You can teach yourself to be intrapreneurial, here's how

A person within a large corporation who takes direct responsibility for turning an idea into a profitable finished product through assertive risk taking and innovation.

- dictionary definition: intrapreneur

So how do you tap into the intrapreneur inside of you?

To Advance yourself to that next promotion you need to understand the organisation you're working for. Every business values results that lead to making money or saving money. This can be in various forms, acquiring new business, optimizing operational costs, reducing capital expenditure, improving customer experience and driving sales and leads.

Start by accepting that your current contribution to the organisation is sufficient for your current role in it. To progress, first decide which role you want to advance to next, this is important as you need to focus your efforts in one direction. Understand the business acumen, values and model. Identify what skills and values you're lacking but is required for the next role you want to pursue. 

Now comes the intrapreneurial part. Learn as much about the business and it's major stake holders and their strategies and look for opportunities that you can address to align with the business strategy. Being intrapreneurial is almost the same process as being an entrepreneur, you identify a need, a potential and how you can add unique value that will lead to real results. 

If you're not confident in your own entrepreneurial abilities then see this intrapreneurial approach as a compromise between being employed and being a business owner. Utilize the intrapreneurial approach to learn the skills needed to succeed. This includes enforcing your communication skills, thinking outside the main ideas, researching and identifying missed opportunities to increase the success of projects and strategies. Take initiative, don't wait to be asked or given the opportunity. Practice being diplomatic with colleagues (yes even the negative political players) and practice your leadership skills by adopting leadership qualities through practice, this involves being diplomatic about the organisation's initiatives and not being pessimistic or negative. Practice articulating your ideas in concise statements with no room for ambiguity. 

Most important of all, make yourself take initiative to identify opportunities for adding value to the business and then plan and pursue those opportunities.

Marius Conradie
A freelance full stack web developer and solutions architect based in Johannesburg, South Africa.