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    1. Defining the Intrapreneurial Leadership Style

      Defining the Intrapreneurial Leadership Style

      This blog called Mastermind Century Group has some really interesting things to say in this post. The title is Innovation and The Intrapreneur? NeoDeMarconian Thoughts.

      In it, the author shares some perceptive insights on how it is to carry out intrapreneurial workHere’s one that’s particularly thought-provoking: 

      As a leader, we cannot plan innovation so we can’t create a formal, structured plan describing exactly what results we expect.  This makes innovation in a large bureaucracy extremely difficult.  We have to allow for the serendipity and flexibility that make intrapreneuring work—and that includes time to think.

      Have ...

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    2. Intrapreneurialism in Film

      Intrapreneurialism in Film

      Came across this fascinating article from the ABC.net. It's called Jojo Rabbit Director Taika Waititi on Making a Satire About Nazi Germany.

      In it, Lachlan Brown shares some fascinating insights about this intrapreneurial director's project. Here’s one that’s particularly thought-provoking:

      The Indie Wire called it a "calculated risk regardless of outcome", while The Hollywood Reporter said the "brash way in which the film plays extreme Nazi views for laughs and then twists them for emotional dividends will once again divide the public".

      Have a look at the rest of the article to learn about this ...

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    3. If You're Trying to Make Ambitious Changes Within Your Company, It's Best to Get Things Done Quickly

      If You're Trying to Make Ambitious Changes Within Your Company, It's Best to Get Things Done Quickly

      Forbes contributor Tendayi Viki shares some really fascinating points of view in this article. It's called How Intrapreneurs Can Build Credibility Within Their Company.

      He shares some really perceptive insights here. This one's particularly thought-provoking:

      As much as we treat our companies as if they are mechanical structures and process, they are organic living things. Companies are ultimately made up of the people that work there and the decisions those people make. Believe it or not, these people will not automatically bend to your will. They will respond to your interventions in unexpected ways. 

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    4. The Intrapreneur Who Gave Birth to the PlayStation

      The Intrapreneur Who Gave Birth to the PlayStation

      Discovered this interesting piece by Matt Leone from the tech website, Polygon. It really piqued our interest. It's called The Legacy of Playstation Creator Ken Kutaragi, in 24 Stories.

      It shares some intriguing stories of the notorious intrarpeneur. Here’s one of them from his old boss at Sony, Shigeo Murayama:

      My job was simple. Kutaragi was an aggressive individual that would butt heads with various department heads. My job was to go mend those arguments. I felt that my role was to make sure that he was comfortable and to build an environment where he could get his ...

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    5. What Does Improv Have to Do With Workplace Innovation?

      What Does Improv Have to Do With Workplace Innovation?

      We think Stanford University lecturer, Dan Klein is on to something in this fascinating article. It’s titled The 'Yes, And' Game - And Other Improv Techniques That Can Help You at Work written by Anna Kelsey-Sugg and Maria Tickle.

      In it, Mr Klein offers some stimulating ideas. Here’s one that we thought was genuinely noteworthy in which he talks about the 'Yes, And' game:

      One of the things we train in improv is that any idea is good enough to start. The real game is what you do with the idea afterwards.

      There are other important ideas here so ...

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    6. An Intrapreneur's Guidebook That Might Be Worth Your While

      An Intrapreneur's Guidebook That Might Be Worth Your While

      Here's a compelling article from the Innovation Excellence website. It's a piece about the new book, The Intrapreneur's Factory.

      In it, Nicolas Bry shares with us about this interesting new guidebook. Here’s one that’s particularly thought-provoking:

      The rhythm of intrapreneurs’ project is different from that of the corporation: it’s a creative tension that disrupts the corporate culture. Lean, flexible, and fast incubation sees, in a few months, a consistent and cohesive team test, learn, iterate, and pass the gates toward product/market fit, efficiency, and reliable scaling.

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    7. Traditional Companies are Designed To Stifle Innovation

      Traditional Companies are Designed To Stifle Innovation

      Came across this fascinating 2015 piece from the author Paul Kurchina. It's published in Digitalist Magazine and titled Intrapreneurship: From Out-of-the-Box Thinking To Strategic Opportunity.

      It's just as applicable today as it was the day it was written. He makes some fascinating points in it. This one was particularly thought-provoking:

      This kind of fluid, nonchalant attitude towards organic innovation can be dangerous in this increasingly ever-evolving market. They become too comfortable and lose touch what’s happening within the company, in the marketplace, or among their customers. It’s why so many of the Fortune 500 have fallen ...

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    8. How to Develop Intrapreneurialism Within Yourself

      How to Develop Intrapreneurialism Within Yourself

      Blueshore Financial's president and CEO, Chris Catliff really caught our attention with this piece and thought that we would share it. He calls it How to Develop Your Inner Intrapreneur.

      In it, he gives us though-provoking advice and ideas on what it takes to really advocate for change within the framework of your organization. Here's one of them:

      Intrapreneurs with new ideas require determination. At first your ideas will promptly be ignored, then your keen persistence will surely be questioned, but if you manage to wangle resources be prepared for opposition, often fiercely, before your idea finally takes ...

