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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. Intrapreneurs Are Fueling the Fourth Industrial Revolution

      Intrapreneurs Are Fueling the Fourth Industrial Revolution

      Found this noteworthy article on the World Economic Forum called To Flourish in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, We Need to Rethink These 3 Things.

      In it, the founder of Kukura Capital, Munozovepi Gwata, shares some really thought-provoking ideas. Here's one of them:

      The Fourth Industrial Revolution requires that people become more entrepreneurial in their approach to employment, and this new spirit can be exercised indirectly by being an intrapreneur - an employee who works for someone else but embodies the entrepreneurial spirit of being innovative and seeking continuous improvement of the things around them - or directly as an entrepreneur.

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    11. How You Can Make a Difference in the Workplace Through Innovation

      How You Can Make a Difference in the Workplace Through Innovation

      Here's an article from way 2013 that deserves a revisit. It's called Top 10 Ways to Be Innovative In the Workplace from Leadernomics. 

      It shares some thought-provoking tips. This one, in particular, piqued our interest:

      Keep asking questions all the time – keep challenging your bosses and colleagues as well as yourself by questioning every part of your work. When you ask questions, you trigger people’s minds and force them to think about a particular problem. That way, they will be able to see what is really wrong with the issue and how they can change it.

       Give ...

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    12. The Importance of Innovating Quickly

      The Importance of Innovating Quickly

      Thought we’d share this fascinating article from the Duke Corporate Education website. It’s titled Today's Winning Companies Innovate Quickly.

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

      Speed. It may be the strongest advantage a company can have in our complex, ever-evolving world. Today, change isn’t linear or predictable, but rather exponential and volatile. Speed can be a matter of survival in a world where a company can fall irrevocably behind in just a few months.

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

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    13. Why There's No Reason to Look Beyond Your Own Company Roster for Innovators and Intrapreneurs

      Why There's No Reason to Look Beyond Your Own Company Roster for Innovators and Intrapreneurs

      This article from Harvard Business Review really piqued our curiosity. It's called Recognize Intrapreneurs Before They Leave.

      The authors, Vijay Govindaraja and Jatin Desai, shares some interesting ideas here. This one was particularly thought-provoking:

      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.”

      Check out the rest of this article from the website linked below…

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    14. Tips for Inspring Creative and Innovative Solutions From Your Employees

      Tips for Inspring Creative and Innovative Solutions From Your Employees

      Thought we’d share this fascinating article from Forbes. It’s titled Three Creativity Exercises to Spark Employee Innovation.

      In it, Cameron Conway offers some stimulating ideas. Here’s one that we thought was genuinely noteworthy:

      An organization’s inability to capture creative ideas that already exist is just one element to the innovation puzzle. Today’s business leaders must also reimagine innovation by taking its microelements seriously and finding new ways to empower and incentivize employees.

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

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    15. 8 Principles Intrapreneurial Companies Live By

      8 Principles Intrapreneurial Companies Live By

      This thought-provoking article from Your Story piqued our curiosity. The author calls it The 8 Principles of Intrapreneurship: How Large Comanies Can Become Innovative and Agile.

      It offers up some useful nuggets of wisdom. Here's a list of the principles they mention:

      1. Keep it frugal
      2. Make it permissionless
      3. Let customers lead
      4. Keep it fluid
      5. Maximize return on intelligence
      6. Create the commons
      7. Engage passion and purpose
      8. Add discipline and disruption

      Take a look at the rest of this remarkable piece of writing to get to know more about each principle more in-depth…

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    16. What to Do During The Crucial First 100 Days as an Intrapreneur

      What to Do During The Crucial First 100 Days as an Intrapreneur

      Stumbled upon this interesting piece from Forbes' Tony Holbrook. He titles it Four Priorities for Your First 100 Days as a Digital Intrapreneur

      It gives us some fascinating ideas. This one, in particular, piqued our curiosity:

      The first 100 days of a digital initiative or endeavor are foundational, and they set the tone for everything that comes after, so it’s vital that you choose the right areas to focus on. 

      Give the rest of this interesting article a read for more information and context.

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    17. Make Sure You Avoid These Mistakes Before You Try to Change Things Up in Your Compnay

      Make Sure You Avoid These Mistakes Before You Try to Change Things Up in Your Compnay

      Here's an interesting article from Forbes' Tendayi Viki. Its called Five Mistakes Intrapreneurs Make When Trying to Change Their Companies.

