It’s refreshing to see that corporate entrepreneurship is coming down from the rafters and becoming more mainstream and less elitist. I’m giddy when I see workshops helping the general population learn new entrepreneurial skills. It feels good to see that Entrepreneurism for the masses is beginning to come around.
Larry Page of Google fame recently spoke to a roomful of academic researchers and told them they needed more entrepreneurial drive. He was asking scientists to get motivated about solving worldwide problems.
Innovation is at stake. Unless people tap into their own entrepreneurial spirit, we may as well wrap things up and call it a day. Entrepreneurial spirit doesn’t mean you get bit by the “bug”, then run out and start your own company. Entrepreneurship is not for everyone and that’s entirely okay.
Entrepreneurial spirit, however, belongs to everyone.
The tricky part is that we can’t “teach” entrepreneurial spirit. We can lend guidance and provide environments conducive to drawing out a person’s inner passion and creativity, but teaching it during a two-day workshop is not where you find people tapping into their inner core. Until someone has tapped into the raw power of their personal passion, teaching them entrepreneurial skills just puts them through a skills drill.
Companies continue to do it badly and then whine when talented people leave in droves. They place people in charge of leading and guiding others when they're the types who should be working with white mice. Why not target people who are good at motivating others to reach their full potential, then pay them the best with the most fun perks.