4IT Blog

4IT has been serving the Miami area since 2003, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

How to Turn Intrapreneurs Into a Goldmine of Good Ideas

How to Turn Intrapreneurs Into a Goldmine of Good Ideas

Entrepreneurs enjoy an almost mythical standing in the business world as visionary leaders risking everything on an idea that, if successful, pays off in a big way. Yet, few understand the role of the intrapreneur; those who have equally big ideas, but operate in the context of established companies. Your business likely has dynamic intrapreneurs in your midst, but how do you make sure their voices are heard?

Intrapreneurs are employees that have the ability to see beyond the task at hand. They see the big picture in correlation with the goals of the company and they’re inclined to come up with progressive ideas that will benefit the entire company, including your bottom line.

Tim Beerman, CTO at Ensono, provides CIO with a good profile of an intrapreneur that business owners will find valuable. “These are the employees who want to get their hands dirty and are often the first people to volunteer for a job. Intrapreneurs are not content with the status quo. They often see how things could be part of a bigger picture and come up with ideas to realize this new vision." With this description in mind, can you think of anybody in your office that has intrapreneural tendencies?

To assist you further with identifying intrapreneurs and understanding how valuable they can be for your company, consider the following:

  • Intrapreneurs motivate those around them, challenging others with a fresh perspective and honest feedback.
  • Intrapreneurs are loyal and always look for ways to instill positive change in their organization.
  • Intrapreneurs have the drive and skills necessary to be successful outside of your business, yet they choose to stay and use their skills to grow your company.
  • Intrapreneurs consistently challenge the current business model and invite disruption, motivated by wanting to see the company improve.
  • Intrapreneurs have the ability to spot inefficiencies in the workplace and they’re willing to introduce unconventional ideas and take risks in order to resolve issues.

Identifying intrapreneurs should be easy enough; they’re motivated, loyal, and think outside the box. The challenge then for business owners is what to do with them? It may also be a challenge for business owners to embrace such an employee and their ideas, instead of feeling threatened if they come up with a way of doing something that’s better than the way it’s always been done.

How can you take intrapreneurs seriously in such a way that encourages them to step up and share their ideas? It’s crucial that you have communication channels in place that allow for this. Otherwise, the employee’s “intrapreneurial spirit” will be crushed, they’ll see no value in speaking up, and they’ll either put in the minimal effort required to perform their job or move on to another company that values their ideas. Or, worse yet, the ignored intrapreneur will find the motivation needed to become an entrepreneur and start a new company that grows to become a major competitor of yours. Yikes!

When it comes to making sure that intrapreneurs have their voices heard and their good ideas implemented, IT professionals can be of assistance. Beerman explains, "An intrapreneur might see inefficiencies within his or her company's workflow, but may not necessarily have the experience to fully develop a solution. The IT department can then act as a partner to find the right recommendation. When intrapreneurs and IT teams are communicating regularly, there are more windows of opportunity for collaboration. Innovation and collaboration will eventually become business as usual, once initial bridges are crossed."

Implementing this kind of collaboration between intrapreneurs and your IT department may require a major shift in your company culture. Although, seeing how intrapreneurs have the potential to bring some substantial ideas to the table, it’s a change that you can’t afford to put off. To get started with implementing communication solutions for your office that ensures ideas flow freely and everybody on your team has a voice, call the IT professionals at 4IT today at 305-278-7100.

 

Comments

No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Guest
Friday, 20 October 2017
If you'd like to register, please fill in the username, password and name fields.

Mobile? Grab this Article!

