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Exploring the Intrapreneurial Way in Large Organizations

Posted by Paul Hobcraft on Jun 16, 2016 2:42:29 PM

Are we seeing a change in mentality within large organizations towards encouraging individuals to ‘break out and become more intrapreneurial within their part of the business?'

Is this tapping into the increasing desire to be part of creating something new, to grab back the engagement needed, that sense of identity and a growing sense of ownership?

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Topics: Intrapreneurship

The 5 Skills of The Innovator

Posted by Tim Woods on May 25, 2016 3:55:50 PM

Are innovator’s born differently? Do they have a special something which eludes the rest of us? Or, can innovative traits be studied, understood, and learned? In a study of 72 ‘known innovators’, and 310 executives, it transpired that the innovators consistently demonstrated 5 key skills more than the regular executives.

Surprisingly, four of the skills are physical ones, and only one is cognitive. Suggesting that you can take specific action yourself to create more chances of creating novel ideas, and that in terms of creativity, nurture rather than nature holds the cards. Discovery skills are what the authors call them, and they've been explained in detail in the book The Innovator's DNA - let’s take a look at each of them.

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Topics: Best Practice, Intrapreneurship

6 Steps To Pitching Your Startup

Posted by Jaspar Roos on Oct 15, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Pitching is a very essential skill that to a great extent determines the success of an entrepreneur. Reality is such that you might have the best business idea, but if you don’t manage to sell it (right), it will remain to be just an idea. Why so? Because pitching is a skill that not everybody has, but everyone can master.

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Topics: Intrapreneurship

Pitching: don’t play the game, play the player

Posted by Jaspar Roos on Jul 10, 2015 7:00:00 AM

Imagine this: They have finally called! Someone wants to hear your idea. Imagine, maybe even invest in it. Your mind starts creating exciting scenarios, wave of thrill and anticipation follows. At first, you cannot even believe your luck…after all, you came up with the idea while waiting for your pall Steve at that coffee place around the corner. 

Half an hour and a dozen phone calls to friends and family later, it hits you – you actually need to talk to people. It’s not just anyone, but potential stakeholders and investors. How’s your pitch?

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Topics: Intrapreneurship

Intrapreneurs, Catalysts, Champions, etc: The Changing Needs Within Innovation Development

Posted by Anthony Ferrier (CEO - Culturevate) on May 7, 2015 10:45:09 AM

In my latest articles I have focused on the changing perceptions of Intrapreneurs within corporate organizations. My first article focused on the frameworks used to define intrapreneurial activities and the second article reviewed the specific actions that can be used to engage and drive results from Intrapreneurs within a corporate context.

But a question is, why is this kind of activity suddenly such an area of focus?

I have been attending innovation-focused conferences for some time now. However, within the last 12 months or so I have seen an increased level of frustration around the direction and results that corporate innovation development programs are achieving. Now keep in mind, I am seeing that from the perspective of the innovation program leadership, which I know is being amplified at the Corporate and Business Unit leadership levels. Essentially this frustration is a result of a few things:

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Topics: Employee Engagement, Intrapreneurship

Activities To Support Your Employee Intrapreneurs

Posted by Anthony Ferrier (CEO - Culturevate) on May 6, 2015 7:00:00 AM

In my most recent article I talked about some different models and approaches that large organizations are taking to support intrapreneurs.

As I had outlined, there are a variety of flavors and styles of intrapreneur design and management for organizations to consider, but they generally share a consistent set of benefits, including:

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Topics: Employee Engagement, Intrapreneurship

Fueling Your Employees’ Entrepreneurial Spirit: A New Approach to Intrapreneurs and the Value They Create

Posted by Anthony Ferrier (CEO - Culturevate) on May 5, 2015 10:57:00 AM

Cast your mind back to pre-2008 times, when bright and bushy tailed graduates would come out of business school looking for roles in the relevant employers of choice. Generally those organizations were large businesses, providing incentives such as expensive dinners, a career advancement path and generous financial packages.

Well, a lot has changed since then, and one of the benefits generated from the great recession has been the explosion of entrepreneurial activity across all sectors of the economy. This is both a business and societal change, generating amazing wealth and turning successful entrepreneurs into the rock stars of their time. Talk to any business school graduate these days, and what they want is to actively utilize their new found skills to create value, in a supportive, fast moving culture with a broader positive societal impact. The stark reality is that they don’t see large organizations providing those opportunities.

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Topics: Employee Engagement, Change Management, Intrapreneurship

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