Thanks for all the great questions from the readers of the book Acceleration – Changing the Speed of Growth. Given the overwhelming response there may be more intrapreneurs out there than previously reported.

Many of you indicated that you had never thought of yourself in terms of being an intrapreneur until you read the book. Our goal was to do just that – awaken the entrepreneur inside of you.

It was clear from your questions and comments that as intrapreneurs you don’t always feel like you fit in your organization. That isn’t unusual. Most intrapreneurs feel out of alignment with the rest of the organization.

Intrapreneurs see the world through a different lens. What they see others find difficult to envision. What they do is not always easy to comprehend. How they do it seems counter intuitive. Why they do it is often a mystery to their peers. What keeps them going is hard to fathom.

Intrapreneurs are in alignment with who they are, not what the organization wants them to be. They are true to themselves.

  • They see the world differently.
  • They think differently.
  • They act differently.
  • They make decisions differently.
  • They prefer a different kind of work environment.
  • They have different motivations and aspirations.
  • They see the world as it could be not as it is.

This sets intrapreneurs apart from others. It makes some people in the organization uncomfortable. Yet it is this differentiation that allows intrapreneurs to see opportunities, come up with creative solutions and find innovative ways to accelerate growth.

In their book Grow from Within, authors Wolcott and Lippitz state “Being an entrepreneur, independent or corporate, is a unique role, with demands and potential rewards that differ from business as usual.”

Intrapreneurs are consistently striving to achieve alignment with who they truly are. They are interested in reaching their full potential.

In doing so, they are bringing the very best of themselves to their organizations

 

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