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Turning Problems Into Opportunities

September 26, 2014


Is there part of your job that really niggles you?

Perhaps the technology you’re working with is unreliable, or there’s a bottleneck in a procedure that’s slowing everyone down.

If something is inconveniencing you at work, then there’s a pretty good chance that it’s getting in the way of other people, too.

So, what are you going to do about it? You could just accept it as the way things are, or you could transform those irritations into opportunities to shine.

Our article on Intrapreneurship looks at some of the ways that you can use problems to inspire ideas that make a real difference at work – both for yourself and for your organization. Read it here.

You can also learn more about making the most of your talents at work, in our articles on Job Crafting, Authenticity, and Getting Noticed.

Question: What’s going to be the catalyst for your next great idea? Tell us below!

2 thoughts on “Turning Problems Into Opportunities

  1. Don wrote:

    The issue I see with Intrapreneurship is that when working for a company one must understand the culture first. Everyday I see people who are not interested in fixing large problems. They are only interested in fixing what is in their silo. Implementation of any program regarding Lean or Training is almost impossible. With that being said, how does one attempt to practice what this site says works, when you work for what I would like to call a notional position that looks good when customers inquire, but in reality nothing substantial gets done. Where can a person possibly practice Intrapreneurship in an environment such as this?

    1. Ruth Hill wrote:

      I agree with you, Don – organizational culture has a strong bearing on how intrapreneurial you can be.

      I think intrapreneurship is probably best suited to tackling the smaller problems that affect you directly. Larger problems are more the domain of the leaders and strategists in the company.

      However, working in an environment where “nothing substantial gets done,” doesn’t sound like the sort of job that could hold a dynamic intrapreneur for long. My advice to them would be to try to shape that “notional position” with a bit of job crafting (or find somewhere that their skills will be put to better use).

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