What constitutes entrepreneurial thinking is far from clear to everyone. These reasons suggest that you should address it urgently to optimize your performance in the workplace.
Entrepreneurial thinking, as some people think, is needed, well – as an entrepreneur. That’s right. But it makes perfect sense to think entrepreneurially, even if you do not run a business, but work as a worker in a company. This is what many employers have recognized – and therefore promote the “Entrepreneurial Spirit” in their company.
That’s what makes entrepreneurial thinking!
The fact that entrepreneurial thinking makes sense not only for company owners and the self-employed is a finding that has prevailed in many places in the world of work. Many bosses are happy when their employees take home the premises of entrepreneurial thinking in their job. But what does entrepreneurial thinking actually mean?
A basic idea is that employees deal with the interests of the company they work in as if they were their own. It is always about helping the company to be more successful.
This is done by the employee acting efficiently and effectively. He has the economic efficiency of his actions in mind, and he sets the right priorities. He identifies with his company, and he thinks about how to optimize processes and procedures. In short, his ultimate goal is the success of his employer, and he acts accordingly.
Many basic ideas of entrepreneurial thinking can take you and your career one step further – and make you indispensable to your superiors. These are some reasons why you should think in the workplace as an entrepreneur.
IT MAKES YOU BETTER
If you want to think entrepreneurially, you have to start with yourself. What am I doing well, where is there room for improvement? Which processes succeed me without effort, on which tasks do I sit regularly longer?
A thorough self-analysis can help you better assess your own work. So you can find out where you can (still) get better and how you can implement these insights. This will also notice your boss – and see in you a performer.
YOU WORK MORE EFFECTIVELY
And why are you becoming more efficient? Exactly because you find out what tasks you spend unnecessarily long and what can be done better. When you think about how to optimize your activities, you are bound to find some areas for improvement.
Thanks to these findings, you can restructure your daily work routine. If you find out which activities are less productive, although they take a lot of time, you can organize these activities differently in the future. And that makes your work much more effective.
YOU EARN THE TRUST OF YOUR BOSS
Is it already five o’clock? Nothing like home! That is how many workers think. Whether the activity with which they were just busy has ended satisfactorily is often of lesser importance. Anyone who thinks entrepreneurially, however, primarily focuses on the interests of their employer. And he acts accordingly.
It has become your own interest that your employer succeeds, and you consider what you can do to help. This may mean that you stay a bit longer, it may also mean that you are suggesting to your boss how to optimize work practices he did not ask for.
If you act like that, your superiors will also notice – and trust you.
YOU KEEP THINKING
You can work on a task according to the fixed scheme you have been relying on for the past five years. After all, you know it that way, and nobody has asked you to change anything. If you think about it, you may notice that you are not optimally working on this particular activity.
Therefore, consider how a task can be solved most efficiently. Think around the corner, and always a step further – after all, it’s all about the big picture in the end.
IT SHOWS YOU AS A SOURCE OF INSPIRATION
Part of the “Entrepreneurial Spirit” is that you – of course voluntarily – keep up to date with your work and the industry in which you work. If you follow developments closely, you can incorporate these insights into your work.
Your employer will notice that you are bringing in innovative ideas and looking for new solutions. That makes you a source of inspiration in the office.
COMPLICATED PROCESSES CAN BE A THING OF THE PAST
Everyone knows them, the activities that are popular with nobody, that take a long time and are complicated, but that still have to be done. But is not there a way to make these tasks a bit easier? For example, by using new tools or through a different process?
There are many ways to simplify an activity. And then there is more time left for other important things that are more enjoyable.
YOU CAN GIVE VALUABLE POINTERS TO YOUR EMPLOYER
The café you work in always orders too many pies. You would not care, after all, there is more left for you. However, this is uneconomical for your employer. So, when you’re ordering something or using things your employer pays, think about whether that’s really what you need. Often, employers rely on the clues of their employees to determine where things can be improved.
YOU PROVE YOUR INDEPENDENCE
Every boss loves employees who think and act independently – and who, when faced with a problem, first look for a solution themselves. If you no longer have to point out something obvious, you show that you think. You profile yourself as someone who defines goals, structures his work, and tackles tasks effectively.
YOU DO NOT CARE FOR MORE WORK FOR OTHERS
Shit, the computer has problems again. And then the mail program suddenly stops working. Some employees then immediately pick up the phone to contact the IT department – and do more work there. Do not look elsewhere for every little thing, but think about how to solve the problem. If you really get stuck, you can still ask – and in the best case you have already worked out solutions that make you seem competent.
YOU BECOME AN IMPORTANT CONTACT PERSON
Many workers only have their own interests in mind. However, a good employee strives to see the interests of his colleagues or those of other departments as well. He knows that the big picture matters, so he makes every effort to work together effectively. If you do not block conflicts but seek solutions and compromises, you will become a sought-after contact and mediator for your colleagues and your boss.