Qr Code

Tag Cloud

security Tip of the Week Technology Cloud Best Practices Privacy Microsoft Business Computing Internet software Backup Hackers Hosted Solutions Productivity Business Management Managed Service Provider Google Malware IT Services Business Efficiency Windows Innovation Disaster Recovery IT Support Hardware Workplace Tips Business Continuity Saving Money VoIP Computer Upgrade Miscellaneous Virtualization User Tips Windows 10 Mobile Device Management Mobile Devices Data Server Network Security Mobile Computing Email Communication Network Save Money Microsoft Office Alert communications Quick Tips Mobile Office Smartphone Information Technology Social Media Smartphones BYOD Going Green Health Apps Small Business Android Office Operating System Chrome Browser Gadgets Outsourced IT Application Ransomware Tablet Firewall Productivity Avoiding Downtime Managed IT Services Disaster Risk Management Holiday The Internet of Things WiFi Remote Computing Managed IT Data Management Unified Threat Management IT Solutions Cybersecurity Spam Cybercrime Passwords BDR Telephone Systems Mobility Search Automation VPN History Hacking Remote Monitoring Best Practice Facebook Apple Hard Drives Saving Time Employer-Employee Relationship Vendor Management Budget Collaboration Wireless Technology Office Tips iPhone Customer Relationship Management Big Data Phishing Password Law Enforcement Hosted Solution Proactive IT Computers Marketing User Error Recovery Phone System Humor Money Administration Wearable Technology Current Events Maintenance PowerPoint Antivirus Virus Shortcut Printer Social USB Content Filtering Data Recovery Encryption Analytics Gmail Router Telephony Bring Your Own Device Office 365 Lithium-ion battery Data Backup Printer Server Laptop Computer Repair Data Security Wireless OneNote Unsupported Software Google Drive Trending Audit Cloud Computing Education HaaS Net Neutrality Save Time Business Intelligence Users Tech Support Windows 8 Outlook Social Engineering Work/Life Balance Government App Private Cloud Cost Management Intranet Point of Sale IT COnsultant Bandwidth Mouse Compliance Robot Computer Care Battery Efficency Two-factor Authentication Managing Stress Automobile SaaS End of Support Excel Internet Exlporer Social Networking Display Travel Internet of Things IT Support Augmented Reality Identity Theft Data Protection Update Solid State Drive Customer Service Flexibility Windows 10 Paperless Office Biometrics Retail Virtual Reality Vulnerability Fax Server Meetings Workplace Samsung Wi-Fi Streaming Media Emergency Instant Messaging Emails Uninterrupted Power Supply Applications Data Storage online currency Network Congestion HIPAA Entertainment Benefits Politics DDoS hacker Computer Accessories Help Desk Personal Information Transportation Experience Distributed Denial of Service Cast Nokia Keyboard Avoid Downtime Windows 10s Nanotechnology WIndows 7 ISP Music eWaste Inbound Marketing Hiring/Firing Tablets Hard Disk Drive Regulations Root Cause Analysis Data storage Blogging Programming Books HBO Value Smart Technology NFL Video Games best practices Cameras CrashOverride Website User Document Management Data Breach IT Management Advertising Science Word Legal Virtual Desktop data breach Presentation Settings Touchpad Best Available Hard Drive Mobile Device OneDrive Bluetooth Managed Security IT Technicians WIndows Server 2008 Amazon Scam Windows Ink risk management Co-managed IT Uograde Images SharePoint Patch Management Employer Employee Relationship Google Maps Sports Teamwork Commerce Operating Sysytem Ebay Worker Commute Regulation PDF Computing Busines Continuity Near Field Communication Scalability Networking Files Safety Sync Text Messaging IT consulting Wiring Data Loss How To Human Resources iOS Chromecast Running Cable Managed IT Service Information Upgrades Adobe Artificial Intelligence Managed IT Services Reliable Computing Debate Training Computer Fan Administrator Colocation Twitter Consultant The Blindside Of Licensing Bloatware Access Surge Protector Company Culture Black Market Dark Web Screen Mirroring Television Touchscreen IT Security 3D Printing Cleaning Branding Relocation Professional Services Gift Giving Storage IT service Domains Youtube Microblogging Taxes Sales Lifestyle Buisness Supercomputer Managed Service Provder Electronic Medical Records Webinar Software as a Service IT Budget Reputation Tutorial Google Docs Webinar Microsoft Excel Mobile IT solutions File Sharing Shadow IT