How do new breakthrough ideas get developed in your company? So, you don’t have that high-powered R&D division that can invent the next big thing that accelerates your business into the blue waters of sustained success? Well, you may have creative problem solvers scattered across your organization ready to turn your competitive gap into a significant innovation that can really pull your company forward.
Many breakthrough problem solvers are individuals who are, by nature, highly curious, complex thinkers, who may have the potential to become entrepreneurs, but inside your company they can become intrapreneurs.
These creative people might not look all that breakthrough-ish. They may never say a word in your team meetings, they work well in solitude, they never run with scissors… you know the type.
Introverts, extraverts, ambiverts, workers that always seem to be rocking the boat, they all see your business and your customer’s problems through a very unique lens, and it drives them to think up new ways of doing things… they are the viewers of the breakthrough! They see past today’s problems, with the ability to peer into the better future.
So, how is all of this inventiveness happen?
The process of “intrapreneur-ship” occurs in seven-steps.
1) Identify the root cause of the problem.
2) Envision how that problem could be solved.
3) Draw or write out a description of the solution as a prototype.
4) Resource the components internally and/or with external suppliers at little or no cost.
5) Deliver the prototype to the customer/problem owner.
6) Gain feedback, refine, and confirm the prototype is effective.
7) Announce the new product/solution’s success.
Individuals working as intrapreneurs, think collectively, construct in privacy and act specifically, before announcing their efforts to the entire company. These individuals or small groups need cover to create, away from the naysayers, to incubate and test their idea.
You have amazing people all over your business. Develop a culture of curiosity, promote limited risk-taking, and solution creation may just start taking root inside your company, with the potential to grow your organization into an amazingly innovative market leader.
Author: Michael Shelly
Business Development Strategist & Director of Sales at HIHR International