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Bulletin Board Wisdom…

May 22, 2012

I’m a collector. Some might say hoarder, but I prefer “collector”. The focus of my “collection” is thoughts, ideas and random pieces of interesting information. My “collection” is extensive and in being so, as you might imagine, it is everywhere!

There is no room in my home that is not replete with books. But the real heart of my collection is in my home office. There you’ll find stacks of articles and newspaper clippings occupying the corners of my desk.  My desk blotter (yes, I have a desk blotter! I think today they call them desk pads) is actually a large paper calendar and is covered with “notes” hastily jotted as thoughts or conversations occurred. And on the wall, is a large bulletin board. At least, I think there is a bulletin board under all that paper.

Once in awhile, I choose a limited portion of my collection and reacquaint myself with its contents. And that is exactly what I did with the bulletin board today. I began by carefully pulling tacks and evaluating the individual items for worthiness to remain in the collection. It’s in doing this that I came across a wonderful document. The documents title is “The Intrapreneur’s Ten Commandments”.

We are all probably familiar with entrepreneurship, which is defined as a person who independently undertakes risks to innovate. We may not be as familiar with intrapreneurship, which is acting as an entrepreneur within an organization!

Though many among us would like to be the visionary entrepreneur that innovates a new way forward in the healthcare industry, the chances are low that that dream will be realized. But we all have the opportunity to tap into our individual intrapreneurship and work inside our organizations to enable small innovations in how we work.

So to that end, the rallying cry to the healthcare workforce is – Dare to become an INTRAPRENEUR!

In our quest to influence the changes we know need to be made to insure a healthier healthcare system that provides the kind of care we would all want to receive, we need only follow these rules:

The Intrapreneur’s Ten Commandments”

1.       Come to work each day willing to be fired.

2.       Circumvent any orders aimed at stopping your dream.

3.       Do any job needed to make your project work, regardless of your job description.

4.       Find people to help you.

5.       Follow your intuition about the people you choose, and work only with the best.

6.       Work underground as long as you can – publicity triggers the corporate immune mechanism.

7.       Never bet on a race unless you are running in it.

8.       Remember it is easier to ask for forgiveness than for permission.

9.       Be true to your goals, but be realistic about the ways to achieve them.

10.   Honor your sponsors.

(Author Unknown)

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