ca aninda ghosh August 21, 2013 at 8:22 am

Mediocars are favorites with many corporates & people with endeavor & lots of zeals & enterprising skills are not favored by corporates as many & aplenty. In fact, in India PSUs still hold a lot many of geniuses going by sheer no. Enterprises not run by promoters do not fear so much about the geniuses . A brainstormer is an eye shore & a genius leaving a good enterprise fails to land up in a Better enterprise , in many cases . So many talents are getting wasted & it is a national wastage of resources . There is hardly any serious competency bank service / central mgt of competency analysis in India . All HR agencies are doing lip services & window services.

Rory Colfer August 15, 2013 at 7:50 am

To those considering being an entrepreneur don’t let this very good article put you off. Being an entrepreneur is like being a parent – wonderful, occasionally horrible, full of hard work, initially very damaging to your cash flow, and not easy to explain to someone who is not one. You try very hard to succeed at both.

And if you don’t want to take the plunge then the entrepreneurial traits shown above are surely worth developing in any case.

Ben de Haldevang August 14, 2013 at 1:44 am

Organisations these days talk about incremental innovation and disruptive innovation. The evidence would suggest that whilst large corporations say that they are interested in disruptive innovation, they cannot really cope with it as it does not fit into the structure of control required. It’s an interesting legacy of mergers and acquisitions that companies end up with entrepreneurs in their ranks for a short while at least and profess the wish to retain them for longer but fail to do so…a very large technology company did a study not long ago where they found that the entrepreneurs they had acquired were rated consistently in the bottom 10% of performers amongst their employees! Their solution….to house them in a separate building! To keep them in or to keep others out? Who knows….

Per-Eric Ejstes August 12, 2013 at 7:58 pm

Really interesting and thoughtful article which gives a very good insight to where external resources might have some challenges in getting through with the services. Really looking forward to next article. 🙂

Robin Williams August 8, 2013 at 7:22 am

I guess after going through the post many users’ views and perspective might have changed regarding entrepreneur and corporation and the relation between them. I found it really interesting and knowledgeable. Great work guys.

Steven July 27, 2013 at 1:36 am

Yes, you are right. Many corporations believe that they have sound knowledge of business management and marketing. Here One thing they don’t know is that the big organization grows because of the best people not because of management activities. The entrepreneur is the person who design the long term success path for an organization and archived them in any circumstances.

Danile Curley July 22, 2013 at 8:38 am

Hi Jay,
Thank you for your article – I struggle every time I apply for an internal consultancy position – should I use my business e-mail or my personal for the very reason you’ve identified. I have both work “in-side” organizations and provided consulting services from the “out-side”. When hired as a turn-around management consultant the term is defined and my creative mind is hired to make both the leadership and the systems of that organization into something more effective, efficient and often to instill a “learning organization” process approach to meeting their mission. When hired internally my experience is that your still seen as an outsider, short-term and suspect – to paraphrase a debate while inside as I advocated for systems change – “you only want this change to enhance your resume”. Following the leader, maintaining the status quo and not changing things “too” much is a consistent message.

Finding a message that works, an approach that doesn’t threaten and building change over time through new leadership development is often a hard sell to many management staff in place now – even while they might mime all the creative jargon of the day.


Jeniffer Cooper July 19, 2013 at 12:09 am

I totally agree with your points! There is always a mental block between a corporate way of thinking and an entrepreneur thinking. The two can never have the same approach.

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