[Taken from my book that is soon to launch about Intrapreneurship]
Why would your boss want you to be an Entrepreneur?
Your first thought might be “that sounds ludicrous.” Why would someone want to employ someone that is going to leave them, or at least always thinking about leaving them?
Everyone has characteristics of an entrepreneur in them. Everyone wants to be respected. Whether you can tell or not, you take pride in something you created. You want to be recognized. You want to see results in what you do. No one likes to be micromanaged. You may or may not like instructions, but directions are helpful. Entrepreneurship does not mean you are a massive risk taker. It means you take well-calculated risks, knowing you can accept the worst outcome.
The Success-Failure Pendulum
Life is like a pendulum with one side representing failure and risk, and the other with success and achievement. The more risks you take, the more failures you will have and the pendulum swings to the “Risk/failure side.” As the pendulum swings farther to the risk/failure side, itcounter swings farther and higher on the success and achievement side.
At the same time, with great risk, comes larger let downs. Some people get stuck not swinging in either direction. They become complacent and comfortable with their average job, not wanting to upset anyone or change the status quo. Sadly, this is the large majority of Americans today. We work hard in school to get the sweet job, with the nice paycheck and benefits so we can retire with ease. Hoping along the way have a nice comfy life. Little did we realize those things are hard to come by and when we reach some sort of comfort, we stop striving, we stop taking risks. We lose the high side of the risk/reward pendulum and we stay in our “sweet spot.”
Where is the “Sweet Spot?”
Problem with our “sweet spot” is that it is not changing anything. We wake up, go to work, work hard, do our job, come home and wait for the weekend, then start all over on the dreaded Monday. 30 years later, we are wondering why our PTO isn’t as big as we wanted and we still haven’t taken that trip to Tahiti, or started that non-profit that we wanted to so many years ago. You wanted to help people, you wanted to change the world, but yet, here you are inputting numbers into spreadsheets 30 years into your “Career.”
I’m not saying that inputting info into spreadsheets is bad. No, all jobs that are needed, are needed to get done. Someone at some time needs to do them, I just hope it’s not you 30 years from now doing the same thing.
Your boss wants you to use your entrepreneur characteristics that you were born with to be the best you can in your current position. Your boss does not want to micro manage you, they don’t want to really manage you at all. They want to be able to show you the vision they have and give you the tools and say “go.” That is the ultimate employee. As an entrepreneur out on your own, you have your own vision and you tell yourself “go.” The only difference now is you have more security when you fall.
When you act as an entrepreneur within a position, you are always evolving. You are looking for better ways to do your position. This makes you valuable. This trait of being able to change when someone needs you to or when you know you should, is invaluable and owners cannot put a price tag on it. . . on you.