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    1. Steps These Companies Took to Be Able to Produce Social Intrapreneurs From Their Ranks

      Steps These Companies Took to Be Able to Produce Social Intrapreneurs From Their Ranks

      These companies have thriving social intrapreneurship programs that we thought we would share through this article. It's published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review.

      There are some really interesting perspectives here that we thought our readers ought to know about. Here's one of the most thought-provoking ones:

      Internal stakeholder engagement both wins investment and assembles the capabilities to get an intrapreneurial venture off the ground. Staff associated with Pearson’s Tomorrow’s Markets Incubator, CEMEX’s Growing platform, and Barclays’ Social Innovation Facility all help their intrapreneurial colleagues reach and influence decision-makers within their own companies, and find ...

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    2. The Joy of Managing a Team of Intrapreneurs

      The Joy of Managing a Team of Intrapreneurs

      One intrapreneur is cool but how about an entire team of innovators? This fascinating piece from Thrive Global has some particularly 

      In this article, Ben Erwin, President at Charitybuzz, shares some important insights. Here's one of the more thought-provoking perspectives:

      As a manager, if you can harness intrapreneurs’ passion in the direction of your business goals, you end up with a team that is more effective both individually and together.

      It's an intriguing read so do give the rest of it a thorough looking over.

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    3. Get Your Innovative Ideas Funding Through The Les Margaret Award

      Get Your Innovative Ideas Funding Through The Les Margaret Award

      Thought our leaders would want the opportunity to read this interesting piece from African Brains. It's about the Les Margaret Award 2020.

      It's a contest for innovators, both entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs alike. Winners will get funding and massive media exposure for their ideas.

      If you're planning to join, here's a helpful excerpt:

      Intrapreneurs on the other hand must mainly demonstrate that they are developing new growth opportunities within their company based on agile and original methods. This category concerns employees of large and medium-sized companies who have developed a project in agreement with their employer while ...

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    4. The Rise of Burkini in Women's Fashion

      The Rise of Burkini in Women's Fashion

      Intrapreneurialism is about thinking outside the box from within the box. In this piece from GOOD, we learn about Nike's burkinis.

      It's a great read that shows how Nike is embracing its social equality ethos. Here's thought-provoking excerpt:

      Many Muslim women wear modest attire, yet their needs aren't always catered to when it comes to the world of athletics. The lack of swimwear options is such a problem that "a lot of Muslim girls never learn how to swim," Olympic medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad told the New Yorker. Now, Nike has launched a new modest swimwear line ...

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    5. The Government Can Use A Bit More of that Intrapreneurship Magic

      The Government Can Use A Bit More of that Intrapreneurship Magic

      Intrapreneurship can blossom from within the government offices too. Here's a shining example:

      Discouraged by levels of employee attrition at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Anthony Soriano and Michael Lawyer formed the “Under Five,” an employee group that supports a sense of community and champions changes favored by the workforce. For example, some employees were frustrated when the agency failed to support Google Chrome as a browser on its computers. The HUD team placed a voting poll on an existing (but rarely used) platform called “HUD Ideas in Action”; more than 100 employees voted within ...

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    6. An Environment of Gratitude Helps Buy-In

      An Environment of Gratitude Helps Buy-In

      Having innovative new ideas might be nice but having more people buy-in to it so much more important. In this piece from Gideon Kimbrell, we get to learn about how an atmosphere of gratitude can do just that.

      Here's a short excerpt:

      Leaders who adopt a mindset of gratitude might be taken aback by the results. We’ve seen quite a few benefits from consciously and proactively prioritizing appreciation for our people. For one, there’s less stress in the office when people feel valued. By fostering an environment of connectivity and belonging, people are less on edge -- even ...

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    7. How Microsoft is Embracing Intrapreneurship and Innovation

      How Microsoft is Embracing Intrapreneurship and Innovation

       In this 2016 article from Medium, we see how Microsoft is trying to capture the intrapreneurial spirit. In this interview, former General Manager for US Startups at Microsoft, Jim Brisimitzis shares some of his thoughts.

      Here's one that really got us to think:

      To truly embrace the entrepreneurial spirit in venture investments, you have to take a humble approach to identifying new innovations and market trends that you may not have spotted, or built into your products, services, and strategies yet.

       Take a look at the rest of this piece to learn more...

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    8. Cautious Intrapreneurship

      Cautious Intrapreneurship

      Let's take a dive into how intrapreneurialism can help you find purpose at work. Richard Eisenberg guides us through it with this fascinating piece published in Forbes.

      If you have an intrapreneurial endeavour, he suggests:

      Don’t take it immediately to your boss, unless you really know it’s a good idea. Organizations are rarely able to deal with ideas that carry uncertainty.

      So, think of all the possible uncertainties and rank them with the critical one on top. Then say to yourself: ‘What is an inexpensive experiment I could run to test that assumption?’

      That's just to ...

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    9. 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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    10. 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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    11. Nike Is About To Drop the Hottest Nurse Shoes

      Nike Is About To Drop the Hottest Nurse Shoes

      Think shoe trends are stuck in Jordans and running sneakers? Think again. Nike just designed shoes for some of society's most important endurance athletes - nurses. 

      This article from GOOD has talks all about it. Here's an excerpt: 

      Nurses may need more support from their shoes than NBA players. The average NBA player runs 2.5 miler per game, but according to Nike, the average nurse walks four to five miles and sits for less than an hour during a standard 12-hour shift.

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

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    12. 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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    13. 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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    14. 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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    15. 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.

      Have a look at the rest of ...

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    16. 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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    17. 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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    18. 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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    19. 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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    20. 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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    21. 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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    22. 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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    23. 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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    24. 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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