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Are You An Intrapreneur or Entrepreneur?

If you ask most people what they would rather be - an Intrapreneur or an Entrepreneur - most answers would be entrepreneur.



I mean that’s where the hype is isn’t it? Own your own business, be your own boss, make a lot of money. Most people see the glamour of successful businessmen like Patrice Motsepe or Ellon Musk and think “I can do this!”. Many try and for the few that make it they realise it’s not what it’s cracked up to be. It’s hours of toil and stress and often long periods of no success. They realise that being your own boss does come with perks but also with a lot of responsibility and often no time to enjoy the rewards. With that said sometimes the best step before entrepreneurship is intrapreneurship.


Intrapreneurship is best described as the “act of behaving like an entrepreneur whilst working within a company” and an intrapreneur is a “change agent” and “value adder” in an existing business.


These "go-getter" people can be found anywhere and there is tremendous joy in being part of an organisation and adding value no matter what you are doing - that guy at MacDonald’s that greets his customer with a smile, or the lady at the dentist office that makes a joke to get you to relax before you go in, or the guy at the petrol station that washes your front back and side windows without asking when you fill up! - Yes that happened to me – it was really outstanding and I did give him a big tip. These people are found everywhere adding value to the companies they represent.


At Ishishini Lethu we try to develop both kinds of people. Put your B-BBEE spend to good use and help us in creating leaders and advocates in the community. Contact me NOW - chris@ilethu.co.za



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