When we hear the word ‘entrepreneur’ we tend to think of the individual who has broken free from the constraints of a ‘job’ and been successful in creating their own enterprise.
In order to do that it usually takes a good idea, motivation, marketing and management skills, money, risk taking, and a posse of supporters. Many wind up just creating a job for themselves, others fail because they lack some of the fore-mentioned attributes. Not everyone has what it take to go out on their own.
What many businesses and organizations fail to recognize is that they have employees who are entrepreneurs, entrepreneurs who like the safety of having a workplace that provides a regular paycheck. These employees are valuable to a business as they are the ones who can provide growth in the organization through new ideas and processes.
In order for this to be a mutual benefit, the business must provide an environment whereby the employee can make mistakes, try new ideas and processes and learn from them. Obviously this environment must have some checks and balances.
When was the last time you asked for ideas from your employees on how to do their job better, more efficiently, or what new product or service was being requested by your customers or clients?
Who are your entrepreneurs?