We Need to Expand Our Definition of Entrepreneurship


According to this Harvard Business Review article, the Big Shift is coming, a global transformation of the business landscape as a result of technology and other factors. Work is no longer about just showing up. For an organization to thrive, every single employee needs to harness opportunity and be driven toward performance improvement. How does that happen? Employees become entrepreneurs.

What You’ll Learn

After completing the work on this page, you will be able to:

  • Know how the Big Shift is currently impacting your workplace
  • Realize that everyone is capable of being an entrepreneur
  • Embrace and foster your entrepreneurial qualities
  • Recognize and encourage the entrepreneurial spirit in your workplace

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Dig Deeper

After reading the article, reflect on the following questions. Jot down your thoughts. Consider sharing this video with a colleague or a work group for an insightful discussion.

  1. According to the article, the Big Shift is upon us. Name 1-2 specific examples of how the Big Shift is affecting your current workplace.
  2. On a scale of 1 to 5 (1 = poor, 5 = excellent), rate your own level of entrepreneurship that enables you to create and seize opportunities in the workplace. Explain your rating.
  3. Recall the last time another person at your workplace attempted to promote a new idea or foster the entrepreneurial spirit in some capacity. How did you respond and why?
  4. Recall the last time you promoted a new idea or fostered the entrepreneurial spirit in some capacity in your workplace. How was it received by others?
  5. What steps can you take to foster a more entrepreneurial environment in your workplace? List 1-2 specific examples. Try one out for a week and reflect on the outcome.


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