Are You an Entrepreneur, Intrapreneur or Employee?
Author: Bill Wynn
When I starting in recruitment in 1996 I wanted to work for a business where there were no limits. I could achieve my dreams. My dreams were to be the best I could be and hopefully I would be rewarded for this with money, promotion, kudos and true satisfaction. I was not really aware what an entrepreneur or intrapreneur was, I just thought there were business owners and those that worked for or with them.
The company I first joined, in my naivety I thought I would work my way to the top, but like many of the large recruitment businesses and large companies, they are not really meritocracies, but quite political beasts. So, when I set up Project Resource with Derek Scott, it was integral to our core beliefs that we had a company where all of our team enjoyed working for the company, had mutual goals and we were a true meritocracy, rewarding the most dedicated, loyal and passionate with increased career opportunities as the business grows.
Of course there have been highs and lows for me, the company and our team, however, we all believe that we have and continue to focus on achieving our company goals and our personal goals.
We really champion the development of our team, working hard with each individual team member to get them to their peak capabilities and potential. In the last year alone we have put many of our senior team onto leadership and self-development training programmes. Our more junior team have dedicated internal trainers that help them learn and develop. On top of this we have a comprehensive induction programme for all our new starters. We understand that our business is only as good as the people who we have within it!
Our team is made up of Entrepreneurs, Intrapreneurs and employees. Of course we are all employees, but I can differentiate the team in this way, and we need that balance to be innovative, creative and different.
Each type of person brings their own unique qualities to the business and we are always looking for Entrepreneurs, Intrapreneurs and employees. So whatever the short-term and long-term goals are that our team have, we are dedicated to work with them to achieve our combined goals.
It is always nice to know that employees that have moved on, when they look for a new job in the future, often consider talking to us again. For example, Simon Griffiths, who left us in 2008 to work abroad, has rejoined us and will be heading up to the North West shortly to open our third office, in Manchester, to aid our business growth.
So hopefully the message is clear, we love people with creativity, independence of thought, people that want to set up their own business (Entrepreneurs), those that want to work within a business and have autonomy to make creative decisions (Intrapreneurs) and those that want a great job with good career prospects.
The future is very exciting for us, and I am really excited about working with the team and board of directors to ensure we achieve our goals and have as much fun along the way as possible.
PS: After we have opened Manchester Office we will be opening a London office.
If you want to be part of our success and reach all your ambitions and goals, speak with us.