      It shares some eye-opening perspectives. This one's particularly thought-provoking:

      Most intrapreneurs have no credibility for driving any successful innovation inside their companies. So I recommend that they start small by working with early adopters on innovation projects. Only when they have some early wins and credibility within their company will they be able to influence leaders.

      For more insights like these, take a look at the rest of the article...

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    18. Intrapreneurship in the Social Sector

      Intrapreneurship in the Social Sector

      We found this powerful interview piece from The League of Intrapreneurs and thought that we would share it. It's called Creating New Pathways in Social Sector.

      Ryan Shepard of Care Atlanta Global Innovation Hub shares his interesting views here. This one really piqued our interest:

      One of the things I try to remind myself is that it’s not personal. When you bump up against people who maybe don’t like your idea or not able to see your vision, you have to be able to separate that from your self worth as well as separate from even their ...

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    19. Growing Intrapreneurs Organically from Within Your Own Company

      Growing Intrapreneurs Organically from Within Your Own Company

      Ever thought how you can go about and start growing intrapreneurs from within your company? Here's a fascinating article from Frobes Magazine Online aims to help you achieve that. It's called How to Enable Organic Intrapreneurship.

      It shares some interesting insights. Here's a list that could help you:

      1. Provide a purpose
      2. Have processes to shepherd ideas upward and identify when support is needed.
      3. Enable employees to 'think like owners.'
      4. Be open to new ideas.

      Take a look at the rest of this article for a more in-depth explanation of each one.

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    20. Why Change Management is Important

      Why Change Management is Important

      Tech is disrupting many different industries in a huge way.  Here's an article that we thought we'd share to help businesses cope with the fast changes that it induces. It's called Change Management is the Key to Digital Strategy.

      It shares some interesting insights. Here's one that's thought-provoking:

      This transformation may include introducing new tech – because there is more of it and it’s cheaper – but the tech on its own, without the underlying changes to business processes, and change management, is going to fail.

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    21. How to Make Great First Impression

      How to Make Great First Impression

      Being an intrapreneur starts from day 1. We thought that this article from Entrepreneur would help in establishing this coveted role. It's called How to Make an Impact at Your New Job.

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

      When starting a new job, it might sound logical that your manager or colleagues would show you the ropes and explain everything, but it's important to understand and adapt to as much as you can on your own. And fast. Take this seriously. No one at a busy company has too much time for ...

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    22. A Quick and Easy Activity That You Can Do to Inspire Innovation in Your Teams

      A Quick and Easy Activity That You Can Do to Inspire Innovation in Your Teams

      Here's a fascinating article from the Harvard Business Review. It's called A Brief Exercise to Spur Innovation on Your Team.

      It shares an insightful activity including three questions that innovative teams should be asked. Here they are:

      1. “What is the existing practice/the recipe for success/the way we’ve always done it at our organization?”
      2. “What market shifts, external forces, or technologies might threaten the elements of our operational status quo?”
      3. “What can we do about these impending disruptions you’ve uncovered?”

      Give the rest of the article a read if you want a more in-depth experience ...

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    23. A Successful Intrapreneur's Tips to Those Who Want to Follow Her Intrapreneurial Path

      A Successful Intrapreneur's Tips to Those Who Want to Follow Her Intrapreneurial Path

      Thought we’d share this fascinating article from Forbes. It’s titled 6 Lessons from a Successful Intrapreneur's Career - From GE to Ingersoll Rand.

      It offers some thought-provoking perspectives. Here’s one that we thought was interesting:

      It’s important to have bosses who support your unique creative process, who trust your inquisitiveness and see the value in them.  Good managers for intrapreneurs realize that it’s these intrapreneurs who will more easily be able to imagine future scenarios and anticipate what Hasaneen referred to as “customers’ latent needs,” that is, needs they might not realize they have yet ...

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    24. Startup Mentality From Within a Large Company

      Startup Mentality From Within a Large Company

      Ever wondered what intrapreneurial cells are? Here's a fascinating article from the Live Mint that might help you understand it better. It's called Why There's a Startup Inside a Big Business.

      It shares some intriguing insights. This one from Maersk's Gowri Shankar Paramasivam is particularly thought-provoking:

      The programme liberates the thought process of employees who have the potential to do more and bring in actual change and develop new products for the company, without burning a hole through their pocket

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

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