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How To Develop An Entrepreneurial Mindset In The Workplace

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How To Develop An Entrepreneurial Mindset In The Workplace

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Career Queen, if you’re looking for ways you can progress to the next level I’m going to take you through five steps that can help you develop an entrepreneurial mindset based on just some of the things I’ve learnt during my journey.

Positioning

This is all about taking time out to really identify where you want to position yourself within the company you’re working for. What kind of influence do you want to have, what department ultimately do you want to be part of and what impact do you want to contribute to the overall success of the business?

Let’s look at this from two simple angles – making the company money and saving the company money.

To be someone that makes the company money, this is about looking at ways the business can become more profitable. How can it maximise on its current offering and what may be missing from a product and service perspective?

How companies do business will never be the same again since COVID-19 which means there is no idea that should be ignored or dismissed.

If you have identified a gap, write a proposal that provides:

  • Background information
  • The current situation
  • Your idea
  • What you recommend
  • Supporting data and statistics via an appendix

Saving the company money could relate to reviewing existing contracts that are in place and current practices to identify how they can be done differently. For example, when I was setting up the HR function for Urban Outfitters, employees were paid bi-weekly, but this was costing the company more to process payroll in this way. So after doing some research, gathering all the facts and figures and putting forward a proposal it was changed to monthly.

This is just one example to get you thinking about some of the things you have the opportunity to look at.

 

Flexibility

Being flexible within the work environment means being open to change as the businesses that are successful, are the evolving ones. This means your approach can’t be fixed in doing things a certain way.

Understand and know the industry you’re in, learn new skills and test your knowledge. Be open to any change that may take place and look for the opportunities in that change to support your career growth.

Authenticity

Take advantage of the skills and abilities you have that make you unique. Don’t try to be someone else as its seriously not worth it and rarely works.

Those who try to be someone else in the workplace, usually get found out as the mask eventually falls off.

Stand in your power and allow your character to do the talking. From a leadership perspective, identify your strengths and use them (love the How To Fascinate Personality Test). Think about how you can carve out and create a role for yourself that draws on your strengths and allows you to be your authentic self. Whilst this may be dependent on the size of the company you are working for, it’s still possible. I always view this as identifying where the gaps are, and how you can be a solution to fill one of them.

 

Involvement

Seek out opportunities to be involved in projects and/or events that support your long term career aspirations. Observe how things get done, ask questions and if there is someone you look up to why not ask to be mentored by them?

Gain as much experience as possible and try to gain an understanding of how other departments operate and what they do, because everyone is ultimately working towards one goal.

 

Speak Up

Whether you work for a large or small company, grab hold of opportunities that are there for you to speak up and say what you think. If you have a perspective on something, share and voice your thoughts as you could have the key to something no one has considered yet or given much thought to.

Speaking up also means sharing ideas, adding value and owning everything your role requires of you.

When someone asks if there are any questions during meetings if there is something in your mind you would like at answer to, ask the damn question.

On a final note, be helpful, but not pushy or too overeager. Take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way. If you can cross over to work in a different department for a short period of time and its something you want to do, go for it.

On a final note, be helpful, but not pushy or too overeager. Take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way. If you can cross over to work in a different department for a short period of time and its something you want to do, go for it.

 

So what action(s) are you going to take to develop an entrepreneurial mindset in the workplace? Share with a comment and don’t forget to react to this post with an emoji!

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