The Seven Habits of Effective Intrapreneurs (intro)

The Seven Habits of Effective IntrapreneursAs an inventor I have witnessed a fairly distinctive pattern of intrapreneurship within my own multi-national corporation (EMC).

The employees that are the most successful at advancing their ideas through the corporate maze tend to operate using a fairly well-defined rhythm. The chart below breaks down this rhythm into a set of discrete steps that can be learned and practiced by creative employees world-wide.


Although this diagram is cyclical, intrapreneurs-in-training cannot simply jump on at any given point in the cycle. It is imperative that their very first step be the practice and discipline of productivity. Intrapreneurs by their very nature are productive; they know how to produce new products or services based on their own ideas.

What separates an intrapreneur from the many productive employees that can be found in any corporation? The answer is that they continue to take initiative beyond their required duties.

Over the course of the next several weeks this blog will dive into these seven steps in detail. Many of these steps are already described in the book Innovate with Influence.

Here are links to separate articles on each of the Seven Habits of Effective Intrapreneurs:

  1. Productivity
  2. Initiative
  3. Collaboration
  4. 3-Box Time Management
  5. Plus 2 Visibility
  6. Bridge Building
  7. Finishing

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Steve ToddSteve Todd is Director at EMC Innovation Network, and a high-tech inventor and book author “Innovate With Global Influence“. An EMC Intrapreneur with over 180 patent applications and billions in product revenue, he writes about innovation on his personal blog, the Information Playground. Twitter: @SteveTodd

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  1. Gianna Nall on January 10, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Hello Todd, I’m an HR Director a Bluch Chip tech firm and am really interested in this topic of Intrapreneurship for our senior technical talent (distinguished engineer level) who are extremely good at envisioning emerging technologies, innovating, influencing standards bodies, etc. but less strong in business acumen, building business propoals, and influencing executives around investment decisions.

    With your passion and experience in this area, would you have any ideas around consulting groups or training outfits, maybe VC type coaches who are out there who we could contract services from.

    Thanks for any ideas you may have.

    Gianna Nall

  2. Steve Todd on January 10, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Hi Gianna,
    In our case we did not use consultants or coaches but partnered with local universities instead. EMC is based in Massachusetts and we have contacts with MIT, Harvard, and Northeastern, for example. In November we organized a day long session on international collaboration at the MIT Media Lab. We were able to hear unbiased research on the latest techniques to collaborate effectively. It was inspiring and impactful, and we’ve started to brainstorm about how to implement what we heard.
    Like you, we are also planning on getting some training specifically around the creation of strategic proposals that can be presented in business terms. We plan on using the same strategy and are putting together an agenda with some forward-thinking professors.
    I hope this is helpful!

    • Aaron Eden on February 10, 2013 at 6:10 pm

      I may be a little late to the party, but myself and a co-worker have developed a high impact course for Intuit that solves for the exact things that Gianna mentioned above. If you’d like to learn more about it please let me know. I don’t want to spam this blog with a bunch of details that folks might not be interested in.


  3. Professor Philip Wiggle , Medaille College on April 20, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    I am looking for an excellent textbook for our new course in Intrapreneurship. Any thoughts are appreciated.

    • Braden Kelley on April 20, 2013 at 10:20 pm

      Check out the New Business Road Test.


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