Regardless of the industry you work or your particular position, it is becoming more and more important for each of us to be entrepreneurial. We each need to see our role as a valuable contributor to a product or service where we can make a difference. But what if we don’t feel we have the “oompf” to be an entrepreneur and we would rather just do our job and head out at the end of the day? That work strategy is out the door and honestly doesn’t serve us well today.
We live and work in a fast paced global environment that constantly challenges our abilities to quickly pivot and change direction instantaneously. Our teams and organizations are always poised for a new product or service launch and that means we need to be up and running with new ideas readily. Finding that entrepreneur within us, may be just what we need to empower us to survive. Here are five ways to forge ahead to becoming an entrepreneur:
KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN FOR CHANGE
Change is a constant and as an entrepreneur we need to be aware and recognize when projects are going in a different direction or leaders around us are moving to new positions. In a current organization I am working with, values and vision were changed which meant that every person in that company needed to realign their jobs responsibilities. Each manager had the task to explore ways to integrate the new values into their actions and decisions.
ACQUIRE NEW SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE
Another name for an entrepreneur is “lifelong learner”. Keeping up with the new trends and knowing what skills, certifications or information we need to obtain is essential to compete within a global world. Ask yourself:
- What do I need to be a stronger leader in my field?
- Are competitors focusing on different priorities?
- How can I grow to enrich my career and make me more helpful to my company?
RUN YOUR OWN DESK
Nothing screams entrepreneur better than being in charge of your own desk. What does that mean? Be accountable. Be organized. Drum up new business. Treat your role as if you are part owner of the company. Feel empowered to make the big decisions and find the best solutions.
CULTIVATE CONNECTIONS WITH EVERY RELATIONSHIP
An entrepreneur looks at every encounter with someone as a “moment of truth”. Whether we are dealing with external clients or internal customers on our team or in other departments, we need to model a leader who cares about others. If someone is overwhelmed with a heavy workload, jump in and ask how you can help. When we put our relationships at the top of our list, we cultivate trust, transparency as well as a strong support network.
LEARN TO BE NIMBLE
If we possess an entrepreneurial spirit we will jump through hoops to make things happen quickly. We are able to:
- Know our priorities
- Not get bogged down on every detail
- State our case in a clear way
- Rally others to make adjustments and take action
Are you up to the task of becoming an entrepreneurial leader? How do you bring the entrepreneurial spirit to your career or job?