How Thinking Like a Founder Can Help Intrapreneurs Achieve Success

Being a founder requires inhuman amounts of determination, resourcefulness and resilience among many other skills. Although many people dream of starting their own Slot online business, not everyone is in a position or has the courage to go down this arduous path. However, there are a few characteristics and skills that can be adopted to help any intrapreneurs in the corporate world willing to go forward and drive change within their organization. Here are seven tips to consider:

Solve the obvious problems.

We solve problems that are usually obvious to us. Most founders come up with ideas by experiencing inefficiencies in their own personal or professional life. There might be several opportunities that come along that require fixing or improving at work.

Don’t accept inefficiencies or learn to work around them. Challenge them! Especially when starting a new job, things that could be improved seem more obvious, but we quickly tend to get used to them as “the way it is.” Paying attention to tasks you are doing daily that seem repetitive or reduces productivity is an opportunity to improve it. For example, if you are interacting with a new product, you might run into user experience problems worth writing down and reporting back to your product team (regardless of your role). You can also ask peers what are the biggest constraints to get their job done and focus on solving high-value obstacles.

Whatever it is, improving productivity or the user experience of a product will drive value for your organization and help differentiate yourself from others who might simply accept the status quo. 

Be a visionary.

Founders set the vision and get people around them excited about the future. Having a clear vision is key to driving change. The way you get there will vary, but the vision should stay the same. The vision can be about yourself, your team or function.

Communicate that vision with people around you, and surround yourself with people that can help you achieve it. Having a clear vision for yourself and the business will also help bring clarity to others as you are exploring new opportunities within or outside of the organization.

When I interview new candidates, I always ask, “Where do they see yourself in three to five years from now?” I am building a team of people who are ambitious and looking for learning opportunities to get where they want to go. It doesn’t mean they will reach it here, but having clarity will help us ensure that we provide them with the right opportunities and help them make the best decision to advance their career.