Open the lines of communication
To find the intrapreneurs in your organization, Beerman says business leaders need to "create an environment that's welcoming and empowering." He suggests that IT departments open communication by reaching out to employees or department heads to make the department feel more accessible to employees.
"An intrapreneur might see inefficiencies within his or her company's workflow, but may not necessarily have the experience to fully develop a solution. The IT department can then act as a partner to find the right recommendation," he says.
Eventually intrapreneurship will become second nature within the business, but it requires a solid plan and joint effort in the beginning stages. And, as with any major shift in corporate culture, Beerman says fostering intrapreneurship requires a "top down initiative, starting with C-Suite executives."
"When intrapreneurs and IT teams are communicating regularly, there are more windows of opportunity for collaboration. Innovation and collaboration will eventually become business as usual, once initial bridges are crossed," says Beerman.
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