Becoming an intrapreneur isn’t something people typically fall into. If you want it to happen, you’re going to have to get out there and make it happen. And to do that, you’ll need a plan.
Item number one on your list is to master your job. This is actually a two-parter.
First, become an expert in your current role. Second, you’ll need to hit certain milestones if you want to pull this off. The first one is being at your job long enough for you to learn your role and feel that you could teach everything you do to another person. You need to prove your worth and demonstrate that you can handle the responsibilities you were hired to do. You’ll also want to build in enough time on the job to make your boss look like a rock star and gain his trust before you venture outside your role. Otherwise, you’re going to have a really tough time getting him to buy into and support your ideas (and to support you in your desire to expand your role in the company). In my experience, it usually takes six months to get to this point. Of course, if you can do it in less time, great! But don’t rush things. It’s better to take a little more time than to try to make a move when you’re really not ready.
Are you full of ideas for change and innovation, but not sure how to turn them into actions and results?
Are you looking for ways to make your job more challenging, meaningful and fun?
Would you like to do work beyond your job description, but you don’t know where to find time for that?
The Intrapreneurs Challenge gets you started with executing your ideas for change or innovation within your company.