Summer is here and for some people they may find things slowing down at work. We know that true intrapreneurs will take the opportunity to use this little bit of extra time to try to make their ideas move forward.
We’ve spent a great deal of time over the last few months speaking with intrapreneurs and really understanding what they believe makes them and their companies successful at driving innovation. We’ve taken some of those learnings and put together a list of 4 simple things that aspiring or current intrapreneurs can do with the extra time they may find themselves having this summer.
Learn A Skill That Will Help You To Be A Better Intrapreneur
In order to learn new skills that will boost job performance, it is not always necessary to go back to school. Thanks to the internet, online courses are highly-accessible and allow one to learn in their free time and at their own pace. Enrolling in an online course to learn a new skill could be a great use of any spare summer hours. Online schools such as Lynda, Coursera, Udemy, and others, offer a wide range of courses that can help you strengthen your intrapreneurial skill set. Some suggestions on possible courses could be; How to Write a Business Plan that you can present to your boss, or How to Create Prototypes for you to demonstrate when pitching your ideas, or Project Management Basics to gain the necessary management skills when it’s time to make your ideas come to life.
Take A Walk To Think Up New Ideas
Many claim their best ideas come to them in the shower or during a long run. Science has shown that focusing on tasks or coming up with new ideas can be taxing on the brain, and by taking breaks and letting your mind wander, it has time to process everything and it will start to make new connections on its own. Taking a walk is also a great way to give your brain a rest and may help you get your creative juices flowing. In fact, a 2014 study at Stanford University showed that walking, indoor or outside, helped boost creative inspiration. This is likely why some of the greatest and most innovative minds of our time, like Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg, have been known to hold many “walking meetings”.
Spend Some Time With A Different Department In Your Company
While you’re up and walking, why not swing by a different department in your company that you don’t interact with on a regular basis? Go stop by to find out what they’re working on or thinking about. Having different departments speak and interact with each other opens up the possibility for new perspectives to be given to problems and collaboration opportunities to present themselves. This idea of having different departments and people mix in the office space has shown to improve companies so much that Harvard Business Reviews says that organizations are now spending millions to redesign their office spaces to encourage and even force employees to flow into spaces where they’ll interact with others.
Enjoy Lunch With Others
Many intrapreneurs that the Intrapreneur Alliance has had the pleasure to interview, have told us that they owe a great amount of their success to the fact that they have received the right support from the right people. In some cases, this meant bouncing ideas off their colleagues to help them refine their intrapreneurial ideas or how they were presenting them. In other cases, it meant telling the right person about their idea and that person helping to champion the idea around the company. In either case, we are constantly being advised that sharing your ideas with others will always be more beneficial than just keeping them to yourself. Why not use some of your extra summer time to take a coworker or two for lunch outside of your office to talk candidly and bounce ideas off one another? And since it’s summer, we suggest you take them somewhere with a nice sunny patio.
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