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    9. Creating an Environment Where Innovation Efforts Don't Go to Waste

      Creating an Environment Where Innovation Efforts Don't Go to Waste

      Thought we’d share this fascinating article from Business Insider UK. It’s titled 77% of Internal-Innovation Efforts Fail. Here's a 4-step Checklist for Ensuring That Doesn't Happen to Your Company.

      It offers some stimulating ideas. Here’s one that we thought was genuinely noteworthy:

      You've got to have some metrics that start to build a culture and the capabilities of intrapreneurship, but eventually you also have to draw a line in the sand and get clear about how long you are willing to experiment on this.

      To find out more about these ideas, look into the ...

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    10. Quieting the Ego for Managing Your Intrapreneurial Team

      Quieting the Ego for Managing Your Intrapreneurial Team

      Here's a compelling article from the Young Upstarts. It's called How to Quiet the Ego And Lead With Humility.

      In it, Quint Studer shares some of his interesting observations. Here’s one that’s particularly thought-provoking:

      Never ask your team to do anything you aren’t willing to do, or expect them to keep standards you yourself aren’t able or willing to keep. Humility means knowing everyone stands on level ground. Leaders don’t try to present themselves as “special” or “different.”

      Have a look at the complete article for more of the author’s observations.

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    11. How Collaborative Leadership Can Help Get More Things Done for a Millennial Workplace

      How Collaborative Leadership Can Help Get More Things Done for a Millennial Workplace

      Stumbled upon this noteworthy piece from the blog pages of Virgin. It's part of the Future of Work Series and we thought that we'd share it.

      It offers us some fascinating insights into how the workplace is being shaped. This one was particularly thought-provoking:

      Millennials are far more likely to move between jobs and sectors as they develop their career, and they’ll expect their leaders to have the same breadth of experience. The journey from shop floor to CEO isn’t as relevant for tomorrow’s workforce.

      Give the rest of this remarkable piece of writing a ...

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    12. How to Slowly Transition Into Intrapreneurship

      How to Slowly Transition Into Intrapreneurship

      This article from The Future Shapers piqued our interest. The author calls it The Naked Intrapreneur 2 Leading Intrapreneurship.

      It offers us some fascinating nuggets of wisdom. This one was particularly thought-provoking:

      The impressive leaders that I have had the pleasure to work with know that they are not the teachers but instead they are the students. They are confident enough in their own abilities to allow colleagues to show them a better way of achieving a job. They are humble enough to break out of the prison walls of their own minds by genuinely attempting to understand how others ...

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    13. How to Get to an Intrapreneur's Mindset

      How to Get to an Intrapreneur's Mindset

      Discovered this interesting piece from The Muse and it really piqued our interest. It’s called 10 Ways to Be More Innovative at Work Every Single Day - No Matter How Boring Your Job Title.

      It shares some interesting tips that can help intrapreneurs innovate. Here’s one of them:

      Innovation rarely happens in a vacuum. Pick a colleague you feel comfortable with with and make yourselves accountable to each other. Encourage him or her to keep trying new things, whether it’s trying a new place for lunch, pitching an idea in an unorthodox manner, sharing articles that inspire, or ...

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    14. Intrapreneur Habits To Cultivate

      Intrapreneur Habits To Cultivate

      Discovered this interesting piece from Disruption Hub and it really intrigued us. It’s called The 5 Habits of a Corporate Intrapreneur.

      It shares some fascinating points. Here’s one of them:

      There will be resistance within the organisation. It’s not a sign that you’re doing it wrong or that people aren’t appreciative. It’s human nature that people will wonder what changes mean, and what will happen to their role. If you understand that, you don’t burn out or become frustrated.

      If you want more of the what the piece has to say, give the ...

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    15. Tools That Intrapreneurs Must Possess Before They Begin Their Path to Innovation

      Tools That Intrapreneurs Must Possess Before They Begin Their Path to Innovation

      This article from Board of Innovation piqued our curiosity. The author calls it The Perfect Intrapreneur: A Skillset. 

      It makes some interesting points. This one was particularly thought-provoking: 

      Since a corporate startup requires full-time engagement, an intrapreneur can’t combine this with his current role. Therefore his / her schedule should be completely cleared. To achieve this, the intrapreneur agrees to leave his role while the company finds a replacement for the tasks to be done. Our experience has shown us that this is a very difficult step. Intrapreneurs are mostly people who put their shoulders under several (important) projects, this ...

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    16. What You Need to Know About Innovation

      What You Need to Know About Innovation

      Thought we’d share this fascinating article from the Stanford Social Innovation Review. It’s called A Guide for Intrapreneurs.

      In it, the author of Driving Innovation from Within, Kaihan Krippendorff offers some interesting perspectives on intrapreneurialism. Here’s one that we thought was genuinely noteworthy:

      Among the many advantages of innovation from within a company is the reciprocal relationship to scale. Being an innovator working from within an established organization can enable you to scale more quickly. And growing in scale makes more innovation possible.

      To find out more about these ideas, look into the rest of this insightful ...

