by Rachel Vilsack
I just read a new study on the employment traits for various generations of workers (Gen-Y, Gen-X and Baby Boomers) which mentioned each generation’s ability to have resources, support, and freedom to become an intrapreneur. Wait a minute. Not entrepreneur? What’s an intrapreneur?
According to an infographic associated with the study, an intrapreneur is “…a person within a large corporation who takes direct responsibility for turning an idea into a profitable finished product.” In essence, it’s an entrepreneur who wants to work from inside a business.
Characteristics of intrapreneurs include:
- People who want to invent, innovate, and be change-makers.
- People who pursue bold ideas to advance their company.
- People who engage in a product invention that changes the way business is done. (One example is a famous Minnesota product, the Post-It® note.)
- People who have a dream and are visionary leaders.
Working as an intrapreneur in a corporate environment may have its downside. Good intrapreneurs should be systematic, manage expectations, and explain the “why” behind their ideas.
Are you an intrapreneur?