?
Are you bored or unsatisfied in your current role, but still like the company you’re working for? Do you feel there’s an opportunity for you to be an Intrapreneur within your company?
I’d love to read what you think about intrapreneurship.