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    17. The Difficult Conundrum That Intrapreneurs Have to Face

      The Difficult Conundrum That Intrapreneurs Have to Face

      Stumbled upon this noteworthy Medium article from Joshua Kubicki and thought that we would share it. It's called The Intrapreneur's Dilemma.

      It offers us some fascinating perspectives on intrapreneurship. This one was particularly thought-provoking:

      After the tremendous success of our new business model inside the company and the industry, our corporate leadership began to embrace the value we were bringing and so wanted to extend control over our team and activities. This could have been a powerful amplifier to our efforts but due to the nature of most corporate environments, including this one, it was instead a stifling ...

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    18. The Sociology of a Thriving and Innovative Large Company

      The Sociology of a Thriving and Innovative Large Company

      This article from Ed Silverman piqued our curiosity. The author calls it The Sociology of Innovation at a Large Corporation.

      It offers up some fascinating nuggets of wisdom. This one was particularly interesting:

      We can think of the innovation process as having three major phases: creativity, prototype design and testing, and diffusion to adopters. Previous case studies on advanced materials at Northrop Grumman provide strong evidence of the influences of organizational arrangements and an effective social enterprise in developing and advancing game-changing technologies throughout these phases. In addition, champions (such as creative scientists, entrepreneurial project managers, executive sponsors and end-user ...

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    19. The Many Different Definitions of Innovation

      The Many Different Definitions of Innovation

      Here's a fascinating article from the blog, Idea to Value. It's called What is Innovation? 15 Experts Share Their Innovation Definition. It's from all the way back to 2016 but it still offers some highly thought-provoking insights.

      In it, we hear from 15 intrapreneurs share their perspectives. Here’s one from the professor of management, David Burkus that’s particularly interesting:

      Innovation is bigger than a product or a technological platform. And in truth, it’s the innovations to organizations and management that precede product or technology innovation anyway. Great leaders don’t innovate the product; they ...

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    20. Skills You'll Need if You Want to Position Yourself as an Intrapreneur

      Skills You'll Need if You Want to Position Yourself as an Intrapreneur

      Thought we’d share this fascinating article from Forbes. It was published all the way back in 2011 but it's still pretty useful today.

      This piece, titled The Skills Necessary To be a Successful Intrapreneur offers some stimulating ideas. Here’s one that we thought was genuinely noteworthy:

      Because bringing innovative ideas to market within large companies often requires the knowledge and skills of employees from many different departments, intrapreneurs also need advanced skills in diplomacy and the ability to drive multi-disciplinary teamwork.

      To find out more about these ideas, look into the rest of this insightful piece.

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    21. Why Intrapreneurship Works in the Modern Workplace

      Why Intrapreneurship Works in the Modern Workplace

      Thought we’d share this fascinating article from the CEO World Magazine. It’s titled The Intrapreneurship Evolution: 4 Reasons Why Entrepreneurship Culture Transforms The Corporate Narrative.

      It offers some stimulating ideas. Here’s one that we thought was genuinely noteworthy:

      Contrary to conventional wisdom, building an environment of empowerment is a two-way synergy between employee and employer. As is the case with setting the tone for overall company culture, CEOs and executive management support is vital to encourage and reward intrapreneurial behavior in word and action. This support does not only pertain to senior level executives, but managers at ...

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    22. Taking a Cue from the Military on How to Hone Innovators in Industry

      Taking a Cue from the Military on How to Hone Innovators in Industry

      Came across this fascinating piece from Harvard Business Review and it really piqued our interest. It’s titled How Companies Can Develop Critical Thinkers and Creative Leaders.

      It shares some intriguing points. Here’s one of them:

      In order to have people wrestle with what it takes to conceive of action plans where the aforementioned criteria constitute their only boundaries, the military structures its experiential training activities with wide parameters. Events are constructed to reflect ambiguity in the operating environment (while also targeting specific organization needs). Leaders are responsible for setting the conditions in every training event and resourcing them ...

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    23. How This Tech Intrapreneur Used Her Expertise to Get Drug and Alcohol Addicts the Help They Need

      How This Tech Intrapreneur Used Her Expertise to Get Drug and Alcohol Addicts the Help They Need

      Thought we’d share this awesome article from the Thrive Global. It’s titled Why Daniela Tudor Luzi Created an App to Support People in Recovery from Drug and Alcohol Addiction.

      In it, the social intrapreneur offers some really stimulating ideas. Here’s one that we thought was genuinely noteworthy especially for budding intrapreneurs:

      There’s only 1 thing, not 5 that I wish someone had told me when I started my mission and that is to not be so hard on myself. The path to success is not linear but it happens the way it is supposed to. When ...

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    24. Lessons from Lego's Intrapreneur-in-Residence

      Lessons from Lego's Intrapreneur-in-Residence

      Came across this fascinating piece from Sifted and it really piqued our interest. It’s titled 7 Ideas You Can Steal from Lego's Intrapreneur in Residence.

      It shares some intriguing points. Here’s one of them:

      Be a “diplomatic rebel”. You have to accept the idea that people will initially hate your new idea. They will find it threatening or too much work and you will have to make a big effort to bring them round. Use all those soft skills to build goodwill — praise people, acknowledge their help, give people a chance to shine.

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