You’ve been hearing a lot about creating value at work, especially lately, right? Being an intrapreneur is one way to do it.
Intrapreneurs create a new process, product or service where they currently work. It’s like being an entrepreneur, but without venturing off to start your own business. It’s what Google famously allowed its employees time to do with its Innovation Time Off program.
Like the Cowardly Lion, the courage has been in you all along. Now you can unleash it – by discovering The 5 Secrets to Better Communication at Work.
First, come up with an idea that could move your organization forward. “Your goal is to create a product that two guys in a garage would build to kill your company,” says Guy Kawasaki, an author and co-founder of Alltop.
Design a prototype. For example, if your idea is a time-saving system for getting client contracts developed and signed, put it down on paper and test it out.
“Senior executives [often] kill new initiatives in order to preserve the status quo, so you want to show them how it works rather than asking for permission,” says Kawasaki.
Author, motivational speaker and communications expert Colette Carlson combines theory with hands-on experience to give you the success tools you can put to work immediately. Find out how...
ID your network. You’ll need colleagues and managers who have a good attitude about innovation. Ask for their help in evaluating your concept.
Know the numbers. “It is critical to learn how internal accounting works,” says Avi Deitcher, a New York-based intrapreneur who created a wireless messaging service while working at a large financial institution.
Bottom line: As you pitch your idea, you’ll want to communicate how much money you could save or generate for the company. Do it well, and you’ll gain a new level of success in your organization.
— Adapted from “‘Insider’ Entrepreneurs,” Alexandra Levit, The Wall Street Journal.
With The 5 Secrets you'll learn how to:
- Speak with strength and sensitivity to get results in 4 easy steps.
- Replace “contaminated language” with a fail-proof process that gets your message heard.
- Eliminate self-sabotaging speech habits – substitute credible, confident language that gets you noticed.
- Defuse tense situations quickly. Use Colette’s 5-step approach to deal with combative individuals.
- Request feedback proactively. Develop personal excellence while creating a climate of growth.
- Leverage gender communication. Understand your audience for maximum understanding and impact of your message.
- And much more!