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For a long time, I’ve had the opinion that ‘intrapreneurship’ is a term and practice that most business owners or leaders in Australia prefer to neglect or even ignore. This is despite the fact that ‘intrapreneurs’ continue to be the driving force of innovation and growth of companies around the world, including Google, Pixar, Disney, and evenAirbnb.
‘intrapreneurs’ continue to be the driving force of innovation and growth of companies around the world
My ongoing efforts to educate and explore intrapreneurship amongst Australian business leaders has always proven challenging and often frustrating. However, my feeling changed when I interviewed Andrew Coronis (Managing Director – Coronis Group), and discovered how Andrew is leveraging on his entrepreneurial employees to achieve accelerated growth.
For the past 20 years, I have witnessed the highs and lows of entrepreneurship, owning and running a number of successful business ventures in Australia, as well as employing and managing a number of people that have added value to the organisations I founded.
Upon reflection however, I have to admit that only a few of these individuals have contributed something remarkable or truly powerful to my business ventures. I call these people the ‘intrapreneurs’ of the workplace.
From experience, the intrapreneurs I have worked closely with possess unique characteristics and qualities that are not commonly found amongst conventional employees. In my opinion, they are ‘rare species’ and constitute less than 5% of the workforce in Australia.
The cliché workplace environment of the 20th century makes me think about dull neon lights, desk cubicles, stale air, and large IBM computer monitors. I cannot imagine how this would stimulate productivity, innovation, and a sense of community for today’s office workers or generation.
Fast forward to 2016, the new-age workplace is now about fancy ergonomic furniture, architecturally inspired lighting, digital connectivity around the globe, and so much more. In Australia, workplace trends are changing fast, enabling start-up entrepreneurs, business owners, as well as employees of organisations the opportunity to run their business and / or workplace affairs from these innovative ‘hubs’.
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