6 Drivers for Intrapreneurs and Innovation


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I am giving a workshop on intrapreneurship next week and as I am doing some research, I decided to update this post and ask for more input on the drivers for intrapreneurs – and innovation in general.

If you wonder what the term, intrapreneur, means the American Heritage Dictionary in 1992 acknowledged this as “a person within a large corporation who takes direct responsibility for turning an idea into a profitable finished product through assertive risk-taking and innovation.

Entrepreneurs are driven by passion, an urge to execute on their ideas and the chance to strike gold. Intrapreneurs do not have quite the same personal reasons for what they do. Yet they still have to be in an environment where they can bring on innovation that makes a difference.

So what drives intrapreneurs? Here you get six bullet points from me:

• Freedom to operate
• Recognition
• Time to reflect, time for personal development
• Encouragement and opportunity to learn from failure
• Intellectual challenges
• Money

This is meant to be a discussion starter. I already got some great responses when I originally posted this. What would you add?

Republished with author's permission from original post.

Stefan Lindegaard
Stefan is an author, speaker, facilitator and consultant focusing on open innovation, social media tools and intrapreneurship.


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