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Recognize Intrapreneurs Before They Leave

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Govindarajan-Jatindesai 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. An "innovation engine" is an organization's capability to think and invest in long-term opportunities along with the competence to drive continuous innovations for top-line growth each year.

To build your innovation engine, your firm must excel at operationalizing ideas from your energized people who are willing to do everything they can to fight off internal resistance without creating chaos. This is your bench of corporate innovators: your intrapreneurs.

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.

Intrapreneurs can transform an organization more quickly and effectively than others because they are self‐motivated free thinkers, masters at navigating around bureaucratic and political inertia.

In a firm with 5,000 employees, we've found, there are at least 250 natural innovators; of these at least 25 are great intrapreneurs who can build the next business for your firm.

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Smart article. I interviewed the CEO, Chairman and President of conEd a few years back. His #1 message to upcoming leaders was to recognize and celebrate your successes, and the people who enabled them, or you won't even know that you've had these successes and these leaders until it may be too late. I asked him; Does this rule follow you home as well?" He replied; "Unfortunately --- NO1" and it should he continued.

posted @ Monday, September 23, 2013 8:10 AM by Bob Becker

Thanks Bob. Excellent story.

posted @ Monday, September 23, 2013 11:18 AM by Jatin


posted @ Monday, September 23, 2013 7:05 PM by Gavin

Great article's begining. I can't read more... could you help me to download the rest? :) 
Thank you very much

posted @ Tuesday, September 24, 2013 3:13 PM by Anna Sanchez

Please read a study done on the failure of "intrapeneurs" (I am one of them!) to survive in a corporate environment. We have known about this for many years but organizations are not willing to pro-actively use and appreciate different social and problem solving styles. Those that don't fit, leave either voluntarily or involuntarily, go to startups or start consulting businesses where an outside/different view is appreciated and paid for.  
Here is the link:

posted @ Tuesday, September 24, 2013 8:45 PM by Jack Hipple

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