"Our company is trying to have its employees act more entrepreneurial in the way they do business. How can I be more entrepreneurial in my organization?"
Every company has started with an entrepreneurial spirit, but success and size dampen that mode of thinking and operation. Why? Entrepreneurs are risk takers and the more successful a company becomes, usually the less risk they are willing to take.
Make sure when your company states they want the employees to be more entrepreneurial, that they are willing to give them the freedom to take risk.
There are many factors that go into being an “effective”entrepreneur, and here are a few that I recommend you consider;
Know your customer and what they need: Every employee in a company has a customer that needs something from them. They may be an internal department, or a buyer of your product or service. You should be focused on creating a successful trusting relationship with that customer and never stop until you have exceeded their expectations.
You must be self-motivated: Once you know the direction you are headed, you should be self-motivated enough to accomplish your task with minimal instruction from others. If you need more resources, get them. If you know a short cut to the end result, take it. If you can create a new process to help the company, develop it. If there is someone that needs your expertise, offer it. Never stop looking for ways to improve the company’s bottom line, even if you are not directly in charge of costs or revenues.
Be driven to accomplish your goal: By driven I mean you have to be passionate and tenacious at the same time. You’re not going to let a set-back deter you from accomplishing you mission. If you don’t think about your objective until you arrive at work in the morning or anytime after leaving the office, then you are not driven. A balanced life style is important, but most entrepreneurs will tell you they are a little out of balance on the side of achieving success at their goal or vision.
Be ethical and show integrity: In everything you do, you want others to know you mean what you say and you will always make decisions that are in the best interest of the company, the employees and customers.
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