Teaching Entrepreneurship Within The Organization

We talk about “risk” in the professional world in a different context compared to how we think of the risk of an entrepreneur who has mortgaged his home to start a company. While a little different, Jeff Chavez of Authentic Development explains that it does require a real, tangible risk to be willing to go into the office of the CEO and say, “I have bad news,” or to say, “You know everybody in the meeting who told you that everything was going perfectly? Well, they’re just afraid to tell you the truth. It’s not going perfectly and we’re not gonna get any of the shipments out this week and we’re gonna have big problems.”

It’s a risky endeavor to decide to go and do that, but your people must come to understand why those are necessary risks, especially if they want to move forward as a professional.

In our companies we talk about what’s at the heart of entrepreneurship. We stress that it’s not about needing to be a creative genius. Because the greatest entrepreneurs, in fact, are not so creative as much as they are curious, always asking questions, always wanting to know how to figure things out, how to solve problems.

Jeff Chavez says, “In our companies we talk a lot about learning; constantly learning to do new things even if they’re difficult. So we’re continuously learning because that’s what entrepreneurs do in the very classic sense.”