When your boss tells you to “be more intrapreneurial” but doesn’t tell you what problem he/she wants you to focus on Know Your Meme / Via knowyourmeme.com Don’t people understand intrapreneurship isn’t just “go solve a problem”? There’s a whole company at stake, here. There has to be context! When your manager tells you to get your team’s attention on this project, no matter the cost Know Your Meme / Via knowyourmeme.com To be fair, the manager did say you didn’t care how you got people’s attention. Jokes aside, though, without manager buy-in and championship, this is how it can feel when you have an intrapreneurial project and you’re trying to get other employees to pay attention (but they have their own work to do and don’t want to hear it). That time when you had to go talk to the development team and ask them to build something yet again for one of your intrapreneurial projects Know Your Meme / Via knowyourmeme.com Just kidding - we love developers! Another reason why executive championship is crucial - resources are super limited, so simply having “an intrapreneurial mindset” doesn’t help navigate that dev schedule. How it feels your project involves marketing to millennials Know Your Meme / Via knowyourmeme.com Yes, hello, I too was born in the year you were born. I too am hip with the kids. Side note: context helps here. Push to understand exactly which group (or subset) and why the company is marketing to that group. If there isn’t a good foundational reason why you’re looking at one user group, then your intrapreneurial project may need a second opinion. When you didn’t do anything wrong but you still take responsibility because intrapreneurship Know Your Meme / Via knowyourmeme.com Or maybe you’re just Canadian. Who knows. Life's tough out there for people who take risks. When you worked really hard on your initial proposal but your manager says they “aren’t feeling it” so you have to go back to the drawing board Know Your Meme / Via knowyourmeme.com External voice: Thank you for your feedback, I appreciate you sharing it with me. I will go and work harder now. Internal voice: *screams, runs down the street with arms flailing, dies* When you build exactly what customer feedback, the data, and your internal champion told you to build, but then nobody likes it Know Your Meme / Via knowyourmeme.com Wouldn’t it be nice if people told you what they actually wanted? And then when you built it, they were grateful and used the thing you built for them? And didn’t hide what they actually wanted to “test” you? When your test customers hate your product ideas so you find another group of customers to test with Know Your Meme / Via knowyourmeme.com Ain’t nobody going to stop you. If one group of customers don’t like it - find another. There are a lot of fish in the sea, and each type needs something different. One person’s trash is another person’s treasure, after all. When you’re trying to be intrapreneurial across team lines but people keep telling you “that’s not your job” Know Your Meme / Via knowyourmeme.com Yes, Linda, I am aware I don’t work in human resources, but I am trying this new thing where I build something that needs human resources help. (Hey, managers, you can help here! Make sure you let functional leaders from other groups know that you have a burgeoning intrapreneur on your hands who may be reaching out to them for help on a project). When your internal champion tells you how much they appreciate the work you’re doing Know Your Meme / Via knowyourmeme.com We are very pro-verbal affirmation. Not just cause it’s nice to hear but also because it’s a good signal that we’re on the right track. In entrepreneurship, your signals are things like growth and revenue. With intrapreneurship, signals are things that indicate you’re solving company problems. The guy you channel when you want to be suave in your presentation Know Your Meme / Via knowyourmeme.com Intrapreneurship? Success in business. Hotel? Trivago. Immediately after your solution presentation goes off without a hitch so you do a victory lap with your team Know Your Meme / Via knowyourmeme.com Weeeeee are the champions, my friiiiiiiiennndsssssss.Header image courtesy KnowYourMeme.