4 Ways to Become an ‘Intrapreneur’ in the Workplace

When I think of one of the major modern workplace trends regardless of industry, I think of intrapreneurs. Haven’t heard of them? They’re essentially entrepreneurs in the corporate environment who are specifically there to take risks and trigger innovations.

These days, intrapreneurial characteristics are in high demand. The world is getting faster, and corporations need people who have very specific skill sets. What differentiates intraprenreneurs is that they are uniquely able to anticipate and respond to change.

Here are four ways you can put yourself on the fast-track to success by becoming more intrapreneurial in the workplace:

1. Challenge the status quo.

Intrapreneurs don’t look at policies, programs, and processes as if they’re complete and unchangeable. For the intrapreneur, there’s always ways to make things faster, better, or cheaper. They are the project managers who are able to take a single vision and turn it into something real that can benefit the organization.

2. Don’t let yourself get held back by knowledge or experience you don’t think you have.

We’ve all felt anxiety when we’ve faced a new project that we don’t think we’re qualified to complete. Maybe we don’t have the education, or our experience in that area isn’t as great as it could be, but the bottom line is that we feel like we can’t do it. Intrapreneurs are people who rarely allow themselves to say ‘it can’t be done’. They’re eager to take on new challenges because they know it’ll be an exciting opportunity to learn about new ways to do things.

3. Be enterprising.

A key characteristic of intrapreneurs is that they’re resourceful – they’re able to find creative ways to get a project done efficiently while minimizing costs. A lot of the times, this requires doing something that the company has never done before. My top tip: if it’s a large-scale project, build some case studies about what other organizations in your industry have done in similar situations. When you present it to your managers, highlight the parts of their strategies that could have been done better. This will slowly ease them into the idea that your new idea is the way to go in order to stay ahead of the competition.

4. Be an independent worker.

Intrapreneurs are the people who you give a project to and let them run with it. They don’t do well under heavy supervision because it stifles their creativity. If you think you’re not as independent as you could be in the workplace, talk to your manager about cultivating this skill. Suggest some projects that you would be eager to work on to show your proactivity.

Do you have any stories about intrapreneurship in your workplace? Can you think of any other characteristics that intrapreneurs should have? Let me know in the comments